Key word for rising seniors – short list.

Juniors, what’s the number one piece of advice from a college-bound senior?  Start the college selection and planning process early!!  The earlier, the better!


Not surprisingly, many juniors have a hard time accepting the fact that, in just 6 short months, they will be seniors, and subsequently, they will be applying to college.  This notion may feel a bit scary- after all, it involves a lot of change.  So, because kids love to procrastinate, they might put off serious college planning, research, and college visits until summer.  The problem with this approach is that summer tends to get busy and fly by in a flash.  When students finally start to think about college in earnest, possibly half way through the summer, they get overwhelmed by the vast amount of choices, the lengthy applications, personal statements, and more.  But it doesn’t have to go this way!

Key word for rising seniors – short list.   You were ask to put a list together your sophomore year of 20+ potential colleges.   That list was cleaned up and Adjusted junior year with the Top 15.   That list was the focus of communication and showcases.   That should have started serious conversations with potential colleges.

The summer of a rising senior should be filled with college visits (non-soccer) and college ID college specific camps.  By the end of summer, the student-player needs to have a short list (under 7) of targeted colleges.   On the other side, the Student-player needs to be on the short list of college coaches.  You should be having communication (email, in-person, etc) with the coaches.   Their feedback should let you know there is interest.

Next step is to send the application for admission to the college.  After acceptance, circle back to the coach for roster spots.

National Letter of Intent for Soccer and Men’s Women:            February 1, 2017



Finding the Right College

Finding the Right College Summary


Right College

MTSA gives you the training and tools. It is up to you to get recruited for soccer.

Funny video of player expectations.   Remember – MTSA gives you the training and tools.   It is up to you to get recruited for soccer.


POST – Tournament email to college coaches – example

Hi Coach Black,


Thanks for your email.  I have two videos, a 2013 highlight video and a 2014 highlight video.  Here is a link to both of them:


Enter First video link…………….

Enter Second video link………….


I have been in contact with our manager and club coach and our team has applied to Dallas Cup and I will let you know if we are accepted.  If we do not play Dallas, we will play the Las Vegas Showcase. We will also be playing in the Coastal League out here on the West Coast.


Here is a link to my high school transcript.  I will have the updated transcript through the first half of my junior year later this week.


Enter link (PDF) of the academic transcript………..


Here is a picture of my current grades this semester that calculate to a weighted 4.0:


I am taking a practice ACT in December and the real ACT and SAT in early February.  I have been taking ACT classes.


Looking forward to your thoughts,


A recruit.







Dear Coach Black,

Thank you for coming out to tournament name today and watching some of our game. I was excited to hear that you asked my manager about my colleges of interest. I am definitely interested in the University both academically and for the soccer program. At this point I am thinking about majoring in business, and, of course, I’m interest in the business is an excellent business school. My overall GPA is a 3.83, however I am currently pulling a 4.0 this semester. As my coach my have mentioned, a few of my strengths are my speed, my play making ability and the fact I can play off of both feet (although I consider myself mainly left-footed).

I am including a link here to my NCSA recruiting profile to give you more information and some videos of me. I would like to get on the phone when you have a chance to discuss what it would take to earn a spot on your roster.


A Reruit

Pre Tournament email to College Coach – example

Dear Coach [Recipient Name]:

My name is John Doe and I am a midfielder on the East Coast Raders Club Team.  I am currently a junior at Essex High School and beginning my college search.  I am interested in attending Boston University and contributing to your soccer program.  I believe Boston University is a good fit for me academically and athletically and have attached my resume for your review.


I would very much like you to watch me play.  I will be in Des Moines, Iowa with my club team, East Coast Raders, for the National Showcase in a few weeks. If you or one of your staff is planning on making the trip, I would love it if you would watch me play.  My squad number is 14 and I play as a Central Midfielder.  As of right now, here is our team’s schedule for the tournament:


Saturday, July 4: 12:00 PM vs. Team X on field 16.

Sunday, July 5: 12:00 PM vs. Team Y on field 12.

Monday, July 6: 3:30 PM vs. Team Z on field 10.


If there are any changes to our schedule, I will make sure to email you with any updates in a prompt fashion.  My attached resume also includes a list of upcoming tournaments.


I recently visited your athletic program’s website and completed the online player profile questionnaire.  I also noticed that your team has had a great deal of success in your non-conference schedule. Based on your online roster, it looks like you are graduating three midfielders in the year in which I would enter.  I hope you will consider me in your 2015 recruiting class.


I believe that I could be an asset to your program both on and off the field. Thank you for your time and I hope you can make the trip to Nationals to watch us play.


So You Want to Play College Soccer?

So You Want to Play College Soccer?


College Sports Connect (Division I,II, III, NAIA, etc Programs database)

Great intro database to search for college and sports.  Click the link


College Sports Connect (Division I,II, III, NAIA, etc Programs database)


THE COLLEGE PLACEMENT PROCESS by Miguel Nuila, head coach of the LMSC Velez (Under 18 Boys)
Written: December 5, 2009

The LMSC Velez is in its 11th year of existence with most of the players on the squad having been on the team since Under 10.It has been a long and difficult road over the years but the team has persevered and now we are being rewarded handsomely in college hunt.

