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iSoccerPath Online Presents A Clear Path To College Soccer

By Tim Towle

For years, parents and players across the country have struggled to find crucial information that allows hopeful college bound student-athletes to make the next step in their soccer careers from high school to the next level and beyond.

After three years of hard work behind the scenes, iSoccerPath will now make it much easier to attain that information with the rollout of its signature online educational portal.

The iSoccerPath education portal was designed specifically for youth soccer players and their parents. It includes an evaluation process and essential educational content, presented by grade level with quarterly learning modules. iSoccerPath prioritizes and prepares student-athletes to become highly identified prospects based on their skill level, academic record, and family’s financial priorities.

Where iSoccerPath stands out from traditional soccer recruiting companies is the fact they aren’t a recruiting service. iSoccerPath has been deemed a non-recruiting service and a college education company by the governing entities who oversee these types of companies.

Parents and players have enough on their plates to consider while traversing the recruiting process; the last thing needed is a company with ulterior motives guiding prospects towards their partners or making promises on behalf of college coaches despite being prohibited by NCAA rules.

“iSoccerPath is truly innovative in that it streamlines the entire process in one place that specifically makes the student accountable,” said iSoccerPath CEO Alison Gerlach.

“As a parent of two teens, I know the serious anxiety that the process of getting into college causes. Before your child even starts high school, you feel like you are already behind, and for the student who also hopes to be a collegiate athlete, the process is even more confounded,” she said.

The team assembled by iSoccerPath boasts decades of soccer experience in the U.S. and abroad, whether as directors, coaches, players, or parents, making the company equipped to tackle any problem encountered throughout the recruiting process while also relating on a personal level.

After holding over 100 various youth club panels, college ID camps, and showcases around the country, in which almost 25,000 soccer players and parents have attended, the program’s feedback has been nothing short of glowing.

In less than three years, iSoccerPath has had almost 200 different college coaches across the country attend their panels, giving coaches the platform to speak directly to parents and players they’ve so desperately been craving.

Each panel is unique — there’s no scripted presentation going over the same bullet points night after night. The people in attendance want to hear about subjects applicable to themselves, and that’s what the coaches aim to address.

LA Galaxy Youth Director and former goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is a proponent of what iSoccerPath is trying to accomplish. “Coaches can’t thank you enough for engaging with these young athletes,” Kennedy said of the panels.

“The shared knowledge will undoubtedly help them in their journey to become college soccer student athletes.”

Not every coach is going to agree with each other on the best path to a collegiate career either, which further opens the door for conversations between players and programs to determine where the best fit is.

“We teach through the stories coaches tell of players who were and weren’t successful in marketing themselves to try and earn a spot in their program, and why that was,” iSoccerPath Founder and President Jeff Jaye said.

“Coaches know when they come to one of our panels that they’re going to have the opportunity to address 200-300 people in the room,” Jaye continued. “The fact that we’re NCAA-approved unlike recruiting companies gives these coaches the platform to speak freely and honestly to the families.”

iSoccerpath’s educational footprint has attracted the attention of over 150 youth clubs and college ID camps, as well as MLS, USL, and ECNL academies.

There isn’t a shortage of opportunities for players to interact with coaches and staff to plan the next step to a collegiate career.

“What gets me out of  bed every morning and continues to be my focus is getting that email from the player or parent that the student athlete had just received an offer from a college coach and made their dreams come true,” Jaye said. “That’s why I started this, to get players and parents away from what everyone believes is the wrong information in recruiting.”

By | 2018-07-10T19:56:59+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Western Canada Rush Partners with iSoccerPath

“Your Bridge from Club To College Soccer” 

(San Ramon, California)- iSoccerPath, the premier education and evaluation company for families of prospective college soccer student athletes, is happy to announce it has been approved to offer it’s college education programs to the RUSH families in Western Canada.

iSoccerPath will be working with RUSH parents and players to enhance and increase their chances of getting a roster spot on a college soccer program.  “We are incredibly honored to work with RUSH and their excellent coaching staff. Our goal is to work very closely with Executive Director Jazz Sohal and the RUSH staff to provide their parents and players the most current & relevant information on how to become a college student athlete.” said Jeff Jaye, Managing Director of iSoccerPath “Western Canada RUSH is committed to all their players who want to get a college education and play soccer after graduating high school. This is a great opportunity for iSoccerPath and we are looking forward to helping the club increase their college commitments.” 

To learn more about iSoccerPath visit their website at www.isoccerpath.com.

By | 2018-05-16T02:24:51+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

iSoccerPath Adds New Coaching Director, Cheryl Owiesny

(San Ramon, California) – iSoccerPath, the premier education and evaluation company for families of prospective college soccer student athletes, is happy to announce the addition of Cheryl Owiesny as a new Coaching Director.

