What Field Hockey Families Have to Say About NCSA
Plenty of student-athletes have found success in field hockey at the college level thanks to some guidance from NCSA. But don’t just take our word for it. Read what these field hockey success stories have to say about working with the recruiting experts at NCSA. The recruiting process is difficult but we’re here to make it a little bit easier.
Parent of 2012 South Africa Commit to James Madison University
"We need to congratulate you and thank you for all NCSA has done for [our daughter]. Colin Kelehan was the first person to contact us after we signed in at NCSA and then [our daughter] had the interview with Tony Calabrese. Tony was always so helpful with our questions and his prompt answers via email soon made us realize that we had joined an organization that were committed to finding a college for her. NCSA thank you so much for your dedication and hard work. What professionalism - From profile to sending universities information and reminding [our daughter] to do her bit to keep committed. In just 3 short months so many universities contacted her with a lot of positive feedback. She has accepted a scholarship to James Madison University. It is the Centenniel Scholarship and she will be fortunate enough to be studying Occupational Therapy while pursuing her love for hockey. This scholarship would never have come through if it was not for NCSA. From the bottom of our hearts, a big thank you to all the management team at NCSA for making this possible. Due to your commitment we have already been spreading the word around about NCSA."
2013 New Jersey Commit to Sacred Heart University
"Firstly, I want to say thank you for all your support during the recruiting process. Making a final decision was a long process, but I felt that you were there for me every step along the way. It was so easy to talk to you and I’m grateful for your honest opinions. Now that the dust has settled I’m starting to realize that my dream of playing field hockey at a Division 1 school will come true! Although I had my initial contact with Sacred Heart early last year, I feel that registering with NCSA gave me more credibility as a serious athlete. The profile page gave college coaches information about me in a clear, concise way and allowed them to see what a great fit I would be on their roster. Although I started with NCSA a little later than most student athletes, it just proves that “it’s never too late” to get noticed. I had 3 offers to consider by July 15th and I am excited to know that I will be playing for Sacred Heart next year. It was always in my “top 5” schools and I am confident in my decision. NCSA has all the tools I needed to communicate with college coaches and I feel I was more confident in my discussions with them. Sacred Heart is a competitive field hockey program and they are recruiting 9 players in my class. The fact that I received over half the tuition is amazing. When Jack came to St. John Vianney to speak about NCSA, he threw me under the bus! In front of 200 people, he said to me “Nicole, I have a great college that has your major, a D2 field hockey team and they will give you a full ride. The school is in Iowa. Will you go?” Without hesitation, I said “Umm, no”. He turned to my parents and said “Save your money. Nicole doesn’t really want to play field hockey in college.” WAKEUP CALL! The point he made to me (that I understood later) was that I would NEVER have considered a school in Iowa, or anywhere else that was “outside the bubble” of New Jersey. The school does pick the athletes and not the other way around. I know I will have several more official visit offers come September and I’m so happy to tell them all that I’ve committed to Sacred Heart! NCSA sent my profile to so many schools that if I had waited any longer to make a decision, it just would have been too many schools to choose from all divisions!"
Dayna Barlow, 2014 Field Hockey Player From South Africa
"I think the help and assistance that I have been given is invaluable. The links to the colleges and the follow ups really help me as an international athlete."
2013 Pennsylvania Commit to Washington & Jefferson College
"I am so grateful for the NCSA for helping me every step of the way,. Always answering my phone call and or emails. Giving support not only to me but to my family as well. I always thought D1 or D2 would be my thing then after looking and talking with students athletes/ coaches I decided I wanted a smaller school D3 / private school vs state school. Kelly... my recruiter for NCSA was there to answer all my questions regarding what to ask what schools may be a right fit for me and was always there for me emotionally. I started visiting colleges and made sure they all knew about my prior IEP. Colleges were ok with that. I was not judged for once.....I was asked by several team to attend their camps and to consider a early read or ED. I liked a lot of the colleges, liked the staff and coaches but it was not until I walked away from W&J that I felt like I was someone, someone who is worthy of a team that would embrace me, a coach that would not use my IEP as a tool to punish me. I took my SATs and I did well, I really did! I applied to W&J and was offered a verbal commitment. FINALY, all that I worked for had paid off. All the struggles no longer matter I am going to college and a great one at that . I am part of something bigger than I ever thought possible. The most important thing is to, NEVER QUIT and NEVER GIVE UP!!!!! Stay strong is what I would tell students.... taking each knock down as a learning experience. Know that SOMEONE somewhere will see you for what and who you are. You will be appreciated and accepted.... just give it time!!! My prayers have been answered. As for this season at high school I dont know if I will ever see the field but I will show up and try my hardest. To the all the parents, always be the biggest fan of your athlete, support what they aspire to do in life. Keep your faith and always believe. As for me, I will keep telling myself don't quit never quit ...work hard and someone will see what you are capable of ..... Those who will stand by you no matter what. God, My family and my new W&J family are those people."
Ashley Kerekgyarto, 2014 Field Hockey Player From New Jersey
"It's extremely helpful, the people who work there are very friendly, and it is an overall well organized and easy to use website."
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