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Rio Rapids Soccer Club is proud to offer a comprehensive college search program for our member student-athletes and their families. Our results speak for themselves and are unmatched by any other soccer organization in New Mexico:

  • 68 of our 2016 high school graduates are attending college with 23 playing college soccer,
  • 81 alumni (50 female and 31 male) were a part of college soccer programs during the Fall of 2015,
  • 388 Club alumni have played collegiate soccer (up to and including our 2016 graduating class)

The Club achieves these results by providing a broad range of programs and resources that educate our member families and coaches, maximizing player opportunities to catch the attention of and be seen by college coaches, and supplying our players with the knowledge of what it takes to become a successful collegiate player and access to the high level training to reach this goal.

Our extensive college search programs and resources include:

Rio Rapids College Fair

Rio Rapids alumni and coaches who have/are attending college and playing soccer at the intercollegiate level are brought together as resources to discuss their college/university academic and athletic programs as well as their academic majors. The Fair is an outstanding opportunity to learn and ask questions about many colleges/universities and degree programs in one evening. Alumni and coaches were on hand representing 33 different schools at the 2014 College Fair.

College Search Workshop for Players/Parents

Rio Rapids annually offers a comprehensive college athletic planning workshop for players and parents of high school age member families that provides information on how to successfully navigate the college search process as a student-athlete. This presentation forms the foundation of the Club’s college search program and provides information regarding:

  • Factors to consider when choosing a college
  • How to get noticed by college coaches
  • Parents’ and student-athletes’ roles in the search process
  • Developing a letter of introduction and player profile/resume
  • Understanding soccer scholarships and other forms of financial aid
  • NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA recruiting rules and restrictions

 

Maximizing College Exposure

To maximize college opportunities for our member student-athletes, Rio Rapids has undertaken a multi-year effort to collect data on college coach attendance at showcases and tournaments and to cultivate relationships with an extensive network of college coaches. These contacts and proprietary data have significantly grown exposure for our players:

  • Over 700 college coaches attended Rio Rapids SC games at showcases/tournaments in 2015-16,
  • Rio Rapids SC coaches have relationships with the staff at over 125 college soccer programs,
  • UNM Women’s Soccer Day in the Life – a full-day collaboration with UNM women’s soccer where our high school age players get to experience what it takes to play for a high level NCAA Division 1 women’s program.

 

College Search Resources

The club has done the leg work to collect valuable college search information and to develop a variety of templates that can serve as tools in communicating information with college coaches. These include:

  • A list of valuable online websites and resources,
  • Advice and information regarding college visits and camps,
  • Guidelines and advice for developing video for college coaches,
  • College recruiting rules and regulations summary,
  • Player profile template,
  • Sample college coach contact emails/letters.

 



 

2017 College Commitments Recognized on Signing Day

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in College Search, Front Slide Show | 0 comments

2017 College Commitments Recognized on Signing Day

Rio Rapids Media Signing Day

Rio Rapids Soccer Club is thrilled and proud to recognize its sixteen 2017 high school graduates who have committed to play for college soccer programs as of February 1. The players, their families and coaches gathered on National Signing Day to celebrate their accomplishments. These players have worked tirelessly to achieve excellence on the field and in the classroom.

  • Kate Browning, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, NCAA Division 1
  • Rebekah Carr, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ, NAIA
  • Calista Cordero, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, NCAA Division 2
  • Taylor Heckroth, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, NCAA Division 2
  • Madison Hirschman, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, NCAA Division 1
  • Tara Giesen, University of Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, NCAA Division 1
  • Delaney Markham, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, NCAA Division 1
  • Jasmine Marwan, University of Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, NCAA Division 1
  • Zech Meddleton, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, NCAA Division 1
  • Cheyenne Orozco, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, NCAA Division 2
  • Brianna Rudolph, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, NCAA Division 1
  • Isabella Starkweather, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, NCAA Division 1
  • Morghan Thomas, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, NCAA Division 1
  • Alex Touche, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, NCAA Division 1
  • Charles Touche, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, NCAA Division 1
  • Sarah Wilmot, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, NCAA Division 2

Specific details on the Rio Rapids SC 2017 college commitments can be found here:  2017 Rio Rapids SC College Commitment Program.

