Your College Gameplan

Benfica USA is committed to helping our Student Athletes with their College Gameplan.
Our coaches and directors have many contacts and insights to share. See below for upcoming events.

March 8 2015 - College Night

Benfica USA College Night 2015

Thank you to all the parents, players and Benfica coaches who attended the informative College Night session. We were fortunate to have seasoned coaches on the panel from Endicott College, Pine Manor College, and Rivier University. The guest college coaches have combined for over 50 years of coaching experience at the NCAA level from Division I, II, and III institutions and their expertise enlightened all of us. The panel covered all aspects of recruiting, campus visits, balancing academics and athletics, and finding the right college fit. We encourage all Benfica families to take the time to understand the college process as it is an investment in your child’s future. As one coach indicated during the session, there is a college for everyone and a chance to play college soccer for everyone -  the key is finding the right fit. 

All the best as you begin your college journey!

Arthur Dimitrakopoulos

Executive Director/President

Download the College Night 2015 Handout here

Guest Coaches for College Night 2015


Assumption College Coach DJ Corrao began his first season as the men's soccer head coach at Assumption College in the 2014 season. Corrao came to Assumption from Division II Molloy College in Long Island, New York where he served as an assistant coach for the Lions. Corrao also served as the director of operations for the men’s soccer program at Adelphi University (N.Y.) for the 2010-2011 seasons as the Panthers advanced to the 2011 Atlantic Soccer Conference Championship Game. In addition to his coaching experience, Corrao was a member of the men’s soccer program at Division I Fordham University. 


Endicott College Coach Jodi Kenyon leads one of the most successful teams in school history. The Endicott’s women’s soccer program has made 15 straight appearances in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament including nine championships. Kenyon has led the Gulls to five conference titles and six NCAA tournament appearances, where they have collected six victories, and has compiled a record of 143-48-14 (.732). She is a two-time CCC Coach of the Year (2009, 2013). Prior to Endicott she was the Head Coach at University of Vermont, Assistant Coach at Harvard from 1994-96 and Assistant Coach at Adelphi (1990-94). Kenyon was a four year starter at Adelphi University and earning  All-Conference player and Academic All-American honors. 


Rivier University Coach Laura Ray joined the Raiders after spending the last three seasons as the Head Coach at Dean College, where she earned NJCAA's Region 21 Coach of the Year honors. She spent two seasons with State University of New York at Cortland (SUNY Cortland) during the 2002 and 2003 campaigns. Ray has coached at Division I University of Akron, Division II Binghamton University, and Division III, Plattsburgh State University, Springfield College, and Wheelock College as an Assistant Coach. Ray played at Plattsburgh State University, she was a captain and four year standout on the pitch and in 2011 was inducted in the Plattsburgh Cardinal Hall of Fame.


What a College Coach Looks for in Recruits

Recruitment Sites

Online Recruitment Sites
Use Online Sites to create a profile, list your credentials and promote yourself.
Send links to your profile to the College Coaches, and they have privileges to search the database for you after tournaments.

CaptainU - Used by The Seacoast Showcase tournaments in March

GotSoccer - Used by numerous College Showcase tournaments.

All of our players have accounts in these databases which are linked to our Club.
Unsure of your account information - Contact

Professional Advisors


I was lucky to be introduced to three professionals on the subject of preparing to play College Sports.   

On Monday November 4, 2013 they ran a fantastic introductory session which was well attended by many of our families.  They have provided us with an overview of the discussion as well as some guidelines.  Please take the time to read the attached documents and if you have additional questions or need further assistance feel free to contact them.  Their respective websites are linked below. 

This is a must for all our high school players/families as well as anybody else that wants to be pro-active in developing an early College Gameplan.

Please know there are NO ties to Benfica USA and any personnel to this event.  This is offered for your information only.  I hope you all take advantage of this great opportunity, 

Best regards,   Arthur




TCA 5 Keys to Playing College Sports.pdf
TCA Indicators for success.pdf
TCA Myths vs realities.pdf
TCA Vision Recruiting.pdf
TCA Your Personal Marketing Plan.pdf

Building a Student-athlete Profile.docx
Student-athlete Profile template.doc

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