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College Placement

The Colorado Rapids College Placement Program (CPP) assists all players and their families with the college athletics recruiting process. Understanding that not all players will choose to continue to play soccer in college, there are still many benefits of this program that will be useful during a college search and admittance process. The program includes standardized test prep, admission and application information, communication development, and financial aid information.

The College Placement Director’s role is to help parents and players navigate the college selection process through online resource guides, quarterly workshops, ACT/SAT test prep program, and assisting with Sports Recruits. The College Placement Program will foster and develop relationships with university and college programs to create a consistent avenue for CRYSC players to achieve their goals of attending college and playing soccer.

Anthony has experience as an Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Regis University while also coaching for the Region IV Olympic Development Staff. Previous positions include the Real Colorado Edge Soccer Club’s CAP program, serving as a Technical Director, and a proven track record of placing players at colleges all over the United States from Junior College to Division 1.

Anthony-presnell-rapids

Anthony Presnell

College Placement Director
USSF “A” License
Anthony.Presnell@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 Ext. 602

Rapids Youth Soccer Alumni

2018

Class of 2018
PlayerUniversityTeam / RegionDivisionIntended Major
Gabby MacDonald Colorado State University18/19ecnlD1Business
Reagan McCombsUniversity of Central Arkansas 18/19ecnlD1Pre-Dentistry
Savannah WarnerUniversity of Wyoming 18/19ecnlD1Pre-Med
Keelyn OsobaAir Force 18/19ecnlD1Military and Strategic Studies
Sam StudtColorado State University18/19ecnlD1Business
Morgan SzarkaCreighton University18/19ecnlD1PreLaw
Natalie BeckmanDenver University18/19ecnlD1undecided
Alesia GarciaUniversity of New Mexico18/19ecnlD1undecided
Camryn MacMillanDenver University18/19ecnlD1Biological Science
Chaynee KingsburyUniversity of Colorado 18/19ecnlD1undecided
Jaelyn HendrenUniversity of New Mexico18/19ecnlD1Business/Marketing
Claire HustonSoutheastern Louisana18/19ecnlD1Psychology
LIndsi Jennings MIssissippi State University18/19ecnlD1Criminology
Claire 'Scooter' RossMIssissippi State University18/19ecnlD1undecided
Emma BillingsJohns Hopkins18/19ecnlD3Biology/Medical Studies
Haley OnanUniversity of Northern Colorado 18/19ecnlD1Psychology
McKenna WilsonUniversity of Northern Colorado 18/19ecnlD1Business Administration
Fabiola EstradaUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs18/19ecnlD2Chemistry
Ally Swain Colorado Mesa University18/19ecnlD2Nursing
Hanna ChajaUniversity of South Florida 18/19ecnlD1Geological Oceanography
Alexis GaffneyValparasio18/19ecnlD1Kinesiology
Emily ChamberlinAdams State University00Select D2Undecided
Drew MorriseyDoane University (NE)00SelectNAIAUndecided
Cassidy BrownAvila University (MO)00SelectNAIAUndecided
Katie EvansFort Hays State University 99SelectD2Undecided
Eva RiggsAdams State University 99SelectD2Undecided
Kaitlyn EmmonsWest Virginia Wesleyan 99SelectD2Psychology
Savannah MillsUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs 99SelectD2Undecided
Macy BoughnClarke University (IA)CRNAIAUndecided
Jessica RostUniversity of Dubuque (IA)CRD3Undecided
Summer HatchColorado State University - PuebloCRD2Undecided
Keaton ClovenSt. Mary's University of MinnesotaCRD3Undecided
Megan KowalisSouthern Methodist UniversityFCD1Undecided
Kennedie BrumbelowNorthEastern Junior CollegeFCNJCAAUndecided
Laramie LakeWestern Nebraska Community CollegeFCNJCAAUndecided
Maraia RubinGillete CollegeFCNJCAAUndecided
Macy McKinneyNeosho Community College (KS)FCNJCAAUndecided
Grant DisselkoenDordt College (NB)FCNAIAUndecided
Blair DurantUniversity of the PacificFCD1Undecided
Kalen Niedling Univesity of Northern Colorado NorthD1Speach Language Pathology
Franchesska RamirezDelaware State University NorthD1Undecided
Sabrina BridwellColorado State University - PuebloNorthD2Biology
Erin Gibson Colorado State University - PuebloNorthD2Physical Therapy
Porsche NietoColorado State University - PuebloNorthD2Nursing
Miriam Caballero Metropolitain State University - DenverNorthD2Political Science
Holly CiberayMidland UniversityNorthNAIACriminal Justice / Sociology
Ashton HallMesa State UniversityNorth D2Elementary Education
Rachel Boyle Adams State UniversityNorth D2Biology
Taylor Wilpolt University of Colorado Colorado SpringsNorth D2Engineering
Kayla Hruby Wheeling College North D2Music
Meghan Groom Fort Hays State University North D2Nursing
Madison Kemp Wayne State University North D2Business
Becca Jeambey Adams State UniversityNorth D2Nursing
Chloe Cook Adams State UniversityNorth D2Business Management
Emali Ortega Northeastern Junior College North JUCOPre-Med
Ashlee MinneTrinidad State UniversityNorth JUCOVet Science/Biology
Hannah Day Trinidad State UniversityNorth JUCOUndecided
Trinity Patrick Millikin University North D3Biology Pre-Med
Catherine Klemp Illinois Tech North D3Aerospace Engineering
Catherine Klemp Finlandia University North D3Psychology / Fasion
Maddie SorensenRose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyCentralD3Undecided
Hannah MckayMcPherson CollegeCentralNAIAUndecided
Mikela RoutsalaOregan Institute of TechnologyCentralNAIAUndecided
Arielle WilliamsonEmory UniversityCentralD3Undecided
Bethany FuchsWestern Nebraska Community CollegeCentralNJCAAUndecided
Keirra CoxAlabama A&M UniversityCentralD1Undecided
BOYS
Eddie St. MartinAurora University (IL)18/19 B ECNLD3Business
Bradley Van EgerenLake Forest University (IL)South D3Undecided

