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Old 06-19-2012
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Interesting comments from many different people. I find it very interesting to understand the issues here:

1. Poor Coaching - tactically very suspect.
2. Poor ethics - consistent mention of harassing behavior by all coaches involved. Tearing young women down, robbing them of any confidence they may have entered the school with.
3. Mention of recruiting violations - 8 or 12 incoming Freshman coming from one PDA team formerly coached by the Asst. coaches. Meetings with kids and parents at venues that are clear violations of NCAA recruiting rules.

It is a shame that the Athletic department has done nothing to address this issue. Instead the AD focuses his attention only one one goal: becoming the head of the big east. These coaches have done everything to justify severance yet the AD and the school have sat on their hands --what a shame.

TO ALL PROSPECTIVE STUDENT/ATHLETES INTERESTED IN PLAYING WOMENS SOCCER AT RUTGERS ---DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!THE CURRENT COACHING STAFF WILL RUIN YOU.
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The messages are all true. What is amazing to me is that these coaches have gotten away with this for so long. They are not only poor professionals but more importantly poor people. They don't care about a players development they just want to win no mateer what the cost.

Glenn Crooks is a person who never played the game at any real level yet he continues to coach at Rutgers. He became a coach in the women's game because no one would have him.

Mike Oneill is a soccer guy. Very knowledgable but presents a serious conflict of interest coaching and recruiting at PDA. The rumors of serious recruiting violations are buzzing around the college and club levels.

It is a shame that these coaches are allowed to continue coaching in the college ranks. It is clear they are poor people who are vindictive in nature. Their treatment of the Rutgers women's team is inexcusable. They rip every shrewd of confidence away from the girls and promote soccer before school. They have gone on record with the girls on several ocassions saying that if you wanted a real education you wouldn't have selected Rutgers. Just what you want the girls to hear.

The word dysfunction is perfect for this program. A head coach who isn't qualified to coach AYSO and an asst coach who breaks every recruiting rule possible. Good luck if u pick Rutgers.
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wow it is amazing that so many people dislike this program. where there is smoke there is fire.
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My opinion-and it is not personal-is that the Rutgers team suffers from both poor play and poor coaching. Lack of finishing has been a problem for Rutgers for years. Is it the players that the coach is recruiting or is it the system and style of play the coaches have implemented. To me I think it is a bit of both. The 4-3-3 system with 3 central midfielders was a poor choice. Given the fact that the team could not score (even breakaways), then possibly moving to a 4-4-2 and holding possession would have been a better choice. On the recruiting side, Rutgers continues to recruit kids who have no scoring touch. Scoring is 50% preparation and 50% inbred talent. They fail to prepare and they fail to recruit finishers. What was most sticking to me watching Rutgers play was their complete lack of technical abilities. The don't strike balls well, they don't move off the ball, they don't defend and space properly and lastly the lack the basic soccer fundamentals to truly compete with the bigger programs. What a shame, Rutgers is located in one of the hottest girls soccer areas in the country, yet the current coaching staff fails to recruit the best players because of the coaches reputation. My daughter graduated 2011 and from all prior graduates and current graduates, the concensus is they would never have chosen Rutgers, not because the school because institution is super; it's just too painful to be on this team if you genuinely love soccer. Several of the players have commented privately their personal battles with depression from what they feel is an unnecessary emotional and mental beating, and the major lack of trust the coaches seem to foment among them. The school is otherwise a fantastic school and the rest of the athletics are awesome; it's just this silly Women's Soccer Program that falls too short of acceptable. The players feel harrassed and attacked even behind their backs. What goes on is unprofessional and seems unethical. A coaching change needs to be made if Rutgers wants to get back on track. Nothing personal, of course. This is an opinion and should be seen only as such. Your daughter's opinion may turn out to be a different one, hopefully--the sooner the department makes up its mind to turn this program around.
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Crooks never played and it shows in his coaching. Players dislike him personally and professionally
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It is sad, but across the board for years it seems everyone echoes in the remarks that have been posted here. The majority of those of us remaining on this team, still have 2-3 years to agonize with this coach (unless the promises made (when we all complained) that the coaching contracts would not be renewed February 2013 is actually realized). We sit amongst ourselves and cry. It is too late to transfer without giving up on our dream to play and also, for many of us on scholarship, it would impose a financial hardship. Some of our upperclassmen have foregone additional eligibility to play and some have quit, and our best upperclassmen are gone. Virtually all of our most talented upperclasswomen are gone, except one who is treated as a 5th string member by the coaches although she is one of our very best in all respects. She is abused because she is not afraid of them. We just found out we have to read Pat Lencioni's "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable," which many of us already read in the past, but it is sacrilegious coming from this coach and his staff. They are the shining examples of each of the dysfunctions: (1) absence of trust (he could not trust us to be accountable for ourselves-he thinks women are weak, but gets rid of the stronger ones, so he can perpetuate his belief), (2) fear of conflict (he sends moles out amongst us to gather information, instead of facing us and giving us a chance to discuss our views), (3) lack of commitment (he treats us as disposable razor blades, forgetting the commitment he made to us when he recruited us), (4)avoidance of accountablility (it's always our own fault; he never accepts his part or his staff's part for anything), (5) inattention to results (he clearly does not see how his formula has and will continue to fail over and over again--insanity is doing the same thing over and over again the same way and expecting different results...if that's not ignoring results then what is?). We hope that our AD, who says he really cares and we hear will have them on a very tight leash from here to February '13, will act prompter than we thought last November because this is unbearable and we feel so sad and guilty to not be able to do anything to help all those he has damaged, including ourselves and our own self-respect.
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Interesting comments from many different people. I find it very interesting to understand the issues here:

1. Poor Coaching - tactically very suspect.
2. Poor ethics - consistent mention of harassing behavior by all coaches involved. Tearing young women down, robbing them of any confidence they may have entered the school with.
3. Mention of recruiting violations - 8 or 12 incoming Freshman coming from one PDA team formerly coached by the Asst. coaches. Meetings with kids and parents at venues that are clear violations of NCAA recruiting rules.

It is a shame that the Athletic department has done nothing to address this issue. Instead the AD focuses his attention only one one goal: becoming the head of the big east. These coaches have done everything to justify severance yet the AD and the school have sat on their hands --what a shame.

TO ALL PROSPECTIVE STUDENT/ATHLETES INTERESTED IN PLAYING WOMENS SOCCER AT RUTGERS ---DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!THE CURRENT COACHING STAFF WILL RUIN YOU.
Here is a better warning. SELECT A COLLEGE BASED UPON EDUCATION AND NOT SOCCER!!!!
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4 of 10 incoming freshman from PDA. If your going to mae statements let's get fact straight .
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Get off your duffs parents , stop complaining, and start fighting as hard for your girls as they are playing for their team! If the AD doesn't do something, go to the next higher up, and don't let them sweet talk you. My heart aches for those freshman who are so confident this year because of all their time playing, knowing that next year they will be sitting on the bench just like all their upper classmen friends are doing this year. It is a pattern!!! Something here doesn't pass the smell test! The sad part of all this is that the girls are all excellent players. Fight parents, fight!!!
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[QUOTE=Unregistered;821648]4 of 10 incoming freshman from PDA. If your going to mae statements let's get fact straight .

Anyone who doesn't connect the lines between PDA and the Rutgers coaches and their camps has his head in the sand. MONEY!! Any parent out there even thinking about sending their daughter there, DON'T!!! It might sound great saying that you are going to play for Rutgers, but most of those girls have not even played a minute this season. Somebody should contact the NCAA about the coaches verbal abuse to the girls!
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