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College Advisory Program

This program has been created to help guide NUSA players through an important time in their life. Continuing your athletic and academic career at the college level requires a tremendous amount of work. We aim to assist you through the college recruiting and admission process while providing a realistic evaluation and expectation both on the soccer field and in the classroom. Our staff at NUSA consists of many coaches that have played at both college and professional levels.   We also have several coaches who are currently college coaches or were college coaches of both men's and women's programs. Our college advisory program is free and available to every player and family who are NUSA members which saves you from having to pay for recruiting services or a fee that some clubs charge for this exact same service.

For additional, comprehensive information regarding the recruiting process please contact NUSA college advisory coordinators for a copy of the COLLEGE ADVISORY HANDBOOK


​Boys Advisor, Ali Arman –

Girls Advisor – Deni Ismailovic –


NUSA College Advisors

Quick Facts:

Division 1 schools are currently on a recruiting dead period until April 15th, 2021 due to COVID-19.


It is important to know that not all programs are fully funded and it is rare that schools offer full scholarships for soccer alone.

Division 1 Men’s Programs:

Nation:  205

Tennessee: 4


Division 2 Men’s Programs:

Nation: 206

Tennessee: 8


Division 3 Men’s Programs:

Nation: 415

Tennessee: 4

NAIA Men’s Programs:

Nation: 188

Tennessee: 8


Junior College Men’s Programs:

Nation: 217

Tennessee: 0

NUSA boys in college:



Braeden Grundy - Harding University

Collin Hensel - Carson-Newman


Michael Jones- Trevecca University



Ian Bernatavitz- Gettysburg College

William Bryan- Maryville College

Nick Dang- Lipscomb University

Levi Jones- Lipscomb University

Malachi Jones- Lipscomb University

Joshua Lynch- Trinity College

Dominic Miller- Washington College

Levi Shelton- Georgetown College

Jack Shields- Centre College

Harrison Watts- Lees-McRae

Bradley Whelan- Gettysburg College

Judah White- Trevecca University

Zavien Baron - University of North Western Ohio

Division 1 Women’s’ Programs:

Nation: 333

Tennessee: 11


Divsion 2 Women’s Programs:

Nation: 254

Tennessee: 8


Division 3 Women’s Programs:

Nation: 441

Tennessee: 3

NAIA Women’s Programs:

Nation: 188

Tennessee: 7


Junior College Women’s Programs:

Nation: 181

Tennessee: 4

NUSA girls in college:



Lily Rummo- Western Kentucky

Ellie Belcher- Western Kentucky

Sydney Weinstein- University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Trystan Wepking- Carson-Newman

Kayla Lynch- University of Tennessee/ Tennessee Tech

Jenna Rehm- Carson-Newman

Olivia Grytza- University of Dallas

Sam Stocker- Sewanee

Gabby Jones- Cumberland University

Evelyn Jimenez- Cumberland University



Delaney Gebhard- Bryan College

Addison Johnson- TN Tech

Sylvie Keck- University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Dakota Mitchell- University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Delaney Mitchell- University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Ella Roth-  University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Janiya Stevens-  University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Brenna Swiger- Cumberland University

Kelly Tuerff- University of Tennessee-Chattanooga


Caroline Moore - Oral Roberts University


College Recruiting game plan:

Each year thousands of student-athletes and parents market themselves to college coaches. Some are very successful, some are not. It's not a difficult process if you have a plan and the basic resources to give your student-athlete the best possible advantage. The process is simple, you have to get noticed to get recruited.  The most important thing to keep in mind is that it is not a sprint, but a multi-year marathon.


College sport positions and athletic scholarships aren't available to everyone.  Student-athlete will have to meet some important conditions to get to the next level. You’ll need to identify your academic and athletic abilities, then what division level student-athlete you are to target the right schools where you have the best chance of competing for an opportunity, receiving a scholarship or incentive package. You may find that the truth hurts, or perhaps you’ll be surprised to find that you have underestimated your abilities. This is a critical first step in the process. You may waste your time if you focus your efforts on colleges with the wrong athletic division and academic requirements. You want to make sure you are targeting the right academic schools in the right athletic talent division.

99% of student-athletes have to take initiative in contacting college coaches of where they have interests.  Most colleges have small budgets or are too busy to travel across the country and to contact each individual player.  Players have to reach out to college coaches via phone calls, emails, profile-resumes, videos, etc.  Players should keep in contact with college coaches by letting them know when they have games and training.  NUSA coaches will assist in this as we will make sure that college coaches know when each NUSA team and individual players are playing games, showcase events, state cups, regional leagues, regional and national championships that are interested in playing at the college level.  Please do not think that it is too self-promoting to contact and communicate with college coaches.  College coaches expect you to do this, it is a norm in the college recruiting process.  College coaches want to hear from the student-athlete, not the parents.

Academics are very important part of the recruiting process.  It is vital that student-athlete has the highest GPA, ACT or SAT scores as possible to make themselves more marketable.  You may not qualify for certain schools if you do not meet their academic requirements.  It is also a major way to get more scholarship money and it is a big tool that college coaches use to sign players.

NUSA College Recruitment Advisors and NUSA coaches will be there to help you through the process by being able to meet or answer questions by phone or email.


NCAA Clearinghouse

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) governs three divisions of college athletics and requires that students interested in playing on either Division I or Division II teams file forms for certification of athletic eligibility.  The form and the NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student‐Athlete, a publication that explains the rules and regulations that govern recruiting, eligibility, and financial aid, can be found at the NCAA website at

If you are interested in playing Div 3 or are undecided, create a free profile page on the website.  You will get an NCAA ID number and you will receive important reminders as you complete high school.

Player/Parent meeting with NUSA College Recruiting Advisors will be announced at a later time.


Events that will be planned at a later time due to COVID and when college recruiting dead period ends:

  • NUSA team college ID camp

  • Player ID college ID camp

  • College Coaches Q&A

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