2017

Class of 2017
PlayerUniversityTeam / RegionDivision
Caitlin McPhersonUniversity of Colorado ECNLD1
Brittany LewisDenver UniversityECNLD1
Taylor ParkerDenver UniversityECNLD1
Jess HixsonUniversity of UtahECNLD1
Shelby SchumacherSanta Clara UniversityECNLD1
Alex Loera Santa Clara UniversityECNLD1
Raye Burton University of MontanaECNLD1
Hannah EdwardsGrand Canyon UniversityECNLD1
Sami TrinceriUniversity of Southern CaliforniaECNLD1
Cam BellIndiana UniversityECNLD1
Libby GeraghtyUniversity of Colorado ECNLD1
Meg HalvorsonDenver UniversityECNLD1
Brooke SosaUniversity of IdahoECNLD1
Annica FletemeyerMiddle Tennessee State UniversityECNLD1
Caroline LewisSpring Hill CollegeECNLD1
Kate LeachmanIdaho State UniversityECNLD1
Halle UnderwoodOtero Junior CollegeStorm North SelectNJCAA
Parker BarnhardtWestern Colorado UniversityStorm North SelectD2
Kailee StobbeMaerrimack CollegeStorm North SelectD2
Jennica JohnsonNebraska Wesleyan UniversityStorm North SelectD3
Abigail CarlsonBlack Hills State UniversityStorm North SelectD2
Janae ReyesOtero Junior CollegeStorm North SelectNJCAA
Gabrielle Costain University of Northern ColoradoStorm North SelectD1
Courtney SchmidtLewis and Clark Storm North SelectD3
Jaya RamirezMount Marty CollegeStorm North SelectNAIA
Zac CollinsIllinois CollegeStorm North SelectNAIA
Ashley BeersAdams State UniversityStorm North SelectD2
Alexis FloresAdams State UniversityStorm North SelectD2
Breana FloresAdams State UniversityStorm North SelectD2
Melina BurnsideShaw UniversityStorm North SelectD2
Karli EheartColorado State UniversityStorm South SelectD1
Maggie PearsonUniversity of St. Thomas (MN)Storm South SelectD3
Mikayla HernandezBlack Hills State University (SD)Storm South SelectD2
Emily GoodsonCreighton UniversityStorm South SelectD1
Zariah SmithFort Hays State UniversityStorm South SelectD2
Hannah DavisColorado MesaStorm South SelectD2
Sierra RothColorado School of MinesStorm South SelectD2
Jade ZimmerNorthwest Nazarene UniversityStorm South SelectD2
Wesley ShadeBethany CollegeStorm North SelectNAIA
Belle HelgursonDordt CollegeCentralNAIA

2016

Class of 2016
PlayerUniversityTeam / RegionDivision
Cheyenne ShortsDenver UniversityECNLD1
Kristen BarbourVillanova UniversityECNLD1
Alex JacksonNaval AcademyECNLD1
Haylee BlachCreighton UniversityECNLD1
Kyleigh CristUniversity of MassachutsetttsECNLD1
Maddie KesslerColorado State UniversityECNLD1
Courtney KoplyayTexas Christian UniversityECNLD1
Cayley LourdemanCreighton UniversityECNLD1
Mandi Duggan University of KansasECNLD1
Maddie GermannMurray State UniversityECNLD1
Annie GrilloWestern Colorado UniversityECNLD2
Sam HowsharBowling Green State UniversityECNLD1
Rachel MullerBowling Green State UniversityECNLD1
Quinn YawgerColorado CollegeECNLD1
Aimee ThorstensenColorado State UniversityECNLD1

College Contact Timeline

The College Placement program has 5 phases preparing our high school players for the college.

  • Phase 1: Establishing a Timeline

    • What to do & When to do it
  • Phase 2: Effective Communication

    • Emails, Phone Calls, & Face-to-Face Talks
  • Phase 3: Campus Visits & Exposure

    • Official vs. Unofficial, Tours, ID Camps, & Showcases
  • Phase 4: NCAA & The Rules

    • Eligibility Center, ACT/SAT Tests, Scholarships
  • Phase 5: The Decision

    • Selecting the right program & the reasons why

High School Timelines

Academics

  • Meet with School Counselor/Advisor to evaluate your academic progress, core courses.
  • Get a great start on your GPA. Stay organized and on top of all studies.
  • Take “academic” electives — languages/mathematics/sciences.
  • Consider ACT and SAT / PSAT study materials and/or tutoring services.

NCAA Preparation

Supplemental Materials

Soccer

  • Development is Priority #1
  • Evaluate your soccer weaknesses and work on improvement.
  • Meet with Coaches and create an action plan based on goals.
  • Practice on your own — fundamentals and ball skills.
  • Consider attending a college’s soccer summer camp or ID camp. In Colorado, there are many local options at Division I, II, III, NAIA, and NJCAA levels.
  • Watch College Soccer Programs, Understand the level.

Academics

  • Meet with School Counselor/Advisor to evaluate your academic progress, core courses.
  • Evaluate your academic weaknesses and work on improvement.
  • Continue to improve on your GPA. Study. Study. Study..
  • Take “academic” electives — languages/mathematics/sciences.
  • Consider ACT and SAT / PSAT study materials and/or tutoring services.

NCAA Preparation

  • Update Sports Recruits Profile  (Free for club members- contact your College Placement Program Director for login)
  • Narrow list of potential colleges & use College Fit Finder College Search Engine
  • Create Highlight Video for College Fit Finder Profile
  • Attend College Placement Program Presentations & Workshops
  • Visit local colleges and universities for unofficial visits with the Admissions department and coaching staff
  • Introductory emails to potential college programs

Supplemental Materials

  • Involve yourself in extracurricular activities — clubs/honor society/church group.

