Rio Rapids Soccer Club is proud to offer a comprehensive college search support 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:
95% of our 2022 high school graduates are attending college,
- 84 alumni (54 women and 30 men) are playing with college soccer programs during the Fall of 2022,
- They are the most recent additions to the 552 Club alumni who have played college soccer
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:
College Search Seminar for Players/Parents
Rio Rapids annually offers a comprehensive college athletic planning seminar 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 830 college coaches attended Rio Rapids SC games to scout players in 2018-19
- Rio Rapids SC coaches have relationships with the staff at over 150 college soccer programs,
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 including an ID camp calendar,
- Guidelines and advice for developing video for college coaches,
- College recruiting rules and regulations summary,
- Player profile template,
- Sample college coach contact emails/letters.
RRSC College News
College Commitment Recognition Social
Rio Rapids Soccer Club hosted its College Commitment Recognition Social at Power Ford on Monday, April 24. The Club recognized 19 of our 2023 high school graduates who plan to play collegiate soccer this coming fall. We are so proud to recognize these players who have...
Rio Rapids Alumni Impact College Soccer at All Levels
Rio Rapids SC is proud to announce that 84 of its alumni (54 women and 30 men) were a part of 56 college soccer programs throughout the country during the Fall of 2022. Twenty-two of these players were a part of teams that earned trips to the national tournament....
Rio Alumnae Contributions To the New Mexico Women’s Soccer Team
Mercedes Morris, a Rio Rapids 04-03 Girls Academy alum and 2022 graduate, made the most of her college debut at the University of New Mexico on Sunday. She had a pair of assists in UNM's 4-2 win over California State University-Bakersfield. In addition, Mackenna...
College Commitment Recognition Social
Rio Rapids Soccer Club hosted its College Commitment Recognition Social at Power Ford on Monday, April 25. The Club recognized 20 of our 2022 college graduates who plan to play collegiate soccer this coming fall. We are so proud to recognize these players who have...
Rio Rapids Alumni Impact College Soccer from Hawaii to Maine
Rio Rapids SC is proud to announce that 89 of its alumni (48 women and 41 men) were a part of 56 college soccer programs throughout the country during the Fall of 2019. Twelve of these players were a part of teams that earned trips to the national tournament. Luca...
75 Rio Rapids Alumni Make Impact at 43 Colleges in 2018
Rio Rapids SC is proud to announce that 75 of its alumni (52 women and 23 men) were a part of 43 college soccer programs throughout the country during the Fall of 2018. Fifteen of these players were a part of teams that earned...
College Bound – Players National Letter of Intent Day
Rio Rapid SC Players on National Letter of Intent (NLI) Day In honor of National Letter of Intent (NLI) Day, we would like to feature our Rio players who has made a commitment to play soccer for universities next fall. We are so proud of you! Rio Rapids...
Rio Rapids Alumni Impact College Soccer Across the Country in 2017
Rio Rapids SC is proud to announce that 70 of its alumni (47 women and 23 men) were a part of college soccer programs throughout the country during the Fall of 2017. Eleven of these players helped their team reach the national tournament. ...
2017 College Commitments Recognized on 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...
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...