College Night

College Night 2017

Chris Wingert has signed with La Roca . . . as our College Night guest speaker! Come meet RSL Defender Chris Wingert.

Do you play in the U14 - U19 age group?
Want to play soccer in college but don't know how to get started?

La Roca College Night
Monday, October 30, 7:00 p.m.
La Roca Park
128 E. South Weber Drive, South Weber, 84405

For parents and players U14 and Older.  You will receive all the information you will need to know straight from the college coaches.

We have college coaches from all over Utah coming to talk and answer questions you may have.  When the time frame is for a coach to be able to contact your player, when and how you need to contact them and more.

What a great way to get information first hand from the College Coaches themselves!
Coaches committed to attend:

BYU Womens Head Coach Jennifer Rockwood
Salt Lake Community College
Mens and Womens Head Coach Mark Davis
Snow College Mens and Womens Head Coach Nuno Gurgel
University of Utah Womens Head Coach Rich Manning
Utah Valley University Womens Head Coach Chris Lemay
Utah Valley University Mens Associate Head Coach Michael Chesler
Utah State University Women’s Head Coach Heather Cairns
Weber State Womens Head Coach Tim Crompton
Westminster Womens Head Coach Tony LeBlanc
Westminster Mens Head Coach Josh Pittman

You do not want to miss this event!

Call La Roca office for more information, 801-825-6040.

Helpful Links:

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA Future Student Athletes


La Roca College Night 2017 was held October 30, following the official grand opening and net-cutting ceremony of La Roca Park. About 150 players and parents attended the event.

Chris Wingert, Real Salt Lake defender, opened the event, and shared some personal stories about being the son of a professional soccer player. Chris played multiple sports throughout elementary and secondary school, eventually focusing on soccer. His advice: “Do what you love.”

Will Pridemore, Director of Compliance for Weber State University, reviewed NCAA eligibility guidelines and academic requirements. For more information, visit

The college coaches panel consisted of the following college coaches:

  • Heather Cairns, Utah State University, Women’s Head Coach
  • Meagan Thunell, Weber State University, Women’s Assistant Coach
  • Rich Manning, University of Utah, Women’s Head Coach
  • Tony LeBlanc, Westminster College, Women’s Head Coach
  • Mark Davis, Salt Lake Community College, Women’s and Men’s Head Coach
  • Michael Chesler, Utah Valley University, Men’s Associate Head Coach
  • Jennifer Rockwood, Brigham Young University, Women’s Head Coach
  • Nuno Gourgel, Snow College, Women’s and Men’s Head Coach
  • Fred Thompson, Southern Utah University, Women’s Head Coach

The following advice was shared by coaches in response to questions from the audience:

  • Create a player profile with all the important personal information (height, weight, graduation year, school, position, jersey number, club team, GPA). Also create a short (4-5 min) highlight video, and include a link to your video.
  • Attend ID camps at college campuses you’re interested in attending.
  • Keep trying to contact coaches; they cannot contact you, so they cannot return a phone call.
  • Choose the college that is the best choice for you and your family based on location, cost, and academic programs, not just the soccer coach or team.
  • Coaches want to know how a player will handle academics, because after playing soccer you still need an education. You’re there to get a degree, not just play soccer.
  • Coaches look at more than just a player’s athleticism; they want players that do well in everything else, not just soccer.
  • Most players now are recruited, as opposed to selected from a tryout. Transfer students might be invited to a tryout.
  • There are opportunities for every player who wants to play college soccer, whether Division I, II, III, or Junior College. You just need to work hard.
  • Club coaches can help players know what type of school they could play at; what would be the best fit for them.
  • Even high school sophomores can visit schools and contact coaches. Ask to watch a practice, meet some of the players. Try to schedule an appointment with the coach and ask questions about the program. It’s important to meet the coach so you know if you like them.
  • The best way to get noticed is to send an email to a coach and invite him/her to watch you play at a tournament. Send them the schedule as soon as it’s available, with all the details (field location, your team, your position, your jersey number). Then follow up. Send a player profile and keep it current. Attend ID camps.
  • Visit the campus, not just the soccer field, so you can check out the school and make sure it’s a good fit for you. Go on a campus tour.
  • Figure out what makes you special and separate from the other players on the field.
  • Coaches want the player that’s going to be the best player when they’re 22, not necessarily 16. It’s hard to know how a player will be when they grow and mature.
  • Best time to create a player profile is in 11th or 12th
  • Be your best and try to get on a coach’s radar. They’ll see what you can do, and that may or may not be what they need at that time on their team.
  • Enjoy it! High school is fun, but college is awesome!