Lisa Strasman

Yale University

My recruiting story began at age 10 when a USA Hockey magazine arrived at my doorstep. I opened the issue only to find an article about the rise of women’s collegiate hockey. I was devastated. This was literally the first time it hit me that I would not spend the rest of my life competing with boys. Given this new information and a long talk with my parents, I re-set my goals and my recruiting dreams began.


I understood the importance academics would play in my future and worked hard in the classroom. Outside of school I devoted myself to the sport I loved, playing on multiple teams, coaching, and working towards my goal of playing college hockey. Fortunately, I evolved into a player who was talented enough to have options, but the recruiting process was overwhelming.


I sent letters to all the top women’s hockey programs, and attended camps, showcases and tournaments. Next thing I knew, the mailbox filled up and the phone started to ring. I received interest and official visit invitations from top programs and top academic institutions, and had no idea how to interpret the feedback I was receiving. While I worked hard in school, I was not at the top of my class and my high school guidance counselor told me to ignore the Ivy League coaches because I would never get in. Thankfully I did not listen.


After a long and stressful process I had multiple world class options and chose to attend Yale University. I played for four years, was captain of my team, and made lifelong memories and friends.


Hockey has not only enhanced my life, it has defined it. After Yale I played professionally in Switzerland before returning to my hometown of Chicago to begin my true professional career. My degree and athletic experience got me started with NCSA but it is the intangible lessons and skills learned from competition and adversity that empowered me to rapidly advance to my current role. It’s an honor to serve in a position where I help empower future generations of student-athletes to chase and achieve their dreams.