Choosing a college/university is a major life decision. The prime mission for CollegeSoccer.US is to connect prospective student-athletes with college coaches. However, every prospective student-athlete is unique! Founder and Director, Richard Möller, has his own unique story to tell coming from Germany, playing college soccer, playing professionally (Territorial pick for the A-League/MLS and the Number 2 overall pick for the MASL), attending two graduate schools (a PhD program at the University of Maryland and a Master of Science program at Smith College), coaching collegiately for almost two decades at schools such as Vassar, Hopkins and Dartmouth and advancing to the NCAA Tournament twelve times, advancing to the Final Four once and winning the Coach of the Year award six times: "Recruiting is a very intricate and overwhelming process for every prospect (and parents) no matter their level of play. Every former student-athlete I spoke to has their own unique story to tell. Listening to their stories I understand how critical our mission is. When a young prospective student-athlete comes to us and asks for guidance we fully understand the enormous responsibility we carry and the opportunity to impact his or her life for the better by how well we do our job!"
About the Founder
Richard Möller moved from Germany to the U.S.A. in 1995 to attend Towson University on a full athletic soccer scholarship. Richard was the first student-athlete in the soccer program to earn NSCAA Division I All-American honors as well as the first and only to earn NSCAA Scholar All-American honors graduating with a 4.0 and Latin honors. Richard was also the first in the program to earn the America East Conference Player of the Year award (holding the single-season scoring record to date), the first and only to win the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year award back to back and the first DI student-athlete in the state of Maryland to win the prestigious ECAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award (just to name a few honors).
Prior to coming to the the States Richard captained one of best youth clubs in Germany, 1.F.C. Kaiserslautern, to a National Championship. At the age of 16 Richard turned down a professional contract from Kaiserslautern (men's team played in the 1st Bundesliga at the time) in order to pursue his academic goals. He was also captain of the State & Regional Team (‘Südwestauswahl’) and member of the German Youth National Team for four years. Richard received his ‘Abitur’ from Albert-Einstein Gymnasium in Germany in 1994.
“To this day I remember my conversations with college coaches. Every single coach had their own style to convince me to attend their university and soccer program. It was indeed flattering but making my decision tricky at the same time. In all honesty, I would have loved to have someone with a distinct athletic and academic background, a former collegiate soccer player and/or former college coach guide me through this all-important and life-altering decision."