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Becoming The Star: Control Your Own Recruiting Story

senior student-athletes laugh with each other during their recruiting journey

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My father, Bob Chmiel, is a veteran NCSA speaker and former college coach and recruiting coordinator. When I think about all that should embody a student-athlete – or athleader – I often find myself back at my Dad’s words, his actions, and the lessons he’s taught my sisters and me throughout the years.

I write about him a lot, and while today the focus here isn’t on my Dad, a piece of his advice came to mind when walking through the NCSA office and listening to our coaches and scouts discuss with student-athletes and families the importance and process of finding the right school for them – the right fit.

While we can’t all pick a school simply because our favorite college movie was filmed there, similar to Rudy, the “cutters” of Breaking Away, and Coach Bell in Blue Chips – you have to become the star of your own sports story. It’s not your high school coaches’ job to find you a scholarship; it’s not your parents’ job to find you the perfect opportunity. At the end of the day, you control your own recruiting. It’s on you, and how badly you want it.

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Are you going to need help? Of course you are. And if you’re lucky enough to have a supporting parent or coach, maybe an older brother or sister who have been through it before, or a coach here at NCSA Athletic Recruiting to turn to throughout your journey, then you’re already ahead of the game. But what will move you from ahead of the game to on top? Taking the reigns and writing the script for your own future. Control your own recruiting story.

You have everything it takes to be the star of your own life. You are old enough, strong enough, and determined enough to make things happen for yourself. To submit the necessary paperwork ahead of time. To have your NCSA Athletic Recruiting profile filled out and polished up. To call or write any and every program you’ve thought twice about. To find out what matters to you in a school, and to ask the right questions.

Is it scary to take responsibility for your destiny? Hell yes. Is it worth it? More than you could ever imagine. It’s not up to anyone but you.

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.