Philafieldhockey.com’s “Navigating the Recruiting Process” free seminar, this Sunday, March 5th, will bring together four Phila-area college coaches and players to share information about the college field hockey recruiting process. Coaches will share information about: NCAA recruiting guidelines and timelines, athletic scholarships and financial aid, academic standards, questions to ask coaches, in-season and off-season time commitments, as well as their personal views on how to make the recruiting process smooth and what they look for in an athlete. The coaching panel includes: Marybeth Freeman, Temple University Head Coach (Division I), Colleen Fink, University of Pennsylvania Head Coach (DI Ivy), Amy Cohen, West Chester University Head Coach (DII) and Jackie Neary, Cabrini University Head Coach (DIII). The seminar is a unique opportunity as it includes seasoned college coaches and players from all divisions.
In advance of the seminar, the coaches share insights on the recruiting process:
“With the recruiting process starting at a younger age, parental input is far more critical. As parents, we say we want this to be our child’s decision but they need our close guidance; they are not yet able to make this big of decision on their own. It is important that you have them think longer term. My advice is for student-athletes to have a trustworthy support system and to trust them! ” – Colleen Fink, University of Pennsylvania Head Coach
“Consider what you really want out of your college expereince. Do you want to play two sports or be involved in other things on and off campus? For me, being a coach of two sports, it’s very unique and I have a certain type of athlete who is attracted to this — players who want more out of their four years at college.” – Jackie Neary, Cabrini University Head Field Hockey and Lacrosse Coach
“I think you can sum my recruiting speech to every prospective student athlete like this: There is a perfect place for you to play as well as to get the education that YOU want and deserve. Find out where you stand with the coach; do you see you as a potential contributor, a role player, or sometimes even as a practice player. When it comes down to it, I think the decision is up to you, the athlete. What do YOU want out of this experience?”- Amy Cohen, West Chester Head Coach
“Slow downnnnnnnn. Knowledge is power, so educate yourself on what is out there. Do your research, make sure you compare, and love the school. Ask yourself, if field hockey wasn’t a factor would I want this? This is a decision that impacts your future; this is not something you want to rush just to say you have “committed” somewhere. Finding your home for the next four years is a big life decision so spending time to research, ask questions and take visits is essential!” – Marybeth Freeman, Temple University Head Coach
A Question & Answer session will follow the coaches’ presentations with the head coaches and current college players, who will also share their stories about playing collegiate hockey.
The recruiting seminar will be held on Sunday, March 5, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Cabrini University in Radnor.
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