Cheryl Owiesny has been the head women’s soccer coach at DeAnza College in San Jose, Calif. for the past 20 years, where she is also a full-time faculty member in the Physical Education dept. since1999.

Cheryl Owiesny received a BA from CSU Chico in Teaching, then her Masters from SJSU in Kinesiology Sports Management.  Owiesny has a USSF A License and a United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma.  She has been an ODP State Team Asst Coach and ODP District 2 Head Coach.

Coach Owiesney’s teams regularly finish in the top of their conference and have been in multiple conference playoffs over the past 20 years. Cheryl’s players regularly move on to a 4 year college to obtain their degrees and play at top soccer programs for their 2 years in attendance.

By | 2018-05-11T00:12:23+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

iSoccerPath Adds New Coaching Director, Jared Vock

(San Ramon, California) – iSoccerPath, the premier education and evaluation company for families of prospective college soccer student athletes, is happy to announce the addition of Jared Vock as a new Coaching Director.

Jared Vock started his career off as a coach at the IMG Academy in Bradenton for 8 years. He was most recently with DME Sports Academy as a Program Development Manager, as well as with the Orlando City Soccer Club.  Vock has been an assistance men’s soccer coach and an interim head coach for Stetson University from 2014-2016.  He also spent some time with the National Scouting Report.  He currently holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License.

Jared Vock’s collegiate playing experience consists of the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL from 2001-2003 with All-Freshman Team Conference USA in 2001, Second-Team All-Conference USA in 2001 & 2002, and Pre-Season All-Conference USA in 2002 & 2003.  Then from 2004-2005 he was at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, where he led his team to 17 – 2 – 1 record in the NCAA NE-10 Conference and was all-NE 10 Third-Team in 2004.

By | 2018-07-10T20:31:54+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Check out your local Junior College Options

One of the biggest misconceptions is that going to a junior college for 1 or 2 years to play soccer is an embarrassment or something parents or youth players would never consider. Take a look at this post from Coach Rusty Johnson, head coach at De Anza JC. Not only is the program Nationally ranked but Rusty is a former D1 coach and player. Coaches at the JC level take promoting their players to 4 year institutions to get their degrees and continue their soccer careers.  “Yesterday was a great day for the men’s soccer program at De Anza College. Three players, all signing full scholarship offers to continue their education, have decided where they would like to enroll next year. I couldn’t be prouder of these young men and the time they have put in to excellence in the classroom and on the field,” said Rusty Johnson. 

Don’t look now but more and more college soccer coaches at all levels are taking more and more JC transfers then 18 year old high school players. Why? They are more mature, have played 40 games at a level that is consistent with the college game physically and tactically. They have earned their AA by taking all their general ed classes and to top it off they probably spent no more than $2,000 a year max. More and more college coaches on our panels are saying their recruiting classes are made up more of JC players each year. Parents, if your child is maybe not ready to go away to college, or doesn’t have the best grades/test scores and could use one or two years at home please check out your local JC soccer programs.

** Side Note- did you know the classes that JC kids take in their first two years are the exact same ones that the freshman take at UC’s, State and Private Schools? Time to add junior colleges to your wide net of options to become a student athlete. Stand by soon for a big announcement from iSoccerPath on the Junior College route.

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By | 2018-04-13T20:30:43+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Alison Gerlach Announced as New iSoccerPath CEO

For Immediate Release- San Ramon, Ca 03/20/2018

iSoccerPath is excited to announce the hiring of their new CEO, Alison Gerlach. Ms. Gerlach joined the iSoccerPath team in February 2018 with more than 20 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, strategic management consultant, venture investor, business executive, and lecturer with expertise in, and a passion for, building and growing businesses. She has done extensive research in optimizing the business start-up process and has founded, built, and sold businesses in industries that include consumer goods, media, technology, and professional services. 

As a strategic management consultant and investment fund advisor, Ms. Gerlach has worked with executive teams in the soccer world including clubs in Bundesliga, La Liga, and EPL. She owns a minority stake in a Southern California professional soccer team associated with LAFC. She is a frequent lecturer in top universities all over the country, and is the host of the popular podcast, “The Unapologetic Capitalist” which focuses on building value of ventures at any stage.

Ms. Gerlach earned her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She received her BA in economics and mathematics from Cornell University.

iSoccerPath Founder, Jeff Jaye, comments “We are excited to have Alison aboard as she leads us through our inaugural product roll out in April. In a short amount of time, Alison has built key infrastructure and organizational process to harness the meteoric rise of ISP, planned out our next round of funding, and has strategically positioned the company as the industry leader in supporting student athletes optimally manage the admission process into college.”

Further information on Alison Gerlach can be found:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/abgerlach/

http://unapologeticcapitalist.com/about/

www.isoccerpath.com

By | 2018-03-20T17:58:47+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments