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#1
Men's soccer / Re: SimpleCoach D3 Soccer YouTube Channel
February 26, 2024, 03:58:50 PM
Couldn't figure out how to edit my post to add this thought:  that list should be required reading for recruits.  Most talented players, I think, want to play possession based soccer, not kick and run, or thuggish soccer.  Here's a handy cheat sheet of the programs playing the nicest soccer.
#2
Men's soccer / Re: SimpleCoach D3 Soccer YouTube Channel
February 26, 2024, 03:55:31 PM
I really like the list, and agree with it.
#3
Men's soccer / Re: SimpleCoach D3 Soccer YouTube Channel
February 24, 2024, 06:47:40 AM
Yes, huge thanks to SimpleCoach!! And very glad the boards are back!
#4
Men's soccer / Re: Coaching Carousel
December 07, 2023, 02:14:12 PM
That's funny -- Zack Grady also coached my son's team. I like him a lot.
#5
Men's soccer / Re: Coaching Carousel
December 07, 2023, 01:00:36 PM
That's what I meant by my question, it would be a lateral move for Coach Burke, I would have thought.

What about Coach Schmidt, who was/is an assistant at Amerst, Yale and now Williams? He coached my son's club team.

https://ephsports.williams.edu/sports/mens-soccer/roster/coaches/bill-schmid/699#:~:text=Schmid%20joined%20the%20Williams%20College,University%20in%20New%20Haven%2C%20Connecticut.
#6
Men's soccer / Re: Coaching Carousel
December 07, 2023, 12:46:44 PM
But why would Coach Burke want yhe job?
#7
Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
December 04, 2023, 10:37:05 PM
Quote from: PaulNewman on December 04, 2023, 09:42:44 PM

Right, right...but where was he at with Amherst at that point?
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They were still talking and expressing interest, but since other schools were further along (had already made offers) my son didn't want to lose a bird in hand. And it was clear that he wasn't one of Amherst's very top recruits (or he would have been given an offer by then). So, he wasn't as enamored and was more interested in looking elsewhere, which allowed a new school to come in at the last minute and rise to his #1 choice.
#8
Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
December 04, 2023, 09:38:45 PM
Quote from: PaulNewman on December 04, 2023, 03:02:53 PM

A little confused.  You said your son would have accepted Amherst notwithstanding things he didn't care for but ultimately chose his #1 anyway....so #1 among actual offers...so Serpone did or did not cut him loose so to speak?

Sorry to be confusing. Things during July/August before my son's senior year were in tremendous flux. Offers came in, coaches went radio silent, it was during covid, some offers had time limits. So schools that had been front runners dropped off, and other schools came to the fore. My son had not been in touch with W&L at all before they saw him August 1 of that year, and within 10 days he passed the preread, visited the school, loved it, and accepted the offer. By that point, it had become his #1 school, although it had not even been on his radar before then. I think this kind of uncertainty/chaos is common as recruiting nears its endpoint.
#9
Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
December 04, 2023, 09:28:13 PM
Quote from: Freddyfud on December 04, 2023, 08:40:12 PM
For me the Amherst hate is no longer interesting if it ever was.  Drilling down on coaches, recruiting, conference status, play style or practically anything else to get to the why will not change this.  They messed up after the Mid game.  They did not repeat that behavior during or after the remaining games, and it makes no difference whether or not they had to be told.  Their play style is cringe to watch--if anything the amount of dead balls and changes of possession inhibits a game flow and means less minutes of actual play.  But evidently we already know this so moving on.

While watching this tournament my interest piqued for the good things I saw.  Culminating in a tweet showing the return home of the champions.  Never heard of St. Olaf much less know anything about them.  Didn't matter.  Following them this weekend on their dream, the humility of their coach, and then seeing the pride as they walked off the bus was interesting.

Ohio Northern's knocking off Lynchburg on their home field and then Messiah on a march to the Sweet 16.  Their opponent, Colorado College, battling through 3 extra times including 2 PKs to get to the Elite 8.  That was interesting.

Washington College holding on against MWU and Conn to get to its first Final Four when no one expected it.  That was interesting.

Players like Morgan, Tuke, and Landa giving it their all while clearly being injured. That was interesting.

The Amherst freshman coming off the bench in the final and scoring a goal he will never forget.  That was interesting.

JHU's last minute effort to get to extra time vs Babson and then almost pulling off an identical feat the next game vs Middlebury.  That was very interesting.

And this is just the action I was able to watch--no doubt missed a bunch of others.  Personally these are the moments I will remember.  Not some hardly post-pubescent young man tugging on his weiner in a moment of poor judgement.

Like others I have a passion for soccer, but this was the first D3 tournament I watched.  Because of moments like these it won't be my last.

So beautifully said!
#10
Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
December 04, 2023, 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.

#11
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 :-) )
#12
Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
December 03, 2023, 02:08:24 PM
Quote from: JEFFFAN on December 03, 2023, 02:06:09 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.
#13
Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
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.
#14
Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Tournament
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!
#15
Men's soccer / Re: SimpleCoach D3 Soccer YouTube Channel
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).