Athlete Success Story: A soccer player’s versatility

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Edward “Joey” Simpson, Center Defender, Soccer

When did you start playing your sport? How did you decide to play your sport as opposed to another?

I started playing soccer at age 4. I grew up playing numerous sports, but loved the action that comes with soccer. With all of the versatility, the fast-paced nature never boring

What do you like most about your sport?

I particularly loved the timed play, the fast-paced movements, heading the ball, and racing one on one to beat the other team to the ball.

What are the biggest obstacles in your sport that you’ve overcome? How did you overcome it?

I received a double concussion and missed weeks of soccer and school. I had to heal, get back to school, and get my game back. My club coach helped me achieve my goals and get my head back in the game.

What are the biggest obstacles in the recruitment process that you’ve encountered and/or overcome? How did you overcome it (if you did yet?)

I missed showcases because of my concussion, then missed ID camps and college invites because my mother almost died the summer between my Junior and Senior year. I could not travel to any of the camps that summer.

How do you balance being a good athlete with being a good student?

All my teams were out of town.. I learned to get my homework done in the car or before I had to sit in a car for an hour to and from soccer practices.

When did you realize you wanted to play college sports?

9th grade. I volunteered at a local colleges summer soccer camps. I met college coaches and other players that encouraged me to pursue college level soccer.

Where did you first turn for recruitment tools, platforms, strategies, etc.?

During my high school club years. Registering through different tournaments.

What things have worked and what things haven’t/didn’t work when trying to get in touch with coaches?

I tried sending letters and e-mails directly to college coaches and they do not respond. I sent the same coaches notices through Captain U and received e-mails back from the same coaches. CaptainU showed the coaches I was serious.

How was your family involved & how was this helpful?

My mother coached me through the e-mail process. We researched colleges before we responded to requests, and both of my parents spoke to coaches before they let the coaches speak to me or even meet me. We found that some coaches send invites to make money on ID camps with NO intensions of ever signing you as a player.

What tools, platforms, strategies did you use throughout the whole process?

We used a resume and LOTS of e-mails.

What worked best for you on CaptainU / what was your favorite CaptainU tool?

E-mails are the best.

What would be three recommendations you have to athletes trying to play in college?

Showcase tournaments. Contact the coaches at the showcases. Keep e-mailing the coaches. Go to camps. I met MANY coaches at camps. Meet your potential coach face to face. Some coaches are NOT friendly. Only choose a school with a fulltime coach.

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