University of Wisconsin Stout
Lauren played in 19 games totaling 618 minutes; scored first collegiate goal against Minnesota Morris on Sept. 19, 2022 and finished Freshman season with two goals and one assist.
This is a guide for anyone who is interested in exploring college soccer opportunities. Use this as a general reference -- but also speak with other coaches and adults who have experience with the recruiting process. We strongly recommend talking with your High School coach(es) and WCS's DOC/coaches about your unique path.
First and foremost -- If you want to play soccer in college, you need to do the heavy lifting! Contrary to popular belief, college coaches won't come knocking down your door. Being active, getting involved, communicating proactively and leading the charge are absolutely necessary!
What are your interests outside of soccer? What are your longer-term career and life goals? Have you identified your career-related aptitudes?
Email is a critical tool for college coaches to communicate with prospects. Most high school-aged students don’t rely on and/or engage with email the same way as adults. Email is a must for players to adopt into their communication process.
Choosing the right level of play is critical for your individual success:
These are steps you can take today to get your journey started.
✅ Build a 'Soccer Resume': Include pertinent details such as recruiting profile, current high school, current Club, recent achievements (team and individual), academic stats, etc. Most colleges now use a "recruit questionnaire" intake form that can be found on their school's athletics page.
✅ Create Video Highlights: Ask your parents/friends/coaches to help record your games to gather playing time highlights. Highlights don't necessarily have to be goals or big plays, but can focus on solid stretches of play throughout games. Focus on your strengths -- use video to let coaches know who you are on the field and how you contribute to a game. Video highlights will differ by position and should be kept as brief as possible.
✅ Attend ID Camps: ID camps are generally hosted by college programs and are used to evaluate players in a mixed group setting -- much like ODP tryouts at the youth level. ID camps can be one or multiple days and generally cost ~$100-300 to join. Be thoughtful and do your research before registering and attending, as not all ID camps are created equal. When in doubt, ask for advice!
✅ Build a List of Schools: Create a list of schools based on academics, athletics, social/environment, cost, location, etc. Start with a long list and narrow as you go.
✅ Create a Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan with short-list schools (email, phone, recruiting profiles, ID camp, campus visit). College coaches want to hear from you, and sometimes you have to be persistent!
✅ Socialize Your Game Schedules: Invite schools/college coaches to see you play by sharing HS and Club game schedules and livestream links.
It is important for parents to be involved with the recruiting process but parents must not be overbearing. The prospect should be the primary point of contact – coaches are recruiting prospects, not parents. Coaches want to learn about the prospect and the prospect needs to be able to independently demonstrate that he/she is interested in the school and soccer program. Parents must allow the prospect to communicate with the coach and develop a rapport. The biggest mistake parents make is not allowing the prospect to engage with the coach.
Compile the below details to share with college coaches via recruiting questionnaires, emails and/or other methods:
REMEMBER: Coaches/programs will search for and find your social profiles -- this is more reason to be responsible and thoughtful about what you're sharing online! Your online persona is your real life persona.