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Published on April 2nd, 2018 | by Staples Soccer


April Monthly Monday: Wreckers Learn All About College

Staples’ Monthly Monday meetings continued this afternoon with an impressive guest.

Ex-Seton Hall University assistant coach Vinny Marcotrigiano spent well over an hour with Wrecker varsity, reserve and freshman players. He gave them an up-close-and-personal look at the world of college soccer.

The former George Mason University and professional star — who grew up on Long Island playing with Staples assistant coach Tom Henske — provided an insightful, honest, clear and at times humorous look into the college recruiting process.

In a wide-ranging discussion — with plenty of excellent questions — he covered such topics as what college coaches look for in a recruit; how high school players should approach college coaches; how players can get noticed; the pros and cons of ID camps and clinics; the importance of videos and statistics; communication between athletes and coaches, the recruiting time frame, even character and integrity.

Vinny’s presentation built on previous Monthly Monday meetings, featuring speakers like Mark Noonan ’83 (CEO of Ghana’s Hearts of Oak professional club) and James Hickok ’13 (Dartmouth College Ivy League champion goalkeeper, now playing professionally in New Zealand).

Staples players Surya Balaji and Vaughan Sealey flank Seton Hall coach Vinny Marcotrigiano.


7 Responses to April Monthly Monday: Wreckers Learn All About College

  1. Tom Henske says:

    It was great to get the inside story on the recruiting process.

  2. Patricio Perez Elorza says:

    Thanks Vinny, defiantly learned a lot about the college process. Awesome that we had this opportunity.

  3. Lefty Pendrakis says:

    Thanks Vinny, I really appreciated getting this opportunity and being able to have a behind the scenes look at the college recruiting process. Its very special that we got to have an opportunity like this at our school.

  4. Brendan Lynch says:

    Thank you Vinny, it was great to learn about the college recruiting process and I learned a lot.

  5. Gabe Baltierra says:

    Thank you Vinny for taking the time to talk with us. I learned a lot about the college soccer process

  6. Ry Cohen says:

    Thank you Vinny for giving me more information about the college process and what its like to be a college soccer player. It’s a pleasure that we got to hear from an accomplished division 1 coach.

  7. Nick Ambrose says:

    Great all around experience, completely unexpected, but greatly appreciated. Thank you for your insights and time, Vinny!