The success of our college placement is due to mainly to these factors:

The amazing attitude that our parents have kept throughout the years.First and foremost, parents concentrated on one thing: their sons having fun in the game they love so much.By U-12, we had lost ALL of the parents wanting to professionalize their sons’ soccer.Oddly enough, those that left us and that still play the sport are no better off college wise than any of the boys that chose to stay.

The impeccable integrity of our families.When a player commits to a coach, there are no take backs.When a school commits to a player, it is because that school is the player’s number one choice.This integrity has given the team a good reputation with many colleges and universities.

Our parents got REAL very early in the process.For a team with the success that we have had, we have six players committed to Division 3 programs with more to follow this year as the Juniors begin committing.Schools like Amherst, Williams, Bowdoin, Carnegie Mellon, Vassar, Dickinson, Johns Hopkins, F&M, Rochester, and others frequently attend our games looking for that next potential recruit.The word is out that Velez supports Division 3 programs.

As the old saying goes, “there are 300 million citizens in the US and only 300 players of soccer at the highest level.Is it more important that they grow up to be a good soccer players or good citizens?”Of course, having a talented bunch did help a lot as well.The results of our college placements can be found at:

During the beginning of our sophomore year, we used the following excerpt from a recruiting article.These are the words that set the tone for our entire recruiting campaign.

BE REALISTIC: Do not assume that because you are not an ODP or Representative player with great credentials that you cannot be recruited. There are not enough big names to go around. Over one thousand colleges compete in soccer. You can compete at many of the schools seeking decent players.

BE REALISTIC: When you set out to be recruited do not involve schools that you would not or could not go to if you were accepted. It is a waste of everyone’s time and money.

BE REALISTIC: Most young athletes are disappointed in their senior year because they assume a college coach is going to find them. Coaches do not have the time or money to search for athletes. You must help them by selling yourself.

BE REALISTIC: You are going to college to continue your education. You should be using soccer to help you complete that goal. Make your decision based on academic and social considerations NOT soccer. Carefully consider whether you want to be a small fish in a big pond or a big fish in a small pond.

BE REALISTIC: Limit your marketing efforts to twenty to twenty-five schools.

BE REALISTIC: Full ride athletic scholarships are so rare they might just as well not exist. You are pursuing a package of Academic and Financial assistance. Understand what is possible and pursue that. The stories of a coach pulling into your driveway with money hanging out of his pockets are not realistic.

BE REALISTIC: Academic assistance for admissions is the easiest form of help to get. Do not put yourself in the position of being recruited too high academically. If you should be at New Mexico State do not try for Stanford. One level over your SAT or GPA is about as high as you want to push the academic help.

BE REALISTIC: Do not fall in love with the first coach who calls and says he wants you. You are going to spend four years living and playing somewhere. Be absolutely positive you will be happy in the school you end up in.

BE REALISTIC: Do not attempt to be recruited to a school unless there is at least some reason to believe you can get enough financial assistance to go there. A school that cost $25,000 has to come up with a lot more money to recruit a middle class kid than a school that costs $15,000. If that school only has five scholarships they probably cannot afford you.

BE REALISTIC: When you talk to coaches, they are trying to sell you on their program and you are trying to sell them on your abilities. This can lead to a lot of misunderstandings. If a school makes your final list, check it out very carefully. Twenty-five percent of all freshmen drop out the first year. When you talk to coaches YOU must do the talking. Your Mom and Dad are not being recruited.

BE REALISTIC: Make every attempt to attend camps where the colleges you like coach.Call the coaches directly (you are allowed to call the soccer office at the college) and find out where they will be coaching in winter or summer camps.

Links to NCAA College and Universities Soccer programs

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Links to NCAA College and Universities Soccer programsDIV  IMEN












Junior Colleges Link

Pre Tournament Email template



Dear ______________ [Coach’s Name],


My name is ___________ and I live in ____________.  I am finishing my sophomore year at _________________ [High school].  I am happy to say that __________ [College Name] is at the top of my list of colleges of interest mainly due to its academic program in [insert name of Program] as well as your soccer program.


I believe my academic accomplishments make me an ideal candidate for your school. At the moment, I have an unweighted GPA of _____ [GPA] and a weighted GPA of _____[GPA].  Also, I am one of the starting forwards for my High School Soccer team, which was last year’s FHSAA State Finalists in the 6A schools.  I am also a starter for my club team, ______________.  You can learn more at the following links:


Player Profile:  http://www.

Club Website:  http://www.

My Personal Page in Ranking:  http://www.


I will be playing for my club team ________________ in the following upcoming tournament(s):

Tournament Name, Location, Dates

Tournament Name, Location, Dates
I would appreciate it if you would evaluate me during the tournament(s).  I am very interested in learning more about your program and how I can help your program succeed.


I will provide you with the time and field locations for my games one week prior to the tournament via email just in case you’re interested.  My jersey number is #9 and I will be playing in the Forward/Midfielder position. I look forward to hearing from you and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at my e-mail __________or telephone number _________.


Once again, thank you so much for your time, and I’m looking forward to hearing from you,





Grad Year

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