College


College Program

With two full time college liaisons, LA Galaxy San Diego offers a comprehensive support program for college bound student athletes.  Whether our players aspire to play collegiate soccer or not, we encourage all of our athletes to attend college and are committed to helping each individual find a college that is the right fit for them culturally, academically, athletically and financially.  Our college program offers players access to a broad array of college preparation, identification and recruitment resources, as well as knowledgeable and well connected staff.

Boys College Liaison
Sean Gurley
Email: sean@lagalaxysd.com | Cell no. (760) 473-3265
Sean has spent his last two years as the men’s assistant coach at Cal State San Marcos. In their debut NCAA Division II season the Cougars recorded a 7-8-2 record. CSUSM’s second season in the CCAA, the Cougars finished the year 5-6-4 and 4-4-4 record finishing 9th in the conference. The Cougars also had a notable win against no.21 ranked UCSD who appeared in the NCAA final four.

Sean’s collegiate career started at Norte Dame de Namur, where he appeared in 20 games as a freshman for an Argo squad that made an appearance in the 2008 NCAA Division II tournament. He played his final three seasons at Cal Poly Pomona (2009-12) in the CCAA conference, where he appeared in 52 matches. As a junior, he tied the program’s single-match record for assists in one game with three in a 7-0 defeat over Cal State East Bay. The Broncos went 29-22-4 during his time at CPP.

Sean has an infectious enthusiasm that will no doubt filter through to our LAGSD boys and help them achieve their college goals. Click here to see Sean’s full bio.

Girls College Liaison
Courtney Drummond
Email: courtney@lagalaxysd.com | Cell no. (619) 971-9254
As an Assistant Coach at CSUSM, Courtney helped mentor 28 all-conference selections and 6 All-Americans. The Cougars have won three more conference titles and have appeared in four more NAIA tournaments with her on the sideline. Before Courtney left CSUSM in May 2016, she was a key part of the University and Athletics Department transition to NCAA Division 2. Courtney left CSUSM to concentrate on ushering in the U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy at LA Galaxy San Diego.

As a player, Courtney started 72 of 73 matches in which she appeared with CSUSM. She scored a record seven goals as a freshman in the program’s first season and helped CSUSM to back-to-back Association of Independent Institutions conference titles in 2008 and 2009. Drummond also appeared in two NAIA National Championships.

Courtney is extremely dedicated to her role and has already successfully placed many of our female players with suitable colleges. Click here to see Courtney’s full bio.

Commitments & Advice

Here at LA Galaxy San Diego we are very proud of the environment we create to encourage ALL of our young players to attend college. We are not only very focused on achieving athletic scholarships for our players but we endeavor to ensure all players that progress through our various programs attend and complete a college degree.

Updated monthly, this ‘College Bound’ page is the perfect resource for our college prospects to keep up to date and informed with what actions they need to be taking.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT – Adam Allmaras – click here to access

LATEST COLLEGE COMMITMENTS

Congratulations to the following players:

  • Harper Hughes, G02/01 Development Academy, on her commitment to University of Utah
  • Olivia Barger, G02/01 Development Academy, on her commitment to California State University Fullerton

SEPTEMBER TIPS on COLLEGE RECRUITING

Below are some time sensitive tips from College Liaison’s, Coach Courtney Drummond (girls) & Coach Sean Gurley (boys) to help you stay on track with the recruiting process:
SENIORS: Make sure you are keeping in touch with your college coaches. Continue to update them on your upcoming league schedule. FAFSA applications can be submitted as early as October 1st. Complete University applications. Set up your official visit if you are already committed.
JUNIORS: Update your coaches on your upcoming league schedule. Sign up for ACT/Sat to be taken twice this upcoming academic year. Division 1 Universities can start contacting you on September 1st be sure to start taking advantage of that.
SOPHOMORES: Update your coaches on your upcoming league schedule. Be sure to take the PSAT and apply for the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of this year. Meet with your counselor to make sure you are on track to take 16 core courses that are consistent with NCAA academic requirements for Division 1 and Division 2 schools.
FRESHMAN: Update coaches on your upcoming league schedule. Make a list of possible schools and be sure to research the University so it meets your academic and athletic needs. Good grades are so important, your grads and test scores can make the difference for you as a player.

Good Luck to all of our Girls Class of 2017!

  • Emily Cuthbert | USC
  • Kameryn Hoban | LMU
  • Emily Ross | University of Puget Sound
  • Hadley Strega | Idaho
  • Erin Sinai | Pepperdine
  • Ashley Seymour | California State University Long Beach
  • Brooke Hernandez | California State University San Marcos
  • Lillie Hill | San Diego Mesa
  • Caitlin McCarthy | University of California San Diego
  • Jojo Ortiz | California State University Bakersfield
  • Julia Tatiana | Illinois Tech
  • Sarah Wuthrich | University of Concordia Nebraska
  • Shelby Wray | Cornell
  • Natalia Romaine | Colorado Mesa

2017-2018 ACT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Estimated Score Release
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017 September 19, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017 November 7, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017 December 19, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018 February 20, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018 April 24, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018 June 19, 2018
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018 July 24, 2018

Are you going on a college visit soon? Here are some questions to ask on the visit:

  • What is your program’s style of play and how do you see me fitting in?
  • How many players have you committed to my recruiting class? And how many are you hoping to commit?
  • What is your team dynamic?
  • Does your University award academic aid separate from athletic aid?
  • What is your graduation rate for your program? Do majority of student-athletes graduate in four years?

LAGSD LATEST COLLEGE COMMITMENTS LIST


 


Get Recruited

PRESENTER: CHAKA DALEY,  University of Michigan, Head Coach, Men’s Soccer

A)       Schools of Interest

  • Create list
  • DI, DII, DIII, NAIA
  • Research
  • Visit
  • Realistic
  • Feedback/Recommendations/Contacts/Word of Mouth etc.

B)       Create Informational Packet/SPORT SPECIFIC RESUME

  • Accuracy
  • Professionalism
  • Include Academic, Athletic highlights and References
  • Appearances—where can the coach see you play? What environment?

C)       How to recruit your potential institution!

4 MAJOR FACTORS ARE:    ACADEMIC, SOCIAL, FINANCIAL, ATHLETIC  

1) ACADEMIC

  • *MUST BE FIRST CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING A SCHOOL*
  • CGPA, quality of classes–SAT/ACT (SAT optional?)
  • Recommendations/Contacts
  • ADMISSIONS–Early Action/Early Decision/Regular Decision
  • Research—school profile (average student accepted is?)
  • Majors offered
  • Career Services (Alumni)

2) ATHLETIC- How we (Coaches) Recruit?

  • Are you being recruited? VS. Recruiting a school?
  1. Send Resume (E-mail & hard copy)
  2. Must see the TEAM PLAY!
  3. IF YOU ARE NOT SEEN IN THE RECRUITING PROCESS? (Dream School) WALK-ON OPPORTUNITIES?
  • Every Coach/Every School varies because of:
  1. Financial Resources (scholarships and/or financial aid)
  2. Academic Standards
  3. Admissions Support
  4. Team Needs—Tier of RECRUITS
  5. Roster Limitations

3) SOCIAL

  • Unofficial visit vs. Official visit(5); DI, DII, DIII
  • BE INQUISITIVE—Ask questions??? (Players, Coaches, Professors, Student body, Career Services etc.)
  • Points of Consideration include: Athletic facilities, Conference, Size, Location, Distance from home, Climate, Football school, girl to guy ratio etc.
  • *OPPORTUNITY*

4) FINANCIAL

  • Aid vs. Need
  • Grants vs. Loans (opportunity)
  • Need vs. Merit
  • Academic Scholarships—requirements?
  • Additional Scholarships—research?
  • Tuition Exchange
  • Early Action/Early Decision/Regular Decision
  • PROFILE and/or FAFSA—DETERMINES YOUR FAMILY CONTRIBUTION
  • ATHLETIC Scholarships
  •             -scholarship opportunities/packages vary dramatically at all schools
  •             -counter and equivalency (example 9.9 Men’s Soccer)
  •             –Example of a ½ grant and ½ athletic
  •             -scholarships are year-to-year with a recommendation by coach
  •             *poor academic performance and/or disciplinary issues
  •             *ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE CAN NOT!
  •             Potential Player Cannot be shy with regards to asking questions regarding financial aid—HOW?

D)       TIMELINES:  Increasingly difficult on Coach and potential student-athlete

YOU MUST BEGIN TO PREPARE EARLY!!

MY ADVICE/OPINION:

  • Sophomore Year (1st Semester Aug-Dec) –  list of schools and begin to research.
  • Sophomore Year (2nd Semester Jan-Jun) – Begin to prepare 1 page informational on you and narrow your search.
  • Summer before Junior Year – Continue to develop resume & narrow search -where are you playing?
  • Junior Year (before high school season or Thanksgiving) – Resume with future schedules included (high school or club) E-mail accessible & hard copy
  • Junior Year (before Christmas) – tournament appearance(s) & updates to resume
  • Junior Year (2nd Semester Jan-Jun) – continue to narrow list based on feedback and generate feedback
  •                        – Unofficial Visit(s) to those that interest you and/or interested in you!
  •                        – Mail transcripts & SAT scores with senior courses included (if available)
  • REGISTER FOR THE ELIGIBILITY CENTER!
  • Summer before Senior Year
  •             -Unofficial Visit(s)
  •             -Camp(s)!
  •             -July 1st Recruiting Calls
  • Senior Year (1st Semester Aug-Dec) – continue unofficial visits IF not taken
  •              – official visits (5); DI obsolete?, DII (trial at end of your season), DIII (vist at any time in college career)
  •              – Visit CAMPUS in action (regular school day—attend class & game day—observe coaching style, caliber of players, your position)
  •             -APPLICATION PROCESS/DEADLINES
  •             –DECISION!!!
  • Senior Year (2nd Semester Jan-Jun)
  •             –APPLY ON TIME
  •             –FILL OUT FAFSA & PROFILE (pay attention to deadlines)
  •             –NLI (February) or ACCEPTANCE LETTER
  •          -MUST CONTINUE TO PERFORM ACADEMICALLY

Prospective Student-Athlete (PSA) MUST take ownership of this process!!

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!

Resource:
College Graduation Rates for both public and private schools based on State

College Prep

LA Galaxy San Diego adopts a comprehensive approach to player development and college placement. It is critical that our players learn the necessary technical and tactical skill to excel on the field, but we also focus intentionally on character development and mental toughness. Preparing for college requires intense commitment to academic, athletic, and psychological success.

LAGSD provides competitive players excellent college preparation resources. In addition to the high level training by one of the best coaching staff’s in Southern California, college prospects will receive an in-depth education to the college search process, one on one counseling, and access to the College Fit Finder. Our college bound prospects are exceptionally prepared to navigate the college search process.

Click here to access the ‘Top Ten Questions to Ask a College Coach.’

FAFSA Website (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  This is the application for college-bound students to potentially receive Federal and State grant money to attend a public or private college.  The FAFSA awards are mainly based on financial need and merit of the student.   Not only does the FAFSA open up opportunities from the Federal and State governments, but it also highlights specific awards at different collegiate institutions.

Every potential college bound student should file the FAFSA for scholarship opportunities for college.  Visit the FAFSA website today!

NCAA Eligibility Center (Formerly NCAA Clearinghouse)
https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/

The NCAA Eligibility Center is something that every potential collegiate student-athlete needs to register for in order to play collegiate sports. Your high school transcripts, SAT scores, ACT scores will all need to be filed with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

You should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of your junior year of high school.

CollegeBoard (SAT College Entrance Exam and Scholarship Website)
http://www.collegeboard.com

The SAT is one of two exams that you can take to be eligible to attend college.  Every student-athlete must achieve a certain score on the SAT in order to be eligible to play collegiate athletics.  Through the collegeboard website, you can register for an upcoming SAT exam, have your scores sent to the college of your choice, and even take practice exams to get prepare for the real one!

The SAT is a more widely used test when it comes to college athletics, but not the only option. Visit the CollegeBoard website to answer any other questions about the SAT you may have.

ACT Student (ACT Entrance Exam and Scholarship)
http://www.actstudent.org

The ACT is the second of two exams that you can take to be eligible to attend college. Every student-athlete must achieve a certain score on the ACT in order to be eligible to play collegiate athletics.

Through the ACT website, you can register for an upcoming ACT exam, have your scores sent to the college of your choice, and even take practice exams to get prepare for the real one! Visit the ACT website to answer any other questions you may have.

CSU Mentor (CSU Application Website)
http://www.csumentor.com/

The CSU Mentor website is where you can apply to the CSU of your choice.  CSU stands for California State University and the CSU system consists of various universities throughout California.  The following institutions are part of the CSU System and can be applied to through the CSU Mentor website: Cal Maritime, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Channel Islands, CSU Chico, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU East Bay, CSU Fresno, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Northridge, CSU Sacramento, CSU San Bernardino, CSU San Marcos, CSU Stanislaus, Humboldt State, San Diego State, San Francisco State, San Jose State, and Sonoma State.

