NCSA recently had the pleasure of catching up with Mount Mercy College’s Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Raven Blackwell. Here is a little information about her team and what she looks for in recruits:
1. How would you describe yourself as a coach?
In general, I pride myself on being personable. I want players to be comfortable in approaching me with any concerns they may have on or off the playing field. I want our players to have the best resources possible to grow as students, athletes, and, most importantly, individuals.
On the field, I am a supporter of mastering the technical skills needed for success and understanding the creativity within the game. Also, I look to not only teach the “how” of the game, but also the “why.” There is always a purpose in how we play and every player knows that because they learn the game.
Ultimately, our coaching staff will push every player to be the best and instill a sense of responsibility and pride throughout their playing career.
Your success is our success. Your failure is our failure. We are in everything together!
2. What is unique about the experience at your school?
At Mount Mercy, our players have the opportunity to receive an excellent education and a chance to play college soccer at a competitive level. However, players will also have the opportunity to be involved in activities other than soccer, make lifelong friends, and have a memorable college experience.
3. What do you look for in recruits?
Our coaching staff looks for players with a good foundation and understanding of the game. We also look for players who have a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and commitment to the team mentality.
4. What sort of questions do you really like to hear from recruits?
Where do you see me fitting into your program?
If I want to see playing time, what do I have to do?
5. What turns you off when you are recruiting a student athlete?
As a coaching staff, we are turned off when recruits do not respond to phone calls, texts, and/or emails. No matter your interest level, give us a response.
If you are interested, let us know. If you aren’t, let us know too.
6. What do you think your program is the most successful at?
I think our program is most successful at having the ability to balance academics, athletics, and any other activities like clubs, organizations, and jobs.
This offers the opportunity for every player to have a well rounded college experience.
7. Why should a recruit consider your program?
Our program (and college) will give individuals lifelong tools to be successful on and off the field – guaranteed.
8. If a recruit is interested in your program, how should they reach out to you?
Players may reach out to us any way they would like. We appreciate any and all contact from potential players.