Ray Reid – Recruiting and Developing College to Pro Athletes

The following article was done in collaboration with Soccer Champions Coaches' Clinic and posted in the June 2015 issue of Amplified Soccer Training Magazine. It's reprinted here in full. Dates and statistics have been updated where applicable.


Photo credit:  Steve Slade

Photo credit:  Steve Slade

University of Connecticut Head Coach Ray Reid has established himself as one of the most successful active head coaches among all NCAA Division I college soccer coaches.

This past fall, he finished his 19th season as head coach of the UConn Men's Soccer program and his 27th year as a collegiate head coach. During this time, Reid had earned a reputation as one of college soccer’s legendary leaders on and off the field. Last year, Coach Reid received the 2015 Jim Calhoun Community Service Award given to public figures that actively participate in community service initiatives.

His head coaching resume includes four NCAA National Championships---the 2000 NCAA Division I National Championship at UConn, and the 1990, 1992 and 1995 NCAA Division II National Championships at Southern Connecticut State University.
As impressive as his success on the field at UConn, Reid has also established UConn as a pipeline to MLS. Thirty-five UConn standouts have been drafted in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft since 1999. Fifteen of those players have been MLS First Round selections. This includes two No 1 overall draft picks; Andre Blake by the Philadelphia Union in 2014 and Cyle Larin by the Orlando City Lions in 2015.

Coach Reid has also established one of the best camp programs for aspirational young athletes. Find out more about the Ray Reid Soccer School at www.rayreid.com.


Interview

Amplified Soccer: What do athletes need to do on their own to prepare to play at the highest level?

Ray Reid: Athletes need to make a commitment every day to train if they choose to compete at the highest level. If you want to be a serious player then the commitment has to be such. The days of being a very good player while training part-time are over. 

AS: What characteristics do you look for in potential recruits?

Reid: We look for athletic guys with good feet and great character. Our types of guys must love the sport and want to train the right way. 

AS: What makes a player stand out to you at camps?

Reid: A player stands out at my camps if he has a good soccer brain, very good feet, is passionate about the sport, and wants to work.

AS: Is there any recurring theme among the best players you have coached?

Reid: The recurring theme about the best guys I have coached is they are competitive in nature. They are extremely focused and very locked in on being successful. 

AS: What is your advice to young teens looking to get noticed by college coaches?

Reid: My advice to young teens looking to get noticed by college coaches is to always put your best foot forward. You need to make sure you always play hard, because you never know who is watching you. Coaches want difference makers, somebody with a specific skill set that stands out. I also like “sleepers,” guys that are flying under the radar. 

AS: What are some of the best role models in the game right now for young athletes?

Reid: Some of the best role models in the game for young athletes are Michael Bradley, Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller, and Bastian Schweinsteiger. 

Ray Reid's Bio

Four-Time National Champion Collegiate Coach and Four-Time National Coach of the Year

  • 2000 NCAA National Champions
  • 414-109-70 Overall Coaching Record (268-92-55 Record at UConn)
  • Second Active Winningest Coach at the Division I Level
  • 9 Conference Regular Season Champions and 4 Conference Tournament Titles in 18 Seasons at UConn
  • 27 All-Americans and 107 All Conference Selections
  • Won 3 National Championships at Southern Connecticut State University
  • 146-17-15 record at Southern Connecticut

The 2015 Huskies finished with a 10-6-6 overall record advancing to the finals of the American Athletic Conference championship and earning their 17th NCAA Tournament berth in the last 18 seasons.

Full Bio at UCONNHUSKIES.com



Ray Reid’s MLS Pipeline

  • 1999 Bobby Rhine, Dallas Burn
  • 1999 Maurizio Rocha, Miami Fusion
  • 2001 Brent Rahim, LA Galaxy
  • 2001 Darin Lewis, NY-NJ Metrostars
  • 2002 Chris Gbandi, Dallas Burn
  • 2002 Sam Forko, NY-NJ Metrostars
  • 2002 Mansour Ndiaye, NY-NJ Metrostars
  • 2002 Bryheem Hancock, LA Galaxy
  • 2003 Shavar Thomas, Dallas Burn
  • 2003 Damani Ralph, Chicago Fire
  • 2004 Lindon Pecorelli, SJ Earthquakes
  • 2005 Esteban Arias, Chivas USA
  • 2005 Easton Wilson, NE Revolution
  • 2006 Mpho Moloi, Houston Dynamo
  • 2006 Willis Forko, Real Salt Lake
  • 2007 Kevin Burns, Columbus Crew
  • 2008 Julius James, Toronto FC
  • 2008 Ryan Cordeiro, DC United
  • 2009 O’Brian White, Toronto FC
  • 2009 Akeem Priestley, KC Wizards
  • 2009 Chukwudi Chijindu, Chivas USA
  • 2010 Toni Stahl, Philadelphia Union
  • 2010 Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Chicago Fire
  • 2011 Josh Ford, Seattle Sounders
  • 2012 Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Portland Timbers
  • 2012 Tony Cascio, Colorado Rapids
  • 2013 Carlos Alvarez, Chivas USA
  • 2013 Stephane Diop, New York Red Bulls
  • 2013 Jossimar Sanchez, NE Revolution
  • 2013 Max Wasserman, Real Salt Lake
  • 2014 Andre Blake, Philadelphia Union
  • 2014 Mamadou Diouf, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • 2014 George Fochive, Portland Timbers
  • 2015 Cyle Larin, Orlando City Lions
  • 2015 Sergio Campbell, Columbus Crew