Rio Rapids Soccer Club offers a comprehensive and proven college search program that has helped place 388 of our alumni in college soccer programs.  Learn more about how playing for Rio Rapids can give you a tremendous edge in the college search process at:  http://www.riorapids.org/programs/college-search/

2017 Boy’s Commitments

2017 Girls Commitments

35 Schools Represented at Rio Rapids College Fair

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Alumni News, College Search, Front Slide Show | 0 comments

35 Schools Represented at Rio Rapids College Fair

Rio Rapids Soccer Club hosted its 3rd College Fair on Tuesday, December 27.  The Fair was a tremendous success as 48 Rio Rapids alumni and coaches who have or are currently playing college soccer attended representing 35 colleges/universities (2016 College Fair Participants).  These alumni and coaches were available as resources in an informal setting to discuss their school’s academic and athletic programs as well as their academic major with current Rio Rapids member families.

Rio Rapids Soccer Club offers a comprehensive and proven college search program that has helped place 388 of our alumni in college soccer programs.  Learn more about how playing for Rio Rapids can give you a tremendous edge in the college search process at:  http://www.riorapids.org/programs/college-search/

Rio Rapids Alumni Impact College Soccer Across the Country

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Alumni News, College Search, Front Slide Show | 1 comment

Rio Rapids Alumni Impact College Soccer Across the Country

Rio Rapids SC is proud to announce that 76 of its alumni (48 women and 28 men) were a part of college soccer programs throughout the country during the Fall of 2016.  Fifteen of these players helped their team reach the national tournament.  James Schneebeck (95’s) was a part of the University of Denver team that advanced to the NCAA Division 1 Final Four.  Erika Nelson (94’s) at Division 1 Florida,  Caitlin Christiansen (97’s) at Division 3 Hardin-Simmons (TX) and Ryan Hunter (97’s) at Division 3 Trinity (TX) were all key contributors helping their teams advance to the Sweet 16.  Carlos Alonso (97’s) helped Trinidad State Junior College (CO) advance to the NJCAA Division 1 National Tournament by winning the West Region.  Luke Lawrence (95’s), Chris Lovato (97’s), Ford Parker (97’s) and Lucas Seligman (95’s) were all a part of the University of New Mexico team that advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Division 1 tournament.

Players contributing to their teams advancement to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament were:  Andres Delgadillo (96’s) at Division 2 Colorado Mesa, Avery Lewis (98’s) at Division 2 Midwestern State (TX), Mackenzie Miller (95’s) at Division 2 Rollins (FL) and Kaley Smith (94’s) at Division 1 Kansas.  Other players whose teams earned bids to the NCAA tournament include:  Cassie Boren (97’s) at Division 1 Texas Tech and Katie Stephenson (96’s) at Division 2 CSU-Pueblo.  Twelve players helped their teams win conference championships.

Many of these players received individual honors for their outstanding play.  Theo Hooker (96’s) of Colorado College was named to the NSCAA NCAA Division 3 All-America 1st Team and the All-West 1st Team.  Four others earned regional recognition:  Carlos Alonso (97’s) of Trinidad College – NSCAA NJCAA Division 1 All-West 2nd Team, Caitlin Christiansen (97’s) of Hardin-Simmons – NSCAA NCAA Division 3 All-West 3rd Team, Alexa Genas (98’s) of Campbell University – North Carolina All-State 2nd Team and Shayla Malecki (95’s) of Fort Lewis College – NSCAA NCAA Division 2 All-South Central 3rd Team.  Nine players were selected to their all-conference teams.  Caitlin Christiansen was also named the American Southwest Conference Co-Goalkeeper of the Year.  Alexa Genas and Jordyn Lacy (98’s) of the University of Texas-San Antonio were both named to the All-Freshman teams for their conference.

A number of players also received individual honors for excellence in the classroom.  Thirteen players were named to All-Academic Teams by their Conference.  Natalie DuBoise (96’s) of Lipscomb (TN) was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in addition to being recognized on the All-Academic Team.  Other All-Academic 1st team selections include: Cassie Boren (97’s) of Texas Tech and Kaley Smith (94’s) of Kansas in the Big 12 Conference; and Darin James (96’s) of South Dakota School of Mines and Shayla Malecki (95’s) of Fort Lewis in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Below are complete lists of our alumni competing in college soccer this fall and their accomplishments.  Please join us in congratulating these players!

