Derek Bartsch, Recruiting Coordinator
I was eager to join NCSA because I wanted to help to make an impact on student-athletes’ lives. Anyone who has been through the recruiting process knows how stressful and overwhelming it can be. NCSA gives us the tools to make this process easier and less confusing for both the athlete and their family. As a college athlete, I wasn’t aware of these services, and I tried to navigate that process on my own. As a result, I feel that I missed out on a lot of opportunities simply because I wasn’t aware of them and didn’t know what to do.
In high school, I was a three-year varsity letterman for baseball and a four-year letterman for hockey with many select and travel teams along the way. I was fortunate to be able to play hockey at Missouri State University and honored to serve as the team’s captain during my last two years. While captain I took my team to nationals for the first time in the team’s history. At MSU, I made so many friendships and memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. Being a college athlete is a privilege, and it’s not something that everyone can say they’ve done. Some of the most valuable life lessons I’ve learned have come through being a college athlete. However, I still wonder what opportunities I missed. I don’t want other student-athletes to have these same concerns, and that’s why I am such a strong believer in what NCSA has to offer.