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College Information

This section of our website is dedicated to help the players of Triangle United and their pursuit of gaining admission into college.  This area is not only set up to help our players find resources for gaining an advantage in how to find the right college for them in regards to soccer, but more importantly to find the right college for them, no matter if they play soccer in college. 

If you would like to talk about your childs soccer future, please contact the following staff members:

Male players, contact John Cirillo, TU Director of Soccer, at jcirillo@triangleunited.org

Female players, contact Cindy Parlow-Cone, TU Director of Girls Soccer ages U13-U18, at cparlow@triangleunited.org


Choosing a College

There is more to choosing a college than just soccer.  College life will include a commitment and discipline toward academics as well as exposure to a variety of different social activities. Choosing a school should be based on Academics and love for the school first and then soccer should come second.  In addition, consideration must also be given to topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • School size
  • Location -urban, suburban, rural, etc
  • Cost
  • Admission Requirements
  • Reputation
  • Class Size
  • Academic Strengths/Majors
  • Housing Options including Greek Life
  • Extra Curricular Activities
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Playing Opportunities
  • Red shirt Policies
  • Walk on Policies
  • Current Rosters

Discuss playing opportunities with the coach; talk about admission requirements with the Admissions Representatives; take a virtual tour; visit the campus; interview other students and potential teammates; and evaluate each school's overall strengths.  Watch the team play and how the coach interacts with the players on the field and the style in which the team plays. 

This is a 4 year commitment, so when choosing, make sure to choose the school for the school and imagine what college life would be like if you were to not play soccer (injury, got cut, decided not to play, etc...)

Club's Role

The club will assist any player during the college process as much as the player wants to be helped.  Here are some ways the club can assist our players:

  • Give an honest evaluation of where the player's level is and if the schools they are looking at are on par with their current soccer level (this still does not mean they will play at the school as that is up to the current coach, their style, number of players returning, etc...)
  • Will help in getting the teams into events that will expose our teams to college coaches
  • Will make phone calls on behalf of our players
  • Will sit down with the player (and parents if they like, but the player is the one going to school, so the most important person at the meeting) to discuss ideas, ways to put together a resume, cover letter, etc...

There are numerous things the club will help with in regards to our players and the college process--however, please note that a lot of the work does fall on the individual player and the club is here as a resource.  It is up to the player to decide how much help they want and how much help they need. 

Last thing--no matter how good you are as a soccer player, if you are not a fit academically for that school, there is nothing that coach can do.  MAKE SURE YOU KEEP UP ON YOUR GRADES SO THAT YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR SCHOOL AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!

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