Soccer

  • Development continues to be the #1 priority
  • Evaluate your soccer weaknesses and work on improvement.
  • Meet with Coaches and create an action plan based on goals.
  • Practice on your own — fundamentals and ball skills.
  • Attend college soccer residential camps or ID camps.
  • Practice Communicating with Coaches (email, letters, and phone calls).
  • Watch College Soccer Programs, Understand the level.

Academics

  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your academic curriculum.
  • Take “academic” electives — languages / mathematics / sciences.
  • Retake classes to improve grades if possible.
  • Take the SAT and ACT. Continue to take these tests. Scores will continue to improve. Use external resources, such as our partner The Sport Source, to improve test scores.
  • Become familiar with the Financial Aid and Scholarship process.
  • Start choosing schools — finalize your “wish-list”.
  • Know your abilities and choose schools that “fit” your needs.

NCAA Preparation

  • Update Sports Recruits Profile (Free for club members- contact your College Placement Program Director for login)
  • Narrow list of potential colleges & use College Fit Finder College Search Engine
  • Update Highlight Video for College Fit Finder Profile
  • Communicate with college coaches frequently
  • Attend College Placement Program Presentations & Workshops
  • Visit colleges and universities on your “Final” list, see the team play, train with them if possible
  • Individual meeting with College Placement Program Director

Soccer

  • Use internal programs offered by the Rapids (Showcases, ID Camp, College Night, Guest Play)
  • External programs, such as ID camps, ODP, and national training centers are great ways to be seen
  • Participate in US Training Centers. This is by nomination only. Please speak to your Director of Coaching for more information

Academics

  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your academic curriculum.
  • Complete your core course requirements.
  • Take the SAT and ACT again – scores will improve.
  • Ask questions. This is to your club coaches, teachers, counselors, college coaches. You want to make sure you are 100% prepared.
  • Become familiar with the “Scholarship” process.
  • Become familiar with the “Financial Aid” process.
  • Be prepared to complete the Financial Aid forms. (FAFSA)

NCAA Preparation

  • Update Sports Recruits (Free for club members- contact your College Placement Program Director for login)
  • The final list of potential colleges & use College Fit Finder College Search Engine
  • Final Highlight Video for College Fit Finder Profile
  • Communicate with college coaches frequently
  • Attend College Placement Program Presentations & Workshops
  • Visit colleges and universities on your “Final” list, see the team play, train with them if possible
  • Individual meeting with College Placement Program Director
  • Determine best college soccer and academic opportunity

Soccer

  • Continue to participate in external programs.
  • Continue to practice.
  • Continue to play at the highest level available to you.
  • Know your Academic and Soccer abilities. Speak to your club coaches and directors. Be honest with yourself and your desires in college. It is important to make the right selection when it comes to choosing a college.
  • Do not place too much emphasis on athletic scholarships. Depending on division, scholarships can be limited or non-existent. This is why it is so important to make sure your academics are in order.
  • Does the school “fit” your needs?
  • Will you be happy there? Without Soccer? Without the academic/social environment?
  • Finalize your school “wish list.”
  • Know the consequences of not being prepared
Freshman Year

Academics

  • Meet with School Counselor/Advisor to evaluate your academic progress, core courses.
  • Get a great start on your GPA. Stay organized and on top of all studies.
  • Take “academic” electives — languages/mathematics/sciences.
  • Consider ACT and SAT / PSAT study materials and/or tutoring services.

NCAA Preparation

Supplemental Materials

Soccer

  • Development is Priority #1
  • Evaluate your soccer weaknesses and work on improvement.
  • Meet with Coaches and create an action plan based on goals.
  • Practice on your own — fundamentals and ball skills.
  • Consider attending a college’s soccer summer camp or ID camp. In Colorado, there are many local options at Division I, II, III, NAIA, and NJCAA levels.
  • Watch College Soccer Programs, Understand the level.
Sophomore Year

Academics

  • Meet with School Counselor/Advisor to evaluate your academic progress, core courses.
  • Evaluate your academic weaknesses and work on improvement.
  • Continue to improve on your GPA. Study. Study. Study..
  • Take “academic” electives — languages/mathematics/sciences.
  • Consider ACT and SAT / PSAT study materials and/or tutoring services.

