2010 WSA COLLEGE SEARCH SEMINAR
Rogers State University, Oklahoma Baptist University
and Oral Roberts University Attend
The 2010 WSA Annual College Seminar was held on Tuesday, January 26th at the Case Community Center at Rivercity Parks. An unusually small crowd did not affect the message which has been preached to the prospective student-athlete many times over. Click here to read more.....
The annual WSA College Search Seminar was held on Tuesday, January 26th, and while an unusually "smaller" crowd turned out, the message was still the same: be proactive! For years WSA has held the college seminar to outline the steps athletes should take in approaching their search and ambition for college playing opportunities. While 21st Century technology has revolutionized the methods of exposure and self-promotion, the concept of the athlete initiating the contact remains constant.
WSA Directors of Coaching, Roger Bush and Ryan Bush, staged the presentation which included outlining major recruiting rules, highlighting sources of financial aid, and giving insight on eligibility requirements. Hints on how to handle email correspondence, in person interviews, and college showcase events were given. The presentation included a question and answer session with a coach panel including coach Bush’s both college coaches at Oral Roberts University, Coach Derek Larkin, Rogers State University, and Coach Brent Coates, Oklahoma Baptist University.
Part of the evening was spent on differentiating the different "types" divisions and schools that are present in the college athletic landscape. Coach Larkin and Coach Coates gave the unique insight from an NAIA perspective, while Coach Bush was able to present the NCAA perspective. Questions in the audience ranged from "what do coaches look for when recruiting", to "how do my team accolades affect my personal resume" to "how important is ODP". In many cases it was obvious there was a unanimous opinion of the coaches, and in some cases there were varying opinions.
Since the event was not attended well this year the club will begin to perform individualized team meetings with the freshman to junior level teams that did not attend. The information presented is considered extremely valuable and relevant to all athletes who plan to attend college, whether they intend to play soccer or not. Please stay alert if you belong to the 95’s, 94’s, or 93’s on when your individualized team session will be. Special thanks to Roger’s State, Oklahoma Baptist and Oral Roberts University for their participation.
Parents of athletes wishing to learn more about the college search process may visit the "college search" resource section on this website for an outline of the presentation.