Message from Coach Sweidel to Prospective Student-athletes

Prospective student-athlete:

My name is Bill Sweidel and I am the men’s soccer coach at Springfield Technical Community College. I am very much interested in having you come to STCC to play on the men’s soccer team. I have been at STCC for two years and I am in the process of building a competitive program.

So why choose STCC?

  • You will have the opportunity to play on a competitive college soccer team and contribute to its success. You will have the opportunity to develop as a player as you will train at a higher level and compete at a higher
  • It is a great opportunity to get a great education at a reasonable cost. As it stands right now full time students pay between $ 2500‐3000 a semester and with financial aid the cost is significantly less. A student at STCC will save on average $15,000 to
  • $25,000 per year versus a Massachusetts State College or University, with that savings increasing by another $5,000 to $15,000 versus a Private College or University.
  • You can transfer your credits to a four year program. A lot of students are general studies majors and they take their credits that they earn at STCC and transfer them over to a four year program. So you can go to STCC for two years, save money and get a great education, and then transfer to a four year
  • There are many career opportunity majors such as nursing, criminal justice, and automotive
  • Players are recruited to go and play at four year programs. If that is an interest of yours I will help with this process.

In writing this letter I thought that you should hear directly from some former players. I have included their thoughts about attending STCC below.

I hope to meet you in person and answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to contact me on my cell at 413 330 5834 or you can send me an email at

All the best,

Coach Sweidel

Player Testimonials

“I spent my first two years of college at STCC and I am extremely grateful that I decided to do so. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering and will be starting at UMASS Amherst this coming fall. One of the many things that made STCC great for me was its affordability. Transferring into a four year college debt free is an amazing feeling. While being here it was great to be able to go to school and also work as well to save some money up. Also STCC has good relationships with surrounding schools so the transfer process is very easy.

Before coming to STCC I graduated from West Springfield High School and played soccer there all four years as well as playing competitive soccer since I was younger. My first year at STCC I almost didn't play soccer but luckily I decided to join. I met so many great people through this program playing these last two years. I made a lot of close friends that continue to be part of my life.

I can confidently say that playing soccer at STCC enhanced my experience a lot. I also missed playing high school sports so being able to play competitive soccer everyday was a dream come true. Both on and off the field I am always looking to better myself in any way I can and Coach Sweidel definitely pushed me to do just that. Our team both individually and as a unit improved a great deal and anyone who will be playing for him in the future will learn a lot about the game. I couldn’t have had a better experience at STCC and if I could do it all over again I wouldn't change a thing about it. Hopefully you'll enjoy it here as much as I did if you decide to choose STCC.”

Mike Robare – West Springfield High School

“STCC provides a great opportunity for someone to figure out what they would like to pursue for a career with the help of great teachers, a great atmosphere on campus, and some of the best resources to help you get going. STCC was a great choice for me and a cost efficient way to find myself a career. I’m currently majoring in Liberal Arts, focusing on business classes and the possibility of an accounting career and will most likely be transferring to Westfield state. I love it here.”

Nick Jayko – Chicopee Comp