Men's Soccer Recruit Information

Players choose UC Santa Cruz over a variety of Division I, 2 and 3 programs for many reasons. From the world-class academic opportunities of the University of California, to our amazing campus, UC Santa Cruz is an amazing place to go to school, but more than anything players come to UC Santa Cruz to be a part of something special. We are a Division III soccer program that does not let itself be limited by that label. We aim for a level of excellence that transcends divisions, as we seek our maximum potential both on and off the field.

The Recruiting Process

Our team is formed through recruiting rather than open tryouts at the beginning of the season. For prospective Slugs it is important that you understand the recruiting process. We spend the Spring and Summer of a prospective player's Junior year, and the fall of their Senior year narrowing our recruiting list to our top 20-30 players. During the winter and spring of a players Senior year we will spend as much time as possible getting to know our top players as players and as young men. We typically finish our recruiting class by mid-March of a prospective player's Senior year. For prospective Slugs we suggest the following:

1. Contact us: Contact Head Coach Michael Runeare via email

2. Fill out recuit form:  MEN'S SOCCER RECRUIT FORM

3. Come to our camps: This is a great opportunity for you to showcase your abilities while getting an inside view of our coaching style and expectations.  Click here for camp information.

4. Make a visit to our campus: Come and visit one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world! To reserve a spot on our campus tour contact Head Coach Michael Runeare via email ( to schedule time to meet while you are here.

5. Send us a video: Due to the number of players that contact us every year, we are physically unable to make it out to see everyone play. Especially if you are unable to attend our camps, please put together a short (5-10 min) highlight video that showcases every part of your game  (even your weaknesses) and send it to:

Michael Runeare 
Intercollegiate Athletics - East Field House 
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

6. Plan to see us play: While it is hard to meet with recruits on game days, it is extremely valuable for you to get a clear picture of our level of play, our style of play, and the atmosphere surrounding a college soccer game at UC Santa Cruz. Visit our main page for our schedule.