The iSoccerPath Story: The Beginnings
In early 2010, Jeff Jaye was a volunteer high school soccer coach in San Ramon, California. Jeff was asked by the U.S. Soccer Federation Youth National Team Coach and former U.S. National team player, Hugo Perez, to assist him in launching a new program that he created for the USSF called the U.S. Soccer Federation Market Training Centers (MTC). Over the next four years, Jaye managed as a volunteer for the MTCs, launching them in six western states for both boys and girls. He was responsible for managing the local roster invites, check-ins, procuring the fields and overseeing over 600 MTCs as Coach Perez’s assistant.
During this time, a single mom of a high school senior who was on the MTC roster asked if Jaye could help her figure out how to get her son recruited to play college soccer. Her son was a top prospect and playing in the top youth league in the U.S. However, frustratingly, he was not getting any traction from his club, coaches, or colleges and was already in his senior year of high school. Jaye took on the request to help her son and reached out to various college coaches that he had worked with on the MTCs. He put a plan together based on information learned throughout those meetings. This was late October, and letter of intent signing night was only about 12 weeks away. Jaye put together the tips and behind-the-scenes advice of what college coaches are looking for during recruiting process and worked with the young man over the next 2 months. The result: the young player was offered not one, but three NCAA Division I athletic scholarship roster spots!
The iSoccerPath Story: A Family Effort
Soon after, Jaye’s own son and daughter were 11th and 8th graders, respectively. Dallas, his son, was a top prospect and won the USSF DA XI Goalkeeper of the Year as a junior. Dallas graduated in 3.5 years as a Captain for the University of South Florida Men’s Soccer Team. Spenser, his daughter, had a different experience. She had a serious medical condition that made her miss her whole U14 and U15 playing years, and was also struggling with a learning disability that affected her test scores. She was only able to play her U16 to U18 years on the “B team” of her clubs, and in her first summer game of her senior year, she tore her ACL and missed another 12 months of playing. Using the knowledge and skills he learned helping that family, Jaye was able to help his own kids, with both earning athletic scholarships at Division I Universities. Spenser graduated Cum Laude from the University of Hawaii, and just finished her 5th season of eligibility at San Francisco State University while starting classes towards her Major. She is considered a leader and role model for both of her college teams while still working through her medical and learning adversities.
Dallas is now playing in his 4th year professionally here in the U.S., as a goalkeeper for USL sides FC Cincinnati and Phoenix Rising. He received his Masters in Business and has less than $15,000 in student loan debt. He plays for the Guam National team and in 2017, was named Man of the Match in Guam’s World Cup Qualifier versus Oman. Parents of teammates and referrals reached out to Jeff and asked if he could help them. Without hesitation he agreed, and he was happy to give back what he had learned and help other students who wanted to play college soccer. In early 2014, the demand from families and club directors became too great. Jeff decided to put together a company based solely on the tenants of helping kids and parents navigate the college process. The whole idea behind the company was to help students reach their goal to play college soccer. iSoccerPath was formed.
The iSoccerPath Story: A National Program
3 Years of Helping Youth Soccer Players Succeed
At the end of our 3rd year, we are honored to work with over 100 clubs around the country, with many of these clubs using iSoccerPath as their college educational resource. We also teach at College ID Camps and college showcases such as Surf Cup, Blues Cup, and Rage Showcase.
Educational Services SoccerPath prides itself on being a one of the only NCAA-assessed approved education companies*** not a recruiting or scouting service. Our goal is to keep costs as low as $30 a month, so that families of all means can afford the iSoccerPath programs. (***as of 8/2016)
Programs and Growth
Jeff enlisted the advice of college coaches to design the education curriculum, program, and calendar. Former USSF National team coaches became staff evaluators and directors, taking no salary or pay and providing technical, tactical and video evaluations for every client. What followed was a year of meetings and adding valuable staff members to key positions, including a counselor to review transcripts and test scores, to help students stay NCAA-compliant.
Giving Back to the Community!
Many of our educational services are offered for free to youth clubs and associations. We have become the leader in educational services recommended by college coaches, directors of coaching, and soccer boards across the country.