College Coaches in Their Own Words

Texas State University Coach Kat Conner: “We [college coaches] kind of chase the ECNL events around.”

University of Michigan Coach Greg Ryan: “You’ve got the best players here, in the top league, in ECNL.”

Northwestern University Coach Michael Moynihan: “The ECNL, it is kind of the cream of the crop.  When you see kids here, you know they are competing at a high level, against other high-level kids …”

University of Notre Dame and US U-23 National Team Coach Randy Waldrum: “the dynamics of recruiting have really changed in the last 2-3 years … bringing all the top clubs together has really changed the dynamics of recruiting.” 

University of South Florida Coach Denise Schilte-Brown: “In my opinion, during this current landscape of youth soccer in the US, the ECNL offers the most competitive environment for female players. In addition, it offers us as coaches the opportunity to collectively see the majority of the best players in a series of events throughout the year."

Florida State University coach Mark Krikorian: “The ECNL has become part of the foundation of recruiting in college soccer. The level of competition is very good and offers a unique experience. It is clear that the ECNL is very committed to the development of the game and its players.”

University of Arkansas Coach Colby Hale: “The ECNL provides the highest level of competition. Day in and day out it creates an environment where the players have to compete both within their teams and against their opponents. You can tell from league games to the showcase environment that every result matters. One of their goals is preparing the players for college and they are accomplishing that goal effectively.”

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