FSU Coach Mark Krikorian Shares Thoughts on How Players Stand Out

FSU Coach Mark Krikorian Shares Thoughts on How Players Stand Out

Florida State’s national champion women’s soccer coach Mark Krikorian was pretty certain that Kristin Grubka had what it took to play at the next level.

“She was always consistent,” said Krikorian, who led FSU to the 2014 NCAA Division I women’s title and the last four College Cups as well as seven College Cups in his first 10 years. 

“Sure [Grubka] had size, but she never took plays off.  She is a winner and she is selfless.  We could see that when we watched her and we knew she would help us win at Florida State.”

Based on his track record, it’s clear Coach Krikorian knows what to look for and he shared some of his tips for young soccer players who aspire to play at the next level.

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5 Tips To Make The Transition To College Soccer EASY

5 Tips To Make The Transition To College Soccer EASY

A new school, new people, and all new surroundings are what you will encounter that first day you step on your college campus. So many emotions are running through your head and the anticipation of preseason is unbearable.  You move into the dorm, meet your roommate; hug your parents goodbye. At that moment, the realization of being away from home and officially being a college student begins to sink in. The next four years are going to be exciting and fun, but not to be unaccompanied with some difficult times. College is a time when you are trying to form your own identity. You're working to figure out what you're passionate about, what motivates you, what classes interest you the most; all while trying to figure out the formula to becoming the best student-athlete you can be. Finding the solution to this formula is no easy feat, and I have personally seen many teammates struggle with balancing it all. 

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Exclusive Interview with Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year

Exclusive Interview with Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year

For the July issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete magazine, we had the opportunity to work with Brianna Pugh to get an exclusive interview with her sister, 2014-15 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year and 2016 UCLA top recruit, Mallory Pugh. We got an inside look at her career to date, decision to go to college instead of play in Europe, the overall recruiting process and more. Below is a sample of that interview.

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Making the Right College Connection

Making the Right College Connection

87% of all parents say a college education is the most important promise they will make to their child.  With student-counselor ratios exceeding 491:1 nationally most families are left to “figure it out” and often turn to their soccer organization for help. 

While soccer organizations promote “education and helping kids”, the fact is, less than 20% offer families any meaningful guidance or support when it comes to college readiness.

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The College Recruiting Process: Finding the Right Tournament

 The College Recruiting Process: Finding the Right Tournament

Every year there are hundreds of youth soccer tournaments taking place in every corner of the country. Maybe you’re even hosting your own tournament. Or perhaps your son or daughter will be participating in one.

While these events allow for friendly competition, there is another activity taking place around the edges: college student-athlete recruiting. It has seemed that over the years the age of recruitment continues to be younger and younger. While there are rules in place that attempt to ‘control’ the process between college coach and athlete, coaches will still begin to look at athletes when they are 15 or 16, sophomore-aged.

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