August Wrap-Up: Campus Visit Takeaways, Parent Education and More

Chris Bart-Williams with the student-athletes and coaches at a recent College Soccer Bootcamp in Miami.
Chris Bart-Williams with student-athletes and coaches at a recent College Soccer Bootcamp in Miami.


The month of August has been chock full of activity here at CBW Soccer Elite. From my campus visits at Duke and the University of Kentucky, to embarking on preseason training with the launch of Raiders Soccer Club, to hosting the first in a series of college recruiting events in Miami, there’s been no shortage of excitement.

If you’re curious about the level of play, culture, and coaches’ expectations at Duke and UK, I’ve shared my thoughts on each soccer program in a couple of blog posts you might enjoy. Spending time with these players and coaches gave me invaluable insight into some of the finer points of their programs, which I hope will be useful to student-athletes aspiring to play at a similar level.

As an aside, those of you who remember the formidable US Women’s National Team of the 90s will no doubt recall Carla Overbeck’s outstanding leadership of that team. Carla continues to do impressive work as an assistant coach at Duke, and was recently featured in an NBC Sports story about how she’s giving back to the beautiful game. I hope you’ll be as inspired by her as I was.

Meanwhile, back in Miami I was truly impressed by the performance of the athletes who attended my recruiting bootcamp last weekend. These young men and women turned up eager to learn about the college recruiting process – and to experience what collegiate training and competition look like. For many of the participants, this clinic was their first exposure to advanced-level topics and, to their credit, they eagerly absorbed the information. It was wonderful that so many parents also attended and asked great questions about how to manage the challenges of the recruiting process.

Here’s a more detailed description of the clinic’s takeaways, which may help answer some of your own questions about recruiting. And, of course, there are photos to view on social media if you’re curious. If you’re in town, you’re also welcome to attend my next event in Miami on September 28. The learning points and other particulars can be found here.

Finally, if you’re contemplating what it means to have a successful college experience, I suggest you consider additional factors beyond the soccer program. Here’s some advice that can help.

That’s all for now. Have a happy Labor Day weekend and, especially those of you in Florida, please take good care and be safe.



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Chris Bart-Williams is the founder and owner of CBW Soccer Elite. After an extensive career in the English Premier League, Chris now uses his vast soccer knowledge to assist families throughout the college recruiting process and prepare players for the mental and physical challenges of collegiate soccer. You can reach Chris at