I’ve been busy helping my co-author of How to Coach Girls, Alison Foley, start her own business, Foley Athletic Advising. My daughters and I helped her launch her company, on New Year’s Eve this past year.
At Foley Athletic Advising, we offer comprehensive on-field training, skill evaluation, and recruiting advising. On the field, we work with student-athletes to help them achieve their full athletic potential. Off the field, we work with student-athletes and their parents to create a stress-free roadmap to take the confusion out of the recruiting process and help get into their dream schools.
We are in the business of helping dreams come true. Our recent inaugural event, New England Top 100 College Showcase, brought high school female soccer players together with college coaches. With the NCAA deadline changing for Division 1 schools, college coaches were unable to contact high school students until June 15th after their sophomore year. Many of the athletes who played in our event received emails and phone calls from coaches interested in them.
The list of college coaches who said they were coming included:
Albany University, American International College, Amherst College, Babson College, Barry University, Boston University, Brandeis University, Brown University, Charleston Southern University, Clark University, Clemson University, Colby-Sawyer College, Cornell University, Elms College, Emmanuel College, Endicott College, Fairfield University, Fitchburg State University, Florida State University, Franklin Pierce University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Grambling State University, Harvard University, Holy Cross, Iona College, Lasell College, Lesley University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Merrimack College, MIT, NC State, Northeastern University, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Princeton University, Providence College, Salem State, Saint Anselm College, Seton Hall University, Southern Connecticut State University, Southern New Hampshire University, St. Francis Brooklyn, Stonehill College, Syracuse University, Temple University, The University of Texas at El Paso, UCLA, UConn, UMass Amherst, UMass Lowell, UNC, University of Bridgeport, University of Michigan, University of New Hampshire, University of New Haven, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rhode Island, Wake Forest University, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, Wheaton College, Yale University and more, as well as scouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
My daughters both stopped playing soccer by the end of 8th grade, but many of their friends came to the event. It was nice to see them putting the girls at ease as nerves were apparent pre-game. My husband helped me run the coaches’ check-in table. He also spent a lot of time in the referee tent, keeping them laughing. My daughters ran merchandise, player check-in/check-out, and video/photography.
I am loving helping my friend start her own business. Females helping females is what this is all about. And making dreams come true for the next generation of females as well!
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