Coaches Series – Part 6 -Matthew Thorne

  Matthew Thorne is the head coach at the University of Western Alabama where he heads up the Mens soccer program. Matty is also a Colaiste Ide alum like myself and has achieved great things in his playing and coaching career since arriving on his scholarship in the US. In this weeks interview Matty discusses... Continue Reading →

Coaches Series – Part 4 – Gary Rogers

I recently had the chance to catch up with Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers. I attended Colaiste Ide with Gary and since then he has gone on to play for a host of teams in the League of Ireland, experience the Champions League and train with the Republic of Ireland  team under Martin O'Neill and Roy... Continue Reading →

Coaches Series: Part 1 – Jim Conroy

  Welcome to the Coaches Series, a  catalogue of interviews with coaches in all settings from strength coaches to specific sport coaches. First up in the series is Jim Conroy from Soccer Scholar US-based in Ireland. Jim was undoubtedly one of the biggest influences on my soccer career and for that I'm forever grateful. I... Continue Reading →

Free Kindle Download of “Earn a Soccer Scholarship”

"Earn and Keep a Soccer Scholarship the USA" will be free to download on Kindle this weekend running from Saturday September 5th to Sunday September 6th. The book includes a fantastic foreword by Jim Conroy, who has sent hundreds of players on scholarships to the US. The book also includes advice for athletes looking to... Continue Reading →

June 16th Book Launch at Navan Library

  I'm delighted to confirm that there will be an official book launch held in Navan library on June 16th at 7pm. Jim Conroy and Danny Crowley are the guests of honor as we look to recognize their great contribution to Irish football over the years at Colaiste Ide through the Association Football course. From... Continue Reading →

Tweets in Review

This week "Tweets in Review" highlights tweets (aka knowledge bombs) from Kevin Carr on "keeping the window open", Movement as Medicine on why to "tone down" instead of "cool down", a book from yours truly on soccer scholarships & Colaiste Ide in Dublin, Adam Bornstein on the importance of sleep and weight loss and another... Continue Reading →

Earn & Keep a Soccer Scholarship to the USA

After hearing about the decision to stop running the Association Football course at Colaiste Ide I decided the work done by Jim Conroy and Danny Crowley needed to be highlighted. Jim wrote an excellent prologue that sets the book up nicely. I also include ways to prepare yourself physically for the challenge ahead and also... Continue Reading →

How Colaiste Ide Set Me Up For Life

   Colaiste Ide is today known as one of the best resources for American college coaches looking to recruit players to play in the college setting. Jim Conroy and Danny Crowley have to turn people away due to the courses popularity in Ireland. The groundwork was put in by Jim, originally running the course on his... Continue Reading →

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