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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Chicago Fire forward, Quincy Amarikwa, and former Colorado Rapids and Rochester Rhinos midfielder, Ross LaBauex join us to discuss the college recruiting process. Together Quincy and Ross wrote “The Ultimate College Soccer Recruiting Blueprint” and co-founded PerfectSoccerRecruit.com, making them the perfect guests for this hangout.
Send your questions to Quincy, Ross, or Amplified Soccer on Twitter using the hashtag #SoccerRecruit and we will answer as many as we can at the end of the show.Read More