Everyone who works at NCSA Athletic Recruiting believes in the transformative power of sport. With more than 450 former college athletes and coaches on staff, we’ve lived it. Here, head tennis recruiting coach Brandon Videtich shares how he came to be a Division I tennis player.
If you’re interested in watching more videos about former college athletes on the NCSA team, you can start here with baseball recruiting expert Davide Harris or with softball recruiting expert Jaimie Duffek.
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High school tennis doesn’t have to be a year-round commitment.
“You know I always had this big dream of going to Nebraska to play tennis,” Brandon says, “but throughout high school I still played basketball and soccer, too, and had a really big emphasis in those sports.”
But being a multi-sport athlete wasn’t a detriment for him. “I wasn’t one of those traditional kids who makes tennis their only sport and plays it year round,” he says. “Tennis was just a sport where I had a lot of success in high school and thought I could take it to the next level in college.”
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Brandon has the distinction of personally using NCSA Athletic Recruiting’s scouts and digital platform as a high school tennis player — and now gives back to student-athletes who are in the position he was in.
(If you’re interested in hearing Brandon’s expert knowledge face-to-face, he regularly teaches our digital recruiting education classes and webinars.)
“NCSA couldn’t have been more than four or five years old when I joined the network,” Brandon says. “If I didn’t have NCSA… I had the great connection with Nebraska and that’s where I ended up going, but without understanding still how to go through the recruiting process, how to connect and communicate with my coach effectively, I definitely don’t think I’d be at Nebraska without NCSA.”
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Even Division I college tennis players should focus on academics.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing.
After some setbacks through injuries, Brandon – unable to play and feeling depressed – found himself struggling on his academics. The injuries “did a lot of things, mentally, for me,” Brandon says. “I had a little bit of trouble in class; grades slipped a little bit. I had conversations multiple times as to whether it was something I wanted to do.”
“But not too many kids got this opportunity, and if I stepped away from this it’d be something I regretted for the rest of my life,” Brandon says.
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“One of my bigger accomplishments, aside from the things I did on the court, is in the classroom,” Brandon says. “That type of stuff was really important to me. You know, having those types of banquets where they bring the athletes who are getting good grades and you have that recognition.”
“I can’t put into words how great of an accomplishment it was to get through the adversities I had,” he says. Check out this college tennis recruiting expert’s video below.
Are you still working to play your sport at the next level? College tennis experts like Brandon — and team members with experience in every other sport — can help. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.