Alumni Profiles

Matt Hoffman

Matt Hoffman '14

Why did you choose Luther?
I chose Luther because of its opportunity for me to compete at the highest Division III level while pursuing a well-rounded education, making me a strong candidate for future jobs after graduation. I could tell even on my first visit to the campus that it was an individualized environment that fostered for the students whatever they needed to be successful. Furthermore, all that comes along with the picturesque town of Decorah itself made it a very easy decision for me to make the commitment of coming to Luther.

What are you up to now?
I have been practicing as a Registered Nurse for two years and currently am working in the Medical/Surgical/Transplant ICU at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In my free time I mountain bike, fish and go antiquing with my wife! I also of course play a little pick-up soccer when time allows and knock the ball with the Luther guys whenever we get the chance.

What are some of your favorite memories?
There are two that initially pop into my head when thinking back at my career as a Luther soccer player. The first one consists of beating Loras 2-0 at home my sophomore year, and that same year hosting the first two rounds of the 2012 NCAA tournament where we were eventually flown out to Ohio to compete in the sweet-sixteen. The second was my senior year in San Antonio, TX when we beat Trinity 2-0 in the first game of the season. There was definitely a lot more to that game than just the score and we all knew it. The atmosphere associated with these games is something I will never forget.

Tell us about your favorite moment on the field.
My favorite moment on the field was in Chicago at the first round of the 2014 NCAA tournament, scoring not only the game's first goal, but the the first goal of the 2014 NCAA tournament. However, I do have to admit that most of my memories made were from the off field experiences throughout my time at Luther with the team.


Oketekyie Dakwa-Agyekum

Oketekyie Dakwa-Agyekum '13

Why did you choose Luther?
I wish l had a better story but it was down to the 'Mom' factor. My mom was visiting for my high school graduation and she wanted see the colleges that l was considering at the time. We took an unofficial visit to Luther, and she loved the scenery and thought l would have a way better education here than the community college that was at the top of my list. I wasn't thrilled with the idea but she was paying, so it was a short argument. Sidebar: the community college got banned for recruiting infractions the year l would have started there and l had a great 4 years at Luther so listen to your moms.

I'm sure if you ask Coach this question he will say I came to Luther because he is a great recruiter.

What are you up to now?
I wrestle with spreadsheets and checklists daily working as an auditor with Ernst & Young in the Twin Cities focusing mainly on clients in the Wealth and Asset Management Industry. I try to recreate the glory days playing in various leagues around the city sometimes with teammates from Luther.

What are some of your favorite memories?
My junior season was a very special one. The team was comprised of a lot of interesting personalities. For the most part, irrespective of the results on the field, you have good memories due to camaraderie with teammates, but that shared feeling is at its best during a successful season. That's what we had that season. Perhaps the best symbol for that season was after we lost in the Sweet 16 on penalties, that feeling of loss was quickly replaced by the satisfaction that comes from knowing we did our best and culminated in Saul (whose height generous estimates have placed at 4ft 2in) hiding in luggage compartment on the bus and jumping out to scare Coach as he boarded the bus.

Tell us about your favorite moment on the field.
We hosted a national championship game at Luther in 2011. That was the best atmosphere I've ever played in. It was a great team performance, and l scored after sitting out practice the day before due to sickness and not expecting to play. It was probably the easiest goal l'll ever score (great pass from Adam Dane) but it was very satisfying after a personally challenging season due to injuries. Best dog pile ever.


Jason Block

Jason Block '12

Why did you choose Luther?
When I graduated from high school there were few things I was certain of.  I knew I wanted to play soccer, but that was about it.  Luther has been a perennial powerhouse across the Midwest, and after I visited and stayed overnight with a few of the upperclassmen, and I knew I found my tribe.  The people at Luther combined with the amazing liberal arts education was a no-brainer for me.

What are you up to now?
I graduated from medical school at the University of Iowa last May, and I've moved out to the East Coast to specialize in Emergency Medicine—in Portland, Maine.

What are some of your favorite memories?
There really are too many amazing memories to share.  Teammates became life-long friends off the field, and they were really what made Luther the best four years of my life.  Tubing down the Upper Iowa River, karaoke on Wednesday nights, hanging out at Toppling Goliath brewery, recapping weekend happenings in the cafeteria on Sunday morning, visiting a teammate in Scotland for 6 weeks—it was an unforgettable experience.  Having a bunch of teammates at my wedding earlier this year, and having one as my best man was awesome.

Tell us about your favorite moment on the field.
Everyday at practice and every game was a privilege to share with an awesome group of guys, but one memory comes to mind of when we were away at a rival IIAC school.  I was brought down in a less than clean tackle after a small tussle near the corner flag. My teammates boosted me to my feet, and within seconds I had about 6 teammates at my side warning the other player to straighten up his act.

Another was at the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament my senior year, playing under the lights in front of a huge home crowd and volleying in the game winning goal to advance to the Sweet 16.  The last game under the lights at Luther really couldn't have gone any better.


Micah Kust

Micah Kust '12

Why did you choose Luther?
Luther was always a school I considered attending as my Dad and three uncles went to Luther.  In addition, it gave me the opportunity to study Athletic Training and participate in collegiate soccer when some other schools did not. Ultimately, the biggest reason I decided to choose Luther was because I wanted to be part of the culture that I knew Coach Garcia-Prats was going to build around the men's soccer program.

What are you up to now?
I am a Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist working at Force Physical Therapy in Miami, Florida, as of June 2016. Force Physical Therapy provides the treatment for NFL, NFL combine, MLB, NHL and other pro athletes in addition to the general population.

What are some of your favorite memories?
Some of my favorite memories with my teammates are going out to practice early and working on our ball spraying ability and celebrating our wins against St. Olaf/North Park with the home fans in the NCAA tournament.

Tell us about your favorite moment on the field.
My favorite moment on the field is when the whistle blew at the end 0-0, 2 OT tie against Coe College to finish the 2011 season.  At this moment we became IIAC Conference champions without conceding a goal in conference play. I will always remember walking off the field with my teammates and hearing Coach Garcia-Prats say, "They can never take this moment away."