In advance of Philafieldhockey.com’s free “Navigating the Recruiting Process” seminar on March 5, our four Phila-area presenting college coaches share some insights on what they look for when recruiting:
“Of course finding the athletes with quality fundamental technical skills are important during the recruiting process. However ironically, the first things I look for during the recruiting process are the intangible characteristics she possesses. How they communicate, how they conduct themselves during adverse situations, how they handle stress, how they interact with family, coaches, umpires and team mates, do they get back on defense to cover their team mates back, do they celebrate their team mate’s successes AND their own. None of the above require “hockey skill”. It’s all about character. The willingness to put team before self for the benefit of the program. I can teach skill, but the innate drive and desire of the athlete to challenge themselves to get one step better, one day at a time….that’s who I want. That’s character. That’s leadership. Understanding what’s needed to garner a positive result for the team. I want the leaders.” ~ Marybeth Freeman, Temple University Head Coach
“For me being a D3 coach of two sports, it’s very unique and I think there’s a certain type of athlete who has us on their radar, perhaps because they want to play multiply sports in college, so that’s very appealing to me. I’m also looking for athletes who appreciate the beauty of D3 — the work, life, balance aspect. I have many young ladies who have done a semester abroad, serve as editor of our newspaper, are RA’s, and have valuable internships. These are most often the kinds of student-athletes I look for.” ~ Jackie Neary, Cabrini University Head Coach
“I personally look for the complete package. I not only want a great field hockey player, but I want someone of good character, that understands we look to excel on and off the field. In terms of the particular field hockey traits, I do not recruit any positions, but the total hockey player. I love players who can handle the ball, have some speed, have some specialty skills, and if you happen to be an exceptional striker, even better.” ~ Amy Cohen, West Chester University Head Coach
“From a physical aspect my staff and I look for shear athleticism and speed. Refined positional skill set is important but we firmly believe that can be developed at the collegiate level. We look for aggressive athletes who offensively take risks and defensively are relentless and resilient workers. From a mental aspect we look for athletes that have good energy, positive body language, and love the game. We watch how they react after failure and how they are respected on their team. Coaches recommendations go a long way! ” ~ Colleen Fink, University of Pennsylvania Head Coach
Having knowledge about how the recruiting process works is essential. Hearing from Phila-area head field hockey coaches and players with the inside scoop – what they really look for in a student-athlete and what you should look for in a program – is priceless. The valuable insights, above, are just a few that you will hear at the “Navigating the Recruiting Process”, a free seminar for all field hockey athletes interested in playing in college. All players, parents, coaches, club directors, and supporters are welcome to attend.
The seminar will include presentations from four distinguished coaches, highlighted above — from Division I, Division I Ivy, Division II, and Division III — each sharing essential info on the recruiting process including the timeline for their respective division, do’s and don’ts, what really catches their eyes, and what athletes need to evaluate for themselves.
Philafieldhockey.com is honored to welcome Marybeth Freeman, Head Coach of Temple University (DI / Big East Conference); Colleen Fink, Head Coach of University of Pennsylvania (DI / Ivy League); Amy Cohen, Head Coach of West Chester University (DII / PSAC Conference) and Jackie Neary, Head Coach of Cabrini University (DIII / CSAC Conference). CLICK here to learn more about these coaches in the first post about this event.
Following the coaches’ presentations will be a Question & Answer session with the coaches and current college players, who will also share their stories and perspectives about playing collegiate hockey.
The recruiting seminar will be held on Sunday, March 5 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Cabrini University, Radnor. Registration is required; the hall is half full to capacity at this time; CLICK here to register.
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