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Recruiting For The Mental Game

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Santa Clara University Head Women’s Soccer Coach Jerry Smith (@SCUJerrySmith), a PCA National Advisory Board Member, has established a standard of excellence few can match, ranking as one of the five winningest women’s soccer coaches in NCAA Division I history.

Smith reveals in this clip that while recruiting he very strongly evaluates a player's mental capabilities. He believes that the mental side of the game is the most important determiner of future success. Watching recruits play and assessing their skills, he still assesses an athlete’s mental toughness, resiliency and receptiveness to coaching. Hear more about what Smith looks for in recruits in this video.