NCAA Preparation

  • Update Sports Recruits Profile  (Free for club members- contact your College Placement Program Director for login)
  • Narrow list of potential colleges & use College Fit Finder College Search Engine
  • Create Highlight Video for College Fit Finder Profile
  • Attend College Placement Program Presentations & Workshops
  • Visit local colleges and universities for unofficial visits with the Admissions department and coaching staff
  • Introductory emails to potential college programs

Supplemental Materials

  • Involve yourself in extracurricular activities — clubs/honor society/church group.

Soccer

  • Development continues to be the #1 priority
  • Evaluate your soccer weaknesses and work on improvement.
  • Meet with Coaches and create an action plan based on goals.
  • Practice on your own — fundamentals and ball skills.
  • Attend college soccer residential camps or ID camps.
  • Practice Communicating with Coaches (email, letters, and phone calls).
  • Watch College Soccer Programs, Understand the level.
Junior Year

Academics

  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your academic curriculum.
  • Take “academic” electives — languages / mathematics / sciences.
  • Retake classes to improve grades if possible.
  • Take the SAT and ACT. Continue to take these tests. Scores will continue to improve. Use external resources, such as our partner The Sport Source, to improve test scores.
  • Become familiar with the Financial Aid and Scholarship process.
  • Start choosing schools — finalize your “wish-list”.
  • Know your abilities and choose schools that “fit” your needs.

NCAA Preparation

  • Update Sports Recruits Profile (Free for club members- contact your College Placement Program Director for login)
  • Narrow list of potential colleges & use College Fit Finder College Search Engine
  • Update Highlight Video for College Fit Finder Profile
  • Communicate with college coaches frequently
  • Attend College Placement Program Presentations & Workshops
  • Visit colleges and universities on your “Final” list, see the team play, train with them if possible
  • Individual meeting with College Placement Program Director

Soccer

  • Use internal programs offered by the Rapids (Showcases, ID Camp, College Night, Guest Play)
  • External programs, such as ID camps, ODP, and national training centers are great ways to be seen
  • Participate in US Training Centers. This is by nomination only. Please speak to your Director of Coaching for more information
Senior Year

Academics

  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your academic curriculum.
  • Complete your core course requirements.
  • Take the SAT and ACT again – scores will improve.
  • Ask questions. This is to your club coaches, teachers, counselors, college coaches. You want to make sure you are 100% prepared.
  • Become familiar with the “Scholarship” process.
  • Become familiar with the “Financial Aid” process.
  • Be prepared to complete the Financial Aid forms. (FAFSA)

NCAA Preparation

  • Update Sports Recruits (Free for club members- contact your College Placement Program Director for login)
  • The final list of potential colleges & use College Fit Finder College Search Engine
  • Final Highlight Video for College Fit Finder Profile
  • Communicate with college coaches frequently
  • Attend College Placement Program Presentations & Workshops
  • Visit colleges and universities on your “Final” list, see the team play, train with them if possible
  • Individual meeting with College Placement Program Director
  • Determine best college soccer and academic opportunity

Soccer

  • Continue to participate in external programs.
  • Continue to practice.
  • Continue to play at the highest level available to you.
  • Know your Academic and Soccer abilities. Speak to your club coaches and directors. Be honest with yourself and your desires in college. It is important to make the right selection when it comes to choosing a college.
  • Do not place too much emphasis on athletic scholarships. Depending on division, scholarships can be limited or non-existent. This is why it is so important to make sure your academics are in order.
  • Does the school “fit” your needs?
  • Will you be happy there? Without Soccer? Without the academic/social environment?
  • Finalize your school “wish list.”
  • Know the consequences of not being prepared

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