Colorado College Profile
A Different Animal
The Tigers are an unusual animal; a women’s soccer team representing a liberal arts college with stellar academics, an undergraduate population of around 2,000, a beautiful soccer stadium with mountains as the backdrop, and a bevy of DIII sports teams. Sounds like a typical New England small liberal arts college. But they aren’t in New England nor DIII, they are in beautiful Colorado Springs and they compete as a NCAA Division I team in Conference USA.
Coach Geoff Bennett took the helm of Colorado College women’s soccer in 2004, and at the start of the 2016 season had compiled a record of 125-65-32. A collegiate native of the Northeast, he played at Hartwick College and got his start there as an assistant men’s coach. That led to successful head coaching stints at St. Bonaventure University and the University of Rhode Island before heading to the Rockies.
The secret to Coach Bennett’s success is really no secret to any successful coach. “I expect and will demand that we are ready to compete at every given moment, whether in training or in any game situation,” he said. “We’ll do whatever it takes.” Couple that drive with the ability to motivate, and success follows. “Geoff is a great coach, and he has earned the respect of our whole team. He genuinely cares about everyone involved in our program and invests all of his energy in our success”, said Senior Captain Kecia Morway.
The Tiger's roster illustrates the appeal and draw of the school and soccer program. The players hail from 11 different states or countries. This geographical diversity is consistent with the overall student body, which has students from 48 states and 50 countries.
About Colorado College
Colorado College (also known as CC) is a private liberal arts college in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The college sits on a 90-acre urban campus. CC is one of the few colleges in the nation to operate on the Block Plan, which divides the academic year into eight blocks and allows students to take one class at a time for 3 ½ weeks. This allows for complete immersion into the subject during the block. CC offers 42 majors, with the most popular being economics and biology.
CC’s admissions are competitive; its SAT 25th-75th percentile range is 1880-2013, and 76% of the students finish in the top 10% of their high school class. CC accepts around 18% of those who apply.