The LFCA’s annual junior soccer recruiting honest opens its doorways to highschool soccer throughout a difficult recruiting interval
Twenty high school coaches from the area visited regional NAIA and NCAA Division II coaches from 17 colleges to promote their players and give them free access. The LFCA is putting together a booklet of information on the best high school players in the city and area that will give them a good starting point for recruiting.
Jim Hansen, co-founder of the LFCA, said this year’s show is especially valuable in getting the city’s players on the recruiting radar screen.
“Right now this is the only (personal) access these college coaches have to the LPS high school coaches to find out about players,” said Hansen, assistant coach at Lincoln Pius X. “Instead of going everywhere drive.” In town, the college coaches can come here for a full day, talk to all the high school coaches in town within a few hours, and get a good idea of who to hire. “
For current NWU coach Brian Keller, networking with high school coaches at the show gives a feel for current seniors or graduates who originally decided not to play college football but had a change of heart.
Since the NCAA Division III doesn’t have an athletic scholarship, “we really don’t have some issues that the Division I and Division II programs have with regard to players coming back and taking up a scholarship,” Keller said.