2016 Rio Rapids Soccer Club Alumnae Women’s College Soccer Accomplishments

2016 Rio Rapids Soccer Club Alumni Men’s College Soccer Accomplishments

Rio Rapids Soccer Club offers a comprehensive and proven college search program that has helped place 388 of our alumni in college soccer programs.  Learn more about how playing for Rio Rapids can give you a tremendous edge in the college search process at:  http://www.riorapids.org/programs/college-search/

68 Rio Rapids 2016 Graduates Attending College

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Alumni News, College Search, Front Slide Show | 0 comments

68 Rio Rapids 2016 Graduates Attending College

Rio Rapids SC is thrilled to announce that 68 of its 2016 high school graduates are attending college this fall.  This includes 47 male and 21 female graduates.  The club is also excited that 23 of these graduates are playing college soccer this fall. 

Thirteen women are competing for the following colleges/universities:  Nicolette Jones and Lourdes Padilla at Adams State University (CO); Alexa Genas at Campbell University (NC); Avery Lewis at Midwestern State University (TX); Dmitri Fong, Jessica Hix, Sarah Lucero and Payton Sandoval-Belt at the University of New Mexico; Kelly Burton and Valerie Maestas at New Mexico State University; Aimee Shrock at Simpson College (IA), Ariel Roybal at the University of Texas-Permian Basin and Jordyn Lacy at the University of Texas-San Antonio. 

Ten men are competing for the following colleges/universities:   Caleb Cowert at Adams State University (CO); Andrea Seazzu at the United States Air Force Academy (CO); Alec Robertson at Colorado College; Tankred Steinbach at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; Kyle Habetler and Robert Leonard at Eastern New Mexico University; Tanner Hendrix at Elmhurst College (IL); Devon Baird at Fort Lewis College (CO); Chris Lovato at the University of New Mexico and Jaren Robledo at Southern Virginia University.

Please join us in congratulating and sending along best wishes to all of these alumni attending college!

A full list of the college plans for our 2016 graduates can be found here:

MEN                                      WOMEN

2016 College Commitments Recognized on Signing Day

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in College Search | 0 comments

2016 College Commitments Recognized on Signing Day

Rio Rapids Soccer Club is thrilled and proud to recognize its nineteen 2016 high school graduates who have committed to play for college soccer programs as of February 3. The players, their families and coaches gathered at Vernon’s Open Door Restaurant in Albuquerque on National Signing Day to celebrate their accomplishments. These players have worked tirelessly on the field to develop as soccer players and have also focused on excellence in the classroom. They truly are student-athletes.

Specific details on the Rio Rapids SC 2016 college commitments can be found here:  2016 Rio Rapids SC College Commitment Program.

The Club would like to extend it’s sincerest appreciation and gratitude to Vernon’s Open Door Restaurant for generously hosting this event (https://www.facebook.com/VernonsOpenDoor).

Rio Rapids Soccer Club offers a comprehensive and proven college search program that has helped place 365 of our alumni in college soccer programs.  Learn more about how playing for Rio Rapids can give you a tremendous edge in the college search process at:  http://www.riorapids.org/programs/college-search/

2016 Girl's Commitments

2016 Girl’s Commitments

2016 Boy's Commitments

2016 Boy’s Commitments

27 Schools at Rio Rapids College Fair

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in College Search | 0 comments

27 Schools at Rio Rapids College Fair

Rio Rapids Soccer Club hosted its 2nd annual College Fair on Tuesday, December 29.  The Fair was a tremendous success as Rio Rapids alumni and coaches who have or are currently playing college soccer attended representing 27 colleges/universities (2015 College Fair Participating Schools).  These alumni and coaches were available as resources in an informal setting to discuss their school’s academic and athletic programs as well as their academic major with current Rio Rapids member families.

