Academic Guidance

Hello SUSA Members,

I am very excited to share with you that your SUSA membership will include College Planning and Recruitment services. Our goal at SUSA will be to assist players and families with both the recruitment and college application process.   I understand that the process is not only confusing but ever changing.  To assist you in this endeavor, we are offering a number of grade-level appropriate workshops as one on consultant session in hopes of making the college and recruiting process less daunting. 

I am looking forward to working with players and families on the recruitment and college application process.  My experience in coaching and education span over 23 years.  I hold a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Accountability and a Masters in Special Education. Over the course of my career, I have served as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Director of Special Education, High School Principal, and currently as Assistant Superintendent.  I have also had the opportunity to coach at all levels.  My background includes coaching college level at St. John’s University, several premier teams, ODP, Long Island Select, and high school.  This experience has enabled me to work with players, parents, and college coaches to find the perfect fit.  

I am also pleased to share that my wife, Kim Hearney, has joined the SUSA team.  Her extensive college and high school experience include her current position as the Director of College Counseling at St. Anthony’s High School.  She holds a Masters of Science in College Student Development and is a NYS certified Guidance Counselor.  She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Communication and English.  She is also an Admissions Counselor, Academic Advisor, and Adjunct Faculty at Suffolk County Community College.  In addition to her private college consulting practice, Kim also serves on multiple university admissions advisory boards.

The SUSA College Counseling and Recruitment Program was created to help each student athlete maneuver through the college process and reach their ultimate goal of playing college soccer. While soccer plays a major role in our players lives, it is not the only thing. Our goal is to help our student athletes find both the best academic and athletic fit.

Academics play a huge role in each of our players lives and overall profile. We will help our players select the courses that will position them the best for when it is time to apply to college. We will assist our players in the areas of the college search, college communication, financial aid, academic fit and support, athletic ability and much more.

We hope you find this information useful and we are always here to assist you with any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact Kim at or me at


Tim Hearney