Union FC families! If your player is birth year 2003 or older, come check out this FREE information session by college admissions expert Billy Downing exclusively for Union FC players and their families. This is the first in a series of seminars to help our players and their families work through the complexities of finding the right college. See the flyer below for information and registration. All families are welcome, but the session will be geared for players 2003 and older. We look forward to seeing you there!
UNION FC College Advisory Program
Hello UNION FC Soccer Families,
I am very excited to join the UNION FC in the capacity of Director of Player Development (Girls u13 – u18), and also in taking the lead to develop the UNION FC College Advisory Program. The College Advisory Program (CAP) is being established to provide aspiring UNION FC soccer players (u15 – u19) and their families with important information and online resources about the college search and recruiting process at the NCAA Division I – II – III, NAIA, and JC levels.
I look forward to utilizing my seventeen years of collegiate coaching and recruiting experience (Division I & II) to educate and assist our UNION FC players and their families through our College Advisory Program. My collegiate soccer coaching and recruiting experience includes:
- Division I – UC Davis, Associate Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Recruiting Coordinator / Director of Camps & Clinics: 2004 – 2014
- Division I – Indiana State University, Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach: 2000 – 2004
- Division II – California State University, San Bernardino, Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach: 1997 – 2000
The UNION FC CAP will continue to be developed throughout the year. Important information and online resources will be added to include, but not limited to:
- NCAA (Division I, II, III) and NAIA Recruiting Rules
- Eligibility Center Academic Requirements (NCAA Division I & II)
- College Information and Identification (ID) Events
- College Commitments & National Letter of Intent Signing Day Recognitions
- General Recruiting, College Admittance and Financial Aid Information (FAFSA – fafsa.ed.gov – Free Application for Federal Student Aid – through the U.S. Department of Education)
In addition to the information and resources provided, the most important part of the college search / recruiting process is YOU – the Player! YOU will ultimately determine the BEST FIT (in terms of academics, soccer, financial, locations, size of school, environment, etc, etc). And YOU ultimately make the daily decisions that determine whether or not you are giving yourself the best opportunity to be successful – on the soccer field, in the classroom and in your social environments. To increase your opportunities for success:
- Keep your GPA as HIGH as possible
- Elevate YOUR commitment to YOUR individual development as a player
- Take care of YOUR body – maintain a high level of fitness & strength, commit to the injury prevention and recovery process – to include proper warm up and cool down, strength and conditioning, proper nutrition, etc.
- Make GOOD social decisions
Here are a few more thoughts to consider as you begin or continue your college search process…
Do your Research!
- Learn as much as you can about the school, the admissions requirements and the soccer program – start online at the college / soccer program websites, visit the campus, talk to the coaches, talk to admissions counselors, talk to the financial aid office, talk to current and former players, attend ID camps, etc
- Know the NCAA/NAIA/JC Recruiting Rules
Determine your Top Priorities in your college search process
- What are the 3 – 5 most important choice selections to you
- and your family – location, cost, academic majors offered,
- playing time, size of school, availability of scholarships, etc
- In matching your commitment level, soccer abilities, athleticism, academic endeavors, etc to your desired school and level of soccer programs
Narrow down your large list of desired schools to 5 – 6
- Each of these schools profiles should be consistent with your most current list of top priorities
Be Persistent in expressing your interest
- Email college coaches to inform them of when and where you will be playing . Include your name, team name, jersey number, email address, phone number, coach contact information, and your year of HS graduation – very important in every email.
- Don’t be easily discouraged after sending out just one email.
- College coaches have busy jobs, they get hundreds of emails, and they may also be restricted by NCAA rules as to when they can correspond with players
Make your ultimate decision based on the BEST FIT for YOU (consistent with your top priorities) to have the BEST OVERALL EXPERIENCE in ALL aspects of college life – academics, soccer and social!
- If you could not play soccer anymore (for any unforeseen reason) – would you still be happy with your choice?
I look forward to being a resource for all of our UNION FC players and families! Keep checking back for more information to be added in the near future. If you have questions, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
GO UNION FC!
Head Coach/SubGroup Leader u14 – u17 Girls
Director of Player Development Girls u13 – u18
UNION FC College Advisory Program Director
Physical Education Instructor, UC Davis