Rio Rapids Soccer Club offers a comprehensive and proven college search program that has helped place 365 of our alumni in college soccer programs.  Learn more about how playing for Rio Rapids can give you a tremendous edge in the college search process at:  http://www.riorapids.org/programs/college-search/

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81 Rio Rapids Alumni Make Their Mark in College Soccer

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Alumni News, College Search | 0 comments

81 Rio Rapids Alumni Make Their Mark in College Soccer

Rio Rapids SC is proud to announce that 81 of its alumni (50 females and 31 males) were a part of college soccer programs throughout the country during the Fall of 2015.  Sixteen of these players helped their team reach post-season tournaments with Ryan Hunter (97’s) a key player for the Trinity University (TX) team that made it all the way to the NCAA Division 3 quarterfinals, Taylor Settecerri (94’s) and Caitlin Christiansen (97’s) contributors for St. Edwards University (TX) and Hardin-Simmons University (TX) reaching the sweet 16 of the NCAA Division 2 and 3 tournaments, Cassie Boren (97’s) starting for the Texas Tech University team that advanced to the NCAA Division 1 second round, and six players (Caitlin Espinoza-93’s, Jordan Hix-94’s, Brooke Milliet-94’s, Shayla Malecki-95’s, Jessica Singleton-96’s, Jenna Brown-97’s) leading Fort Lewis College (CO) to the NCAA Division 2 first round.  Emily Cubbage (94’s) at Division 1 St. Johns University (NY), Luke and Tyler Cotter (94’s) at Division 3 University of Texas-Dallas, John Jamison (95’s) at Division 2 Colorado Mesa University, Parker Conaway (97’s) at Division 2 Seattle Pacific University (WA) and Marshall Metzer (97’s) at Division 1 California State University-Fullerton all were a part of teams earning NCAA tournament berths.  In addition, six players helped lead their teams to conference championships.

Many of these players received individual honors for their outstanding play.  Six ere named to All-Region Teams.  Christian Albrecht (94’s) of Norwich University (VT) was selected to the NSCAA NCAA Division 3 All-New England Region 2nd Team.  Caitlin Espinoza and Brooke Milliet were both recognized on the NSCAA NCAA Division 2 All-South Central Region 2nd Team.  Theodore Hooker (96’s) of Colorado College was selected to the NSCAA NCAA Division 3 All-West Region 3rd Team.  Emily Cubbage was named to the NSCAA NCAA Division 1 All-Northeast Region 3rd Team.  Alejandro Garcia-Lugo (97’s) of East Central College (MO) was named to the NJCAA All-Region 16 1st Team.  Twelve players were named to their All-Conference team with Caitlin Espinoza named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and Christian Albrecht named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Defender of the Year each for the second consecutive season.  Caitlin Espinoza was also recognized as the Fort Lewis College Outstanding Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

A number of players also received individual honors for excellence in the classroom.  Twelve players were named to All-Academic Teams by their Conference with Lucy Chalgren (96’s) of West Texas A&M University, Emily Cubbage, Natalie DuBoise (96’s) of Lipscomb University (TN), Darin James (96’s) of South Dakota School of Mines, Shayla Malecki (95’s) of Fort Lewis College (CO) and Kaley Smith (94’s) of Kansas University selected to the 1st Team.

Here are complete lists of the players competing in college soccer this fall and their accomplishments:

2015 Rio Rapids Soccer Club Alumnae Womens College Soccer Accomplishments

2015 Rio Rapids Soccer Club Alumni Mens College Soccer Accomplishments

Rio Rapids Soccer Club offers a comprehensive and proven college search program that has helped place 365 of our alumni in college soccer programs.  Learn more about how playing for Rio Rapids can give you a tremendous edge in the college search process at:  http://www.riorapids.org/programs/college-search/

2015 Rio Rapids Alumni Colleges Graphic

CASL College Showcase

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in College Showcases, Out of Town Tournaments, Rio Rapids Club News | 0 comments

The Rio Rapids ’00G team competed in the CASL College Showcase in Raleigh, North Carolina last weekend. The 00’s enjoyed a successful weekend of soccer competing against top teams throughout the country. As part of the trip, the ’00’s attended the NCAA Division 1 Women’s College Cup. The team also took college tours of Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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