What are misconceptions you have seen families to have regarding recruiting?
That is what I ask Greg Postweiler, Assistant Athletic Director at Tinley Park High School near Chicago. Greg brought in NCSA Athletic Recruiting Network recruiting education so that parents and athletes could learn more about recruiting at the start of this school year. Greg spoke for 30 minutes on the eligibility center, the NCAA guide for the college bound student-athlete, and more, and then I spoke on the things you need to know and must do to have the most success in finding the right fit and scholarships at the next level.
Before the program, I asked Greg to share where families sometimes struggle in recruiting.
“The role of the high school or club/travel coach is confusing to them sometimes,” Greg told me. “The parents need to educate themselves on recruiting. The coaches can help. Another thing is parents don’t understand that many scholarships are pieced together. There are different kinds of financial aid and academic scholarships to go with athletic scholarships. I think they need to know more about the benefits of D2, D3, NAIA and Junior College.”
Besides being Assistant Athletic Director, Greg is also tennis coach at Tinley Park High. He has players capable of playing their sport in college but worries sometimes that if they can’t go D1 then they don’t realize how competitive it is at other levels. A school like Tinley Park is representative of so many high schools out there. They have about 1400 students with most athletes playing at a level other than D1 in college. As best he could remember, in the five years he has been there the school has produced 3 or 4 D1 athletes. “We have had one play softball at the University of Illinois,” he said. “One went to DePaul for softball and one to Western Michigan University for wrestling.”
Greg then talked about three were playing football at Valparaiso University, which is FCS in football (what used to be 1-AA). He named three playing football at Illinois Wesleyan, two playing basketball at Roosevelt University, and one playing at St. Xavier. The point is that there are many opportunities out there.
I talked with Greg about the growing trend of athletes specializing in a sport. “We have a conversation with our coaches all the time about sharing athletes,” said Greg. “We do have a lot of 3 sport athletes who usually will drop the lesser sport by 11th or 12th grade, especially if it’s where they can have a fall and spring sport from that point on. Our coaches do work together to share athletes. For example, in the winter football may have their lifting and workouts after school and the baseball coach will schedule workouts in the evening.”
I took this picture about ten minutes before the recruiting education program. Many more people came during the program leading Greg to have more recruiting materials printed. It was great to see Tinley Park High athletics having this event. The parents left with so much knowledge. Every school in America should have this at least once a year. Tinley Park is looking to have another one in December with former University of Wisconsin and Philadelphia Eagle Cecil Martin, a NCSA educational speaker, coming in to inspire and educate.
Here is an example of an upcoming program in California:
CHICO — Julian Jenkins, a former Stanford University football player and NFL veteran with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos, will present “College Recruiting Simplified” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Valhalla Room at Pleasant Valley High School.
Jenkins will guide parents and students through the importance of having academic and athletic goals, setting realistic expectations and seeking playing opportunities at all college levels. Student-athletes of all sports and grade levels interested in playing college sports are encouraged to attend with their parents.
To set up a recruiting education program, contact Anne Garrity at NCSA at Office: 312.999.6143 or email@example.com
Charlie Adams was a sports anchor for 23 years, where he saw many families struggle with the recruiting process because of a lack of education on the subject. His son Jack was a college cross country and track athlete while his 17 year old daughter Abby is currently going through the recruiting process as a swimmer. Charlie is a supporter of NCSA’s message of Athleadership and often speaks on the recruiting process. Since 2005 he has been an internationally known motivational speaker with his keynotes and seminars often being based on sports-related themes. He has written four books on peak performance and the power of attitude. For more information on his programs go to StokeThe FireWithin.com