Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
Our recruiting philosophy includes attracting potential student-athletes who are great people and great soccer players willing to play hard, smart, and together. We find that student-athletes succeed when thriving in and out of the classroom. You must strive to achieve good grades, participate in activities such as community service, and develop critical thinking skills. This helps cultivate their educational experience and strengthens our campus community.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
There is no substitute for hard, focused work. One of my favorite quotes, “hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”, best describes a recent graduate who set the school record in many goalkeeping categories including career shutouts. In this particular case, we recruited a GK who had good character and came from a successful high school team, but self admittedly needed to work on many technical areas to be able to succeed at our level. I am sure there were many difficult times battling through injuries and countless training sessions while not seeing a minute of game action during his Freshman and Sophomore years. However, during this time, he was improving and developing skills which prepared him for the next two years, which were the best two years in school history. He helped our program win its first post-season championship and earned a spot on the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic All-Region team. Most importantly, his work ethic was also found in his studies, earning honor roll numerous times. After graduating, he became a high school teacher and coaches the same high school boys’ soccer team.