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September 9, 2017

Dartmouth Soccer Coach Ron Rainey Offers Recruiting Advice

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Dartmouth College Women’s Soccer is coached by head coach Ron Rainey. Rainey has been a college coach for 11 years and was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2015. Rainey has coached many successful players who have received all-league honors as well as NSCAA Team awards. Before Rainey began coaching at Dartmouth, he spent eight years coaching for the women’s soccer program at the University of Iowa where he led the team to their first ever NCAA appearance in 2013.

What is the most important quality you look for in a recruit?

Coaches look for recruits who are ready to balance academics, athletics, and the social part of school while developing in all of those areas through four years.

When should an athlete contact you?

As early as possible. Probably Freshmen and Sophomore years in high school with schedules of what they have coming up.

How should an athlete contact you? 

The best way would be through email and that allows us to put them in a recruiting database to get information out to them about camps/clinics and give updates as the NCAA allows.

What really jumps out at you when reviewing a recruits highlight tape? 

Have some context to the tapes, five or six minutes of live play where you are involved in the action. Then if you wish to show some highlights that work as well.

When do you recommend recruits put together and share their highlight reels? 

We are flexible here but would not need to see something after every game.

What advice do you have for recruits that get turned down by their dream schools? 

Be persistent but realistic.  Go to camps and clinics, keep improving as a player,  \work hard and have fun playing your sport.

What camps, leagues, showcases and teams would you recommend a recruit to attend to gain exposure to college soccer coaches?

Again, there is so much out there just let coaches know when and where you will be and if they are unable to get out to watch most schools have camps and clinics that they run.

How big a factor is social media when recruiting players

It is becoming bigger but not sure how much it will affect the process going forward.  

What is the minimum SAT/ACT score a high school athlete needs to have when applying to Dartmouth College?

Ivy schools vary but needless to say score high on your tests and do well in school. That is the best way to put yourself in a position to be recruited to an Ivy League school.

What advice do you have for high school or club coaches that are working with recruitable players? How can they make sure their athletes get in front of the right people?

Contact the coaches, maybe get out and watch a game to see the speed of the play. Be realistically honest with the players about the chances of playing at certain schools.

What type of events do you recruit at?

We go out to clinics, tournaments, league games, high school games. We try to go where there are great players.

What advice can you offer a recruit?

Have fun during your time playing your sport.  That is really the most important factor in progressing as an athlete. Be ready to deal with the good times and bad times as well. But, keep working hard and getting better on the field and off the field.


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