Positive Coaching Alliance: 7 behaviors college coaches look for when recruiting

Positive Coaching Alliance: 7 behaviors college coaches look for when recruiting

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. US Club Soccer is proud to welcome Positive Coaching Alliance to its members, specifically related to Players First. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching EducationParent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.

With an extensive resume featuring nearly 25 years of coaching at the highest levels, Marcia McDermott has a lot to bring to the table as a Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board Member. A former assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2011 and head coach of women’s soccer at Army West Point, McDermott was also a star student-athlete at the University of North Carolina, where she led the women’s soccer team to three national championships, in 1983, 1984, and 1986. She was the co-captain and an All-American during her 1986 title run.

In this 30-second video, McDermott shares seven behaviors that she and college recruiters look for in potential recruits:

  • College coaches look for strong character, and the desire to be a good person, not just a good athlete
  • College coaches seek leaders, especially those who lead by example
  • College coaches want athletes who are good teammates
  • College coaches want players who respect not only their coaches, but their teammates as well
  • College coaches will observe an athletes interactions with their family to see how they value their relationships
  • College coaches want athletes who are independent and can carry themselves and others on their own
  • College coaches want athletes who hold a growth mindset, and know they can continue to develop as a person and athlete

Read the entire article here.

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