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Getting To Know… Jesse Churchward, Head Recruiting Coach

This is part of our spotlight series on team members in NCSA Athletic Recruiting. If you’re interested in joining the team, check out our career page for some of our great openings.

Those of you who’ve had the chance to speak with Coach Churchward or who have attended one of his virtual Recruiting Classes know he’s a passionate, fun, and energetic guy. You also know he knows a lot about recruiting. Most importantly, however, is his gift for working with student-athletes and helping families get through the recruiting process – he’s an incredible guy to have in your corner. We sat down with Jesse to get the inside scoop on how he came by his recruiting coach skills.

Where were you born?

Ann Arbor, MI

What was your family like growing up?

I’m the middle of 3 boys. Michael’s my older brother, and Drew – my younger. I am the black sheep of the family, being a lacrosse player. Both of my brothers played college baseball.

We are very close in age and relation; we are all separated by 5 years which made for some major competition around the house.

What kind of high school sports did you play?

I went to Ann Arbor Pioneer, literally across the street from The Big House. I played football, hockey and lacrosse at Pioneer.

Who is your favorite athlete?

Barry Sanders. And Steve Yzerman.

What do you consider your greatest athletic achievement?

Being named a captain by my teammates at every level I played.

Tell us a little-known fact about you.

I was a PE teacher in Central London for 13 months right after I graduated college. I coached a U 15 team, bartended, and had the great opportunity to visit Wales, Scotland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Greece & the Greek Islands.

What would be your last meal on Earth?

Oh, definitely Mom’s Hamburger Pie – it’s like a homemade shepherd’s pie.

Tell us about your career at NCSA Athletic Recruiting.

I started off as a football and lacrosse head recruiting coach. I have worked with men’s and women’s ice hockey as well, but now I am just focusing on lacrosse. I like to enjoy my time at work and enjoy the people I work with. Being part of the social committee, setting up talent shows, and you might hear me on the microphone at the dance competition…I try to have a hand in all the fun being had around here.

What’s your earliest memory of NCSA?

The first week I was hired, Chris Krause took all the HRC’s to Gibson’s for a steak dinner. Good timing!

About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.