College Night

College Night 2016

Do you play in the U15 - U19 age group?
Want to play soccer in college but don't know how to get started?

La Roca College Night
Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 pm
Davis Conference Center
1651 North 700 W, Layton, Utah  48041.

For parents and players U15 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
U of U Womens Head Coach Rich Manning
Utah State Womens Head Coach Heather Cairns
Utah Valley University Womens Head Coach Brent Anderson
Weber State Womens Head Coach Tim Crompton
Westminster Womens Head Coach Tony LeBlanc
 
You do not want to miss this event!

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

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College Night 2015

La Roca hosts another informative college night!

La Roca College Night was very informative as parents and players learned important aspects of the collegiate athlete experience from the following women’s soccer coaches:

  • Charly Booth – Southern Utah University Assistant Coach
  • Brent Anderson - Utah Valley University Head Coach
  • Chris Watkins – Brigham Young University Associate Head Coach
  • Tony LeBlanc – Westminster College Head Coach
  • Rich Manning – University of Utah Head Coach
  • Tim Crompton – Weber State University Head Coach
  • Heather Cairns – Utah State University Head Coach

Real Salt Lake midfielder Luke Mulholland first addressed the audience, and shared his life story as well as some advice to aspiring soccer players. He emphasized the importance of balancing school and soccer, while appreciating the life-long friends you’ll make along the way.

Will Pridemore, the Director of Compliance from Weber State University, then presented information about NCAA college eligibility requirements for student athletes. This information can be accessed at: www.ncaa.org

The seven college coaches in attendance were then introduced, and the floor was opened to questions from the audience. The following are highlights of what was discussed:

  • Attend ID camps and clinics at colleges they are interested in attending. This is one of the best ways for coaches to see players in a controlled playing environment. Check the school’s website for scheduled camps.
  • Create a one-page player profile or resume to send to college coaches. In addition to a good head-shot photo, contact information, graduation year, GPA, extra curricular activities, leadership experience, etc., include soccer highlights (tournaments attended, awards, statistics), and attach a brief (3-5 minutes max) video.
  • Email college coaches (both head coaches and assistant coaches) regularly to keep your name in front of them. Let them know of your interest in their program, their school, and invite them to watch you play. Give specific details about where you will be playing (date, time, location, field #, your team name, your jersey #, and position), who you will be playing, as well as your coach’s name and phone number, and your parents’ names and phone numbers.
  • Visit the campus you want to attend. Take a tour. Meet with an academic advisor. Check out the soccer facilities, and if try to arrange to meet with the coach(es).
  • Strive to advance to more competitive environments, such as a higher level team, ODP, or more competitive tournaments.
  • Continue developing your soccer skills and try to gain experience playing more than one position.
  • Get good grades and apply for academic scholarships. Many athletes earn academic scholarships before receiving any athletic aid.
  • Be persistent!