By using the CSU Mentor website, you can apply to these institutions. Visit the CSU Mentor Website if you are interested in attending any of these wonderful universities.

UC Website (UC Application)

The UC website is where you can apply to the UC of your choice.  UC stands for University of California and the UC system consists of various universities throughout California.  The following institutions are part of the UC System and can be applied to through the UC website: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, and UC Santa Cruz.

By using the CSU Mentor website, you can apply to these institutions.  Visit the UC Website if you are interested in attending any of these wonderful universities.

http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/undergrad_adm/apply_to_uc.html

FastWeb (Scholarship Search Website)
http://www.FastWeb.com

FastWeb is a search engine dedicated to finding scholarships for college-bound students and current college students.

There are a wide variety of scholarships out there, and FastWeb helps to locate them.  It is a great resource to use so visit it today!

NAIA (The NAIA Eligibility Center)
http://www.playnaia.org/PlayNAIA.org is the official clearinghouse for NAIA eligibility. Every student-athlete must register with the NAIA eligibility center to play sports at an NAIA college. The eligibility center is also a powerful tool to help athletes connect with coaches and NAIA schools – and find money for college through thousands of NAIA athletic scholarships.

Coach Contact Template

Dear Coach XXXXXXXX,

My name is XXXXXXXX, I am part of the class of 201X. I am interested in attending XXXXXXX and learning more about your XXXXXXXXXXX program. I am also interested in playing soccer for your XXXXXXXXXX soccer team. (Now write briefly what impresses you about their team; eg. style of play, congratulations on a great 201X, I see that you are graduating 7 players in 201X and I would like to be a part of the incoming class, best wishes for a great 201X!, etc.).

I wear number XX and play XXXXXXXX position(s) for LA Galaxy San Diego XXXXXXXX team. (Now mention some BRIEF points on the stronger parts of your game e.g. speed, touch, composure, etc). Please check out my College Fit Finder profile: (for teams go here: http://lagalaxysd.com/competitive/teams/ > then click on your team and then on your individual player profile and copy and paste the URL). If you need any further information regarding my playing ability and/or character please contact my coach (who is cc’ed in on this email); XXXXXXXX at xxxxxx@lagalaxysd.com or call him/her at (XXX) XXX-XXXX.

I will be participating in XXXXXXX Showcase and would like to invite you to come and watch one of my games. Please see my schedule below:

PASTE SCHEDULE HERE or INSERT SCHEDULE LINK (URL)

Yours Sincerely,

XXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXX Team
Jersey Number XX

College Fit Finder

LA Galaxy San Diego provides each player with access to the College Fit Finder. College Fit Finder is a unique and exceptional college search resource designed to assist the college prospect with all aspects of the college search and tailor that college plan specific to individual goals. Please check out the College Fit Finder ‘FitBox’ below including videos on the various topics of the process, commitments list, resource links, login instructions, features, and an overview of the program.

To log on below, go to ‘Login Instructions’ and then input your info on the right hand side:
Username: firstnamelastname   (ex. gregallen)
Password: firstnamelastname   (ex. gregallen)

Again, the website has great tutorials (when you click on the help button) and if you are needing additional information then please contact either of our College Liaisons, Courtney Drummond: courtney@lagalaxysd.com or Sean Gurley:sean@lagalaxysd.com and they can set up a time where they can come to your practice and meet with the players/parents there at the field and go over the process.

If anyone has issues, they can E-mail Stacy at stacy@elitescoutnet.com

ID Camps

Here at LA Galaxy San Diego we are very focused on getting our players in front of top College and Professional coaches in an attempt to provide a platform where they can showcase their skills and potentially move on to the next level in their soccer career.

College ID Camps are excellent opportunities for the college bound soccer prospect to be evaluated in an intimate setting. Prospects can attend ID Camps that are specific to a particular college or attend ID Camp that staffs coaches from multiple institutions. Additionally, ID Camps provide opportunities for the prospect to be coached by college coaches. This provides the prospect a great opportunity for on-field personal interaction, get a feel for the coach’s personality and coaching style, and gain an opportunity to train in a college training atmosphere.

Below are several videos from various Boys & Girls College Exposure/ID events that give an insight into some of the ways we promote and expose our players to various College Coaches & Professional Clubs.