Our goal at YesWeCollege is to create a pathway for talented Italian Footballers to pursue academic and athletic excellence. The European soccer system doesn’t allow this, making it a special opportunity to study and play in the US. Our staff are former NCAA DI players and coaches, who are passionate about connecting talented student-athletes with premier American colleges and universities

The Leadership Team of YesWeCollege

Nico Baudo

Co-Founder and CEO

City College of New York - MBA 20'
Canisius College - BS 16'
Place of Birth: Genova, Italy
Current city: Brooklyn, NY

While in Italy, Nico played for 8 years for the Academy of UC Sampdoria. In his last year with Sampdoria he was part of the U-19 squad. Some of his teammates included Mauro Icardi, Simone Zaza, Luca Rizzo, Pedro Obiang just to name few. He moved to America in 2012 to play for Nyack College. In 2013 he was recruited by Canisius College in the NCAA D1 where he graduated with a double major in International Business and Marketing with a minor in Computer Science. In the spring semester of his senior year founded and launched YesWeCollege.

Francesca Scopesi

Co-Founder and Director of Operations

City College of New York - MS 20'
Università degli Studi di Genova - BS 15'
Place of Birth: Genova
Current City: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Mitch McKay

Director of Player Placement

Campbellsville University: MBA ‘14
Southern Wesleyan University: BS ‘09
Place of Birth: Owosso, Michigan
Current City: Austin, Texas

Mitch is the former Associate Head Coach at the University of Central Arkansas. During his time at UCA he led the Bears to their first ever MVC Championship and the 2017 NCAA DI National Tournament. He recruited the 2017 leading goal scorer in the country, Niklas Brodack (17) who was named MVC Player of the Year, MVC Tournament MVP, All-Region and All-Conference.

Prior to joining UCA, McKay spent three seasons at NAIA powerhouse Lindsey Wilson College. He led the Blue Raiders to back to back Final Four appearances in 2012&13. As well as a Sweet 16 appearance in 2014. During that span the Blue Raiders went on a 33-match win streak, second longest in NAIA history. They also won the MSC Championship in 2013 & 14, and the MSC Tournament in in 2012&14. He recruited and coached 9 All-Americans and 26 All-Conference players. Including two players selected in the MLS Draft.

McKay earned Michigan All-State 1st Team Honors, and then the Owosso native played collegiately at Southern Wesleyan University. Starting four years in net for the Warriors he served as team captain for three. He earned All-Region, All-Conference honors, as well as SWU Senior Male Athlete of the Year during his senior season.

After graduation he signed with the Southern California Seahorses in the USL PDL. He also played for the Derby City Rovers and most notably the Upwards Stars in the NPSL, where he led the first year franchise to a Southeast Conference Championship and the NPSL playoffs.

We are YesWeCollege

“YesWeCollege's service goes beyond placing a player to a US University - The leadership team assists each player before, during and after his/her experience as a student-athletes. Just to give an example, 15 yeswecollege players were hosted by Nico and Francesca in NYC to celebrate the Thanksgiving break.”

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