College Soccer Recruiting Session Draws A Crowd

SLYSA-College-Recruiting-audienceSt Louis Youth Soccer Association (SLYSA) put on another well received session Monday night targeted to high school players and their parents looking for more information on the college recruiting experience.

Led by Moderator Paul Zarky, the Executive Director at Metro Strikers Soccer Club, the event included several speakers and a panel of coaches who answered questions for the attendees.

Led off by guest speaker Janet Lee Oberle, the Associate Director of Athletics at St. Louis University as well as a former player at SLU, she offered some details on the constraints NCAA Coaches work under. One of the biggest I often hear about is the lack of communication from coaches which, as Janet emphasized, is due to NCAA rules. The best example – players may contact coaches and if you catch the coach in their office, they may talk to you. They cannot call you back however, except during specified periods in the recruiting cycle. So don’t take it personally when you don’t get a return call but do keep trying to reach the coach.

The session also offered presentations on NAIA and NJCAA opportunities and differences, by John Klein at Columbia College and Ricardo Garza at Jefferson CC.

College Coaches who participated included:
Derek Burton, Head Women’s Coach at SIUE (NCAA DI)
Greg Henson, Asst. Men’s and Women’s Coach at Lindenwood University (NCAA DII)
Brian Hoener, Head Men’s and Women’s Coach at Fontbonne University (NCAA DIII)
John Klein, Head Men’s and Women’s Coach at Columbia University (NAIA)
Ricardo Garza, Head Men’s Coach at Jefferson Community College (NJCAA)

The event was sponsored by STL Digital, who featured some sample recruiting videos, as well as Excel Sports & Physical Therapy and Excel Performance Training. The facilities were excellent at Logan College of Chiropractic and could have handled 3 times as many who attended.

I have a beginning series of interviews with regional coaches on the college recruiting process as well. Click here to see them. I’ll be incorporating the feedback and questions from Monday’s session in my future interviews. If you have suggestions or questions, use the contact form or leave a comment below.

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