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Coaches Corner: University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Head Women’s and Men’s Soccer Coach, Jimmy Hampton

1. How would you describe yourself as a coach?

I am a player’s coach. I want my players to know we care about them unconditionally on and off the field, regardless if we win or lose. We don’t treat them any differently if they lose, and they all feel very comfortable coming into the office to discuss anything.

2. What do you look for in recruits?

The desire to be the best and do things right in every facet of life. I want student-athletes that are intrinsically motivated to be the best in school, athletics and life and not compare themselves to others, but rather ask themselves if they have given their absolute best.

3. What turns you off when you are recruiting a student athlete?

When a parent contacts me via email, or phone call instead of the student-athlete. Not interested in a recruit not being ambitious enough to contact me their selves, and relying on their mom and dad to initiate contact.

4. What do you think your program is the most successful at?

Making sure that through all the hours of hard work it takes to be successful in athletics, to never ever forget that these are young people that play the game for FUN. It is vital that win, lose or draw, I never forget to make sure my players while chasing a degree and competing for championships that they have fun. We graduate, we compete, and we enjoy what we are doing.

5. If a recruit is interested in your program, how should they reach out to you?

Email me with your resume and references along with a schedule. Include things such as ACT score, GPA, accomplishments etc. Make sure I have a way to get in touch with you.