On Sunday, February 18th GTFC Impact hosted our 15th annual College Night for current players and their parents. The goal of this complimentary event was to educate players and their families on important topics such as the recruiting process, college athletics and how being a student athlete can positively affect their college years. Nearly 200 players and parents were in attendance as GTFC Director of Player Development Mike Albert emceed in a panel discussion format. The panel included University of Toledo Head Coach TJ Buchholz, University of Findlay Head Coach James Walker and Baldwin Wallace University Head Coach James Wojtkun.
Among the topics of discussion were:
Planning for the Future and College, which focused on the importance of academics, financial aid and testing.
Avoiding Labels, which involved making sure the focus is not solely on D1 schools and the knowledge that many schools of varying levels can provide both good and bad soccer.
The Right School, which focused on choosing a school that meets ALL of the individual’s criteria, not just the soccer component. Choosing a school that fits your academic, athletic, social and financial needs is a comprehensive decision, not just an athletic one.
Contacting Coaches, which explained the rules involving coach contact as well as when to contact a coach, what to say as well as who should be contacting a coach.
Finally the discussion was opened for questions and attendees were able to fill in the blanks on any of the topics mentioned above as well as some new ones such as the life of a college athlete, how academics and athletics mesh and what is a typical schedule for an athlete.
The night was a tremendous success and certainly properly enlightened our players on many aspects of the process. We would like to extend a special thank you to Coach Buchholz, Coach Walker and Coach Wojtkun for making this evening a huge success.
TJ Buccholz, University of Toledo
James Walker, University of Findlay
Jim Wojtkun, Baldwin Wallace University