Advice For High School Players Hoping To Play In College
Erin Chastain (@ChastainErin) has served as DePaul University Women's Soccer Head Coach since 2007. Earlier, she spent five seasons at national soccer power Santa Clara University as an assistant coach. During her tenure with the Broncos, the program reached the championship game of the 2002 NCAA Championship, the semifinals in 2004 and the quarterfinals in 2005. She also helped the program to West Coast Conference titles in four of her five seasons. Erin also spent time during her first three seasons at Santa Clara working with several youth teams in the Bay Area, including the DeAnza Strykers and the North Valley Tornadoes.
High school student-athletes who hope to continue their playing careers in college have big decisions to make, Chastain explains. First, it takes a realistic assessment of where you fit in and what kind of role you want to play on the team you eventually join. Coaching also is important, especially in terms of coaching style and the connection between coach and player. Finally, athletes should consider whether the overall school environment will be conducive to success academically and socially, not just athletically.