Shawn Burke | Assistant Coach | Women’s Soccer | University of Buffalo

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

We see so many soccer games and players. We want kids who stand out for multiple reasons:

  • Desire
  • Skill
  • Athleticism
  • Strength
  • Mental toughness
  • Leadership
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

We are graduating a walk-on transfer who went from not making the travelling team her junior year to playing the most minutes of anyone her senior year. She is the strongest athlete I have ever coached (male or female) mentally. She showed up everyday mentally and physically. Set the school record on the fitness test on sheer will.