Blazer student-athletes recognized for having 3.0 GPA or better
Junior Season (2013)
A key member of the UAB defense, playing in 13 of 18 contests ... became the second player in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors ... named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team and CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 Team ... had one goal on the year ... member of the UAB backline that registered five shutouts on the year ... part of a UAB defense that allowed only 23 goals on the year, which ranks sixth in program history ... scored his first career goal against Mercer (9/21) ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll ... earned the Conference USA Academic Medal.
Sophomore Season (2012)
Recorded action in eight matches during the 2012 season ... registered two shots, one coming on frame, in the squad's 1-1 tie at Charlotte (8/31) ... tallied three shots on the year, one on goal ... garnered the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal, given to student-athletes who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better ... also earned Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll accolades.
Freshman Season (2011)
Played two games during season ... first collegiate action came against Illinois-Chicago (9/4) ... also saw action against Oral Roberts (9/9) ... earned the Conference USA Academic Medal, given to student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better ... also named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll ... a member of the Blazers 4.0 Club each semester during his freshman year.
A four-year letterwinner under head coach Tony Whicker at St. George's Independent School ... helped lead his team to the 2008 state championship and state semifinals in 2009 and 2010 ... was selected as an all-state and all-region performer in 2010 and 2011 ... owns high school record for total points in a season (37), career goals (39) and career points (99) ... was named the 2001 District MVP ... was named the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and is a National Merit finalist ... also awarded the Wendy's Heisman Trophy ... a member of the National Honor Society and the Cum Laude Society.
Other Soccer Info
Played his club ball for the Tennessee Rush under head coach Ross Paule ... helped lead his club team to five consecutive state championships ... a member of the Tennessee Olympic Development Team ... was recruited to UAB after his participation in the Mike Getman Soccer Camp.
Born Ian Wetzel Michalak on Aug. 16, 1993 in Dayton, Ohio ... son of Rick and Amy Michalak ... two sisters, Mia and Calla ... neuroscience/pre-med major.