Recently, the D3 Recruiting Hub conducted a survey of NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer coaches on their recruiting practices. In keeping with our mission of trying to provide information about the D3 recruiting process, we would like to share the results of this survey with you. Below is a summary of the data; we will be analyzing it over the next few weeks as the recruiting season starts to pick up again.
This survey was sent to NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer head coaches across the United States and there were 97 respondents. We received results from Men’s and Women’s coaches in 22 states that we divided into four regions. They were the East Coast (CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, VA, VT- 46.4% of responses), the Mid West (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, TX, WI- 39.2%), the South East(GA, NC, TN- 7.2%) and the West Coast (CA- 2.1%). Five coaches did not respond with the state where their institution was located (5.1%).
Below is a graphic representation of this distribution.
As you can see, the bulk of the responses (85.6%) came from head coaches in either the Mid West or East Coast regions. Additionally, 62.9% of respondents coached Women’s teams, while 37.1% coached Men’s teams at the D3 level.
Staffing Levels- Assistant Coaches
Each head coach was asked the number of assistant coaches that they had as part of their staff.
|# Asst Coaches||% of Respondents|
Head coaches were surveyed about the person at their D3 institution responsible for supervising soccer recruiting. While the ultimate responsibility works its way up the chain-of-command, much of the responsibility may be delegated to the head coach due to limited time and resources.
|Responsible for Recruiting||% of Respondents|
|Asst AD/ Volunteer Coach/ Other||2.5|
Administrative Help with Recruiting
Of our respondents, 53.6% said they received administrative help for recruiting from their athletic department while 46.4% did not get any help from their athletic department. Of those that received help, the source of their help broke down as follows.
|Source of Help||% of Respondents|
|Work Study Students||26.4|
|Ath Dept Admin||14.9|
Every head coach wants to get out and see recruits play, but they can’t always do it themselves. Below is the breakdown of who is scouting players with/for the head coach.
|Scouting Help||% of Respondents|
|None- Head Coach only||20.0|
We asked the D3 head coaches how many high school soccer games and college showcases they attend per year. Below are the results.
|High School Games||% of Respondents|
|College Showcases||% of Respondents|
Lastly, we also asked what other events coaches attended. Below is the consolidated list.
- Camps (Elite, College)
- Club Games
- College Combines
- ECNL Games/Events
- High School All Star Games
- High School Playoffs
- Indoor Games/Leagues
- Non Showcase Tournaments
- ODP Regional Leagues
- ODP Training/Games
- Online Video Recruiting Services
- Regional Games/Leagues
- State Cups
- Super Y League Games
- USSF Academy Games/Events
Two other coaches also said that there were “Too many to list” and another stated that they went to “Any type of competition…” within their geographic area based on their availability.
This survey is a small sampling of all the NCAA Division III programs across the country, but it gives us good insight into some important recruiting information related to D3 soccer. A special thanks goes out to all the D3 coaches that took time out of their busy schedules to take this survey. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.