Tom Snikkers, College Coach Community Manager
I grew up in a small town just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I was raised in a large family of athletes. Both of my parents played sports in their academic careers, and all five of my siblings and I took after them—sharing a deep love for competition. In my youth, I played on various high school and local clubs teams, hoping to gain exposure to continue playing after I graduted. I was unaware of partnerships like NCSA, that would broaden my exposure; however, I don’t regret the path I took, attending Calvin College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sports management, while competing as a four-year starter on the men’s baskebtall team. I was a three-time First Team All-Conference performer, as well as All-Region First Team and All-American honors during my senior season. After college, I was privileged to play professional basketball for one season in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, where I received Dutch Rookie First Team honors.
After returning home from playing professionally overseas, I enrolled in Central Michigan University’s Masters of Sport Administration program to expand my knowledge of the sports world. While working on my master’s degree, I was introduced to NCSA through a friend who was working as a football head recruiting coach. After hearing about this company, I was hooked and applied the very next week, joining as a scout in August, 2015. After working for about a year within the scouting force, I was offered the opportunity to join the College Coach Relations Team. I’ve been in the role of coach relations manager since September 2016, and I am incredibly passionate about what we do. I enjoy creating connections between recruits and college coaches across the country to help student-athletes better themselves and their lives through sports.
Outside of work, I love to spend time with my wife, Megan, exploring the city, trying new foods or just hanging at home with a good movie. I also love playing in recreational sports leagues, hanging out with my friends and supporting my all time favorite team, Michigan. Go Blue!