Is there a downside or upside to using a search firm for women's soccer hires? The upside would be if you have an administration that doesn't know anything about women's soccer (and that has to be a quite a few out there) then you can hire a search firm that would be more in the know to form a candidate pool. That's a good way to handle that if in theory the search firm knows what they're doing. Pay some $ for a firm to help with the search. On the other hand, is there a downside? Does the search firm truly have a good feel on this, and is there an advantage for using and paying for a firm? SuperSoccer said NAU is using a firm, which is Athletics Staffing and Consulting. Richmond is also using a firm, different one than NAU. Wonder if it helps anymore rather than an athletic administration directly doing the work on their own and their networks to make a good candidate pool and eventual smart final decision.