I met Ciara through training in Vancouver BC during my senior year of high school. I had received emails from various universities about potential opportunities, but it was through Ciara’s understanding of me as a player, the type of university that would be a good competitive fit for me, and the right school for me to academically that really helped me narrow down a target list. It was through close connections that Ciara had with Arizona State University that led to the real beginning of my adult playing career. I don’t think I would have had all the opportunities I have had to play professional soccer in England, Germany and Scotland without the help of Ciara connecting me to Arizona State and the knowledge, and experience I gained through playing at an elite university.
Ciara was instrumental in helping me understand the recruiting process and connecting me with the coaches at Yale where I eventually played for 3 years with the Bulldogs. Over the years she has helped countless players from Canada play NCAA soccer. She is one of the most globally connected people in women’s soccer, passionate about giving players opportunities and I couldn’t recommend anyone better to be working to help connect future student-athletes
Ciara has been a mentor for me as an athlete at times of injury, when I have had to overcome adversity, but probably most importantly when she was helping me through the college recruiting process. I had no idea how to go about pursuing my goal of playing Division I soccer until she guided me through the process. She taught me how to write to and contact college coaches, gave me tips about what my highlight video should contain, and gave great advice about what to consider when it came time to choosing a program. Thanks to Ciara I was able to achieve my athletic and academic goals.
Ciara McCormack is so passionate about using her wealth of experience at the top level of the game to teach the next generation of girls how to achieve their own goals in soccer and life. The 2014 Western Canada Soccer Showcase was my first exposure to NCAA coaches, and Ciara went out of her way to set me up with a team so that I could participate as a guest player. Her seminar at the showcase was full of beneficial insight into the recruiting process. Since the Showcase in 2014 we have stayed in touch and she has provided me with valuable input on all the challenges that I’ve faced in my collegiate career so far.
Ciara’s instruction, encouragement and enthusiasm were key for Paige’s successful recruiting process. She laid out a manageable and constructive plan, which took work on Paige’s part, but directly led to Paige being seen and considered by several schools and ultimately the one she finally chose (and chose her). Ciara emphasized the student athlete’s role in the process as far as maturity, accountability and communication. This not only led to successful interactions with potential schools, but most of all, to personal growth and increased confidence for Paige – Paige’s Mom, Amy Van Andel.
I received a full ride scholarship to attend the University of San Francisco, and Ciara helped me every step of the way. As a former college athlete herself, she had first hand experience that she shared with me that helped me immensely. She asked other athletes who had played at different schools to share their experiences with me and showed me steps that helped me narrow down the schools that I wanted to look at. Ciara did everything she could to help me reach my goals and didn’t stop until I signed for USF. Now that I have graduated, I still reach out to her when I have a soccer related question and she always has the answer or is ready to give a helping hand.
We came and watched Katie play last year in Burlington at the TOPP Event. We hadn’t seen her before the event, but she had reached out to us expressing her interest in Ryerson. She did a great job at the clinic and because of that, we offered her a roster spot at Ryerson. She has made a big impact as a first-year player this year, and we look forward to coming back to Burlington this year to find some more talent
Ryerson Assistant Coach: Tina Cook
Ciera was a player of mine that got injured at an unfortunate time and when she came to the TOPP Clinic in Burlington in November 2016 as a grade 12 player, she was interested in going to the US but didn’t have any viable options. Ciara sat down with Ciera, got an idea of her needs and helped connect her with an NAIA school, where she received a scholarship and is in the middle of her first year. I can’t say enough good things about my experience with the TOPP program.
Cristina Volpini: Saltfleet 1999’s
We came to the TOPP Clinic in Burlington in 2016 and was very impressed with Mikaela Recchia. As with another recruit from Calgary, Sarah Johns, the TOPP Soccer Clinics were instrumental in evaluating and deciding to offer both players roster spots for 2018. We look forward to coming back and finding more talent in 2017.
Jesse Symons, Head Coach, UBC
My husband and I were incredibly impressed with the TOPP Soccer ID Camp in November 2016 in the Toronto area. The venue, information and agenda were well-organised and very thorough and there was great representation and speeches/question answer sessions with coaches from many US and Canadian Universities. As a result of Ciara’s extensive soccer connections and the TOPP Soccer ID Clinic, we were connected with Florida International Head Coach Sharolta Nonen. After taking an unofficial visit to Miami in March 2017 our daughter was offered a scholarship to FIU and will be playing there the Fall of 2019. We are so grateful to TOPP for giving us the exposure and connection and allowing Carmen to have this opportunity.
Amy Rapoport, Mother of Carmen Marin, 2016 TOPP Clinic Participant.
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