Al Chesnavage | Assistant Coach | Women’s Soccer | York College of Pennsylvania

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

There are many qualities that we look for in our Student Athletes here at York College. I always like to first off, go and see the students play, in our case it would be soccer. I look for 6 things in the athlete on the field: #1) Are they having fun and enjoying themselves and the sport – Attitude is extremely important #2) Speed – cannot teach speed, you have it or you don’t #3) Skills #4) Stamina #5) Strength #6) Smart player – making good decisions under high pressure. I also look for leadership qualities on the field and off, and above all good sportsmanship. Grades are also very important. At York College, low SAT scores will not get you into our Program or School.

Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

In 2007, we won our conference Championship for the first time in York College Women’s Soccer History and finished # 16 in the Nation. Our players stepped up as a Unit to achieve this goal. We had 2 players in particular that led that team to be as successful as it was. Emily Sullivan and Erin Kuhn pulled the team together and by their hard work and example, walked the walk and talked the talk. Their hard work and dedication and desire to win was contagious. They broke the York College Scoring record that year, their Senior year, and were a part of York College Women’s Soccer History. They pushed the team to be the best they could be, and it was our best Season ever!