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Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
« on: Today at 02:52:28 pm »
A few obsevations re amherst recruiting.

- Coach Elias at Middlebury told parents he gets 50 prereads from admissions. No reason to think that's different at Amherst. I doubt Serpone only makes 6-8 offers; that is, I don't think he has a 100% yield. Although undoubtedly the yield is very high.

- kids in the mix at Amherst are unlikely to worry that the academics are too much for them. They have high grades and board scores in a rigorous program.

- I would guess that Serpone has 75 - 100 kids in the mix thinking they have a shot at an offer, but that's just a guess. And gets thousands, not hundreds, of kids reaching out.

- Serpone is very charismatic, for sure. Although, with hindsight/perspective Amherst wouldn't have been a good fit for my son (pregame, he prefers to close his eyes and turn inward (you can see him in a recent W&L lockerroom post doing just that) and was put off by the rowdy shouting/banging/swearing that goes on in the Amherst pregame lockerroom. He also strongly prefers the W&L style of play over the Amherst style. Yet with all that said, if Amherst made him an offer, he would have accepted.  Recruiting is a little like courtship, and Serpone makes the recruit feel special, and wanted. And that's head- turning, especially when you are 16 or 17 years old.

Some of the things he did, which was different from other schools: held invitation only Junior days for recruits (a day long extravaganza selling the program). On other occasions, Invited recruits to eat lunch with the team, sit in on the pregame lockerroom, watch the game. His assistant coach called my son every week, and Serpone called him every 2 weeks. And this was a kid who was *not* their top recruit!

As for when he cuts recruits loose, I don't know. My son had other offers, and when he got his then 1st choice, he accepted and took himself out of the running at other schools.

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 D3 Men's Soccer National Perspective
« on: Today at 10:17:01 am »
Sad the season is completely over. What's the story with the Spring? I know there are more practices than previously,  but is there also another game or two? (Yes, I'm addicted, and looking for my next fix :-) )

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
« on: Yesterday at 02:08:24 pm »
Anyone care to comment on Amherst getting absolutely screwed by that non-call on the goalie grabbing the ball outside of the box?

It's how the cookie crumbles. Amherst benefitted from a hand ball noncall in the W&L game.

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
« on: December 02, 2023, 07:03:43 pm »
Re the pks -- far from being unexcited, I think the pressure got to the players. All are capable of taking pks, and have done so over their playing career, but the enormity of the moment got to them.

PS if any of you remember my screeds about the team early in the season, about how they lacked heart, I can say that I am very proud of them. They dug deep and gave 110% after going down 2 goals, and played with tremendous heart.

I thought the Amherst players were fine, though I hear there was a fair amount of trash talking during the game. Some of the fans I was sitting near, though, were boorish.

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
« on: December 01, 2023, 04:38:31 am »
Although, W&L are familiar with that exact field; and also, they can stay in Lexington with their familiar routines. There's also the fact that because salem is so close to Lexington there will be a larger cheering section, which could have an influence.

I am meeting Enmore and jknezek later today. So excited for this day to begin!

Men's soccer / Re: SimpleCoach D3 Soccer YouTube Channel
« on: November 29, 2023, 07:54:54 am »
Ooh, yay! Will listen on my 2 hour drive this morning.

ETA except, it's not (yet?) posted as a podcast. (I'm a subscriber).

Men's soccer / Re: Coaching Carousel
« on: November 23, 2023, 06:36:16 pm »
You all know I judge coaches by how well they run recruiting (because I think it correlate with how well they do other aspects of their job). My son attended an admissions open day, and emailed ahead of time to see if he could come by and meet the coach. No response. My son tried again and the coach said he was too busy to meet (it was preseason). My son was at Skidmore all day -- the coach couldn't find 5 minutes at lunch, or after practice or first thing in the morning? Unimpressive.

If it's not clear, I'm not saying the coach should have recruited my son. But when a potential strong player reaches out, he really needed to have made the effort to meet for a few minutes.

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
« on: November 20, 2023, 07:23:48 pm »
I see Amherst as a much more forbidding opponent than Washington College. But, I certainly hope you are right that we are prepared to take Amherst on, Paul Newman.

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
« on: November 20, 2023, 06:03:15 pm »
Yes, Brad Dulin is a great addition to the team! (His parents are very nice as well). Brad has gotten some good playing time this year.

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
« on: November 20, 2023, 04:04:54 pm »
As surprised as some of you are that Washington College and St. Olaf made it to the final four, I must say that *I* am surprised that W&L is there.  That said, none of the teams we've played so far was better than them (equal to, sure).

The W&L players initially swarmed their GK immediately after he blocked the PK, and then, yes, they all ran over to the stands where families and friends were, and all high fived all the parents' extended hands as we leaned over the bleachers' fence.

From memory, there is no barrier at the Amherst field, there are some tiny temporary bleachers and most people stand on the grass sidelines.

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
« on: November 20, 2023, 02:47:25 pm »
How about Washington Collage or St. Olaf? We've had no discussion about them!

I'm still peeved at Massey. W&L is ranked lower than four teams we beat.

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
« on: November 20, 2023, 08:39:12 am »
Completely agree Northman.

I would add that I just looked at the Amherst roster. Good lord, it looks like every other roster out there. Extremely white, with a few kids of color.

Adding, to me, the post from the former Amherst player rings true.

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
« on: November 19, 2023, 05:45:40 pm »
Agree it was classless. And I also wonder if what some posters have said about the team culture isn't spot on. My son played with Mo Nuhu on his high school and his club team. I've given Mo rides to games and practice, and he is a very good kid. Yes I did see him being redirected, and I would have said that behavior is out of character for him.

Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
« on: November 19, 2023, 05:22:48 pm »
Northman, aww thanks for your kind words.

As for the Amherst stuff, the waving etc is hard for someone not there to be sure of. Conceivably there could be another explanation, whereas the crotch grabbing is black and whote. And if the clapping is as ypu say, it does totally lack class, but I don't think rises to the level of anyone being willing to censure Serpone. Of course, maybe I'm wrong.

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