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Why We Help Athletes: Our Loyalty Manager Describes His Job in Sports

chris prokop talks about his job in sports

This is part of our spotlight series on our employees, which has included our scout manager’s dream of owning a racehorse and a recruiting coach talking about her family’s business making delicious, delicious pizza.

Our leaders also regularly contribute to our blog, like the time Chris talked about our philosophy of giving back or when Lisa described how proud she was to see her son’s first huddle. If you’re interested in a job in sports and in contributing to the team, check out the opportunities we have available.

This week, we catch up with Chris Prokop, our client engagement manager.

Have you always lived in Chicago?

Born: I’m a Chicagoland native – born in Hinsdale, IL, grew up in the southwest suburbs, and have lived in the city for the past 3 years.

What was your family life like, growing up?

My parents still live in the burbs. I have 2 younger brothers, Wes and Connor. Wes works as an engineer and Connor is an RN at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

What’s your background in sports?

I was a multi-sport athlete at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, IL.

What do you consider your greatest athletic achievement?

Picking up tennis and cross country my freshman year of high school and lettering all 4 years in both.

Who inspires you? Do you have a favorite athlete?

Michael Jordan. His work ethic was second to none and it’s a big part of why he’s the greatest to play the game – sorry Lebron…

MJ shares his birthday with someone awesome I know. *cough cough*

Speaking of knowing people: you’ve been at NCSA Athletic Recruiting for a while, haven’t you?

I heard about NCSA through a family member my senior year of college at Northern Illinois University, and I’ve held 6 positions at the company since my first day in 2010. I started as a recruiting coach intern, then as a PR/marketing intern.

I’ve since worked as customer loyalty coordinator, recruiting coach, ops marketing coordinator, and now as client engagement manager, overseeing our Ops Marketing Team. That’s a fancy way to say that I help our recruiting coaches check in with our clients and make sure they’re on their way to finding the right opportunity to play their sport in college.

Sounds like a lot of great experiences. What’s the first thing you can remember of working here?

The first thing I can recall in vivid detail is this time when everyone was away at a National Scout Meeting. I held down the fort with other recruiting coach interns. At least we didn’t burn the place down, right? That was followed by an “I’m on a boat” after-party out on Lake Michigan.

Woah, stressful. You must have felt near the end of your rope. Which leads to my last question: what would be your last meal on earth?

I’d shoot for a little bit of everything. Steak and potatoes for course 1, then chili and cinnamon rolls for course 2. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, chili and cinnamon rolls is a real thing.

Are you interested in helping athletes play their sport in college? We’re hiring.

About the author
Andy McKernan

Andy McKernan is the content strategist at NCSA Athletic Recruiting. A content marketer with a background in creative writing, Andy brings several years of experience to NCSA.