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Why Realistic Expectations Are the Most Important Part of Your College Recruiting

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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, golf recruiting expert Blaine Lynch, a former golfer at Carroll University, explains how keeping his expectations clear and realistic helped him find the right college golf opportunity.

We’ve been sharing some of our team members’ stories — and will continue to do so. Here are some of the most recent:


Setting realistic expectations helped Blaine succeed.

Blaine had a great high school year that culminated with him as the sole leader of a young squad.

“I was the only senior with a bunch freshmen and sophomores,” Blaine says. “It was tough, but it was a great leadership experience for me.”

But more importantly, Blaine was able to set his expectations realistically because of his good relationship with his swing coach in high school. So when he was looking for colleges where he could play, he thought carefully about what would be the right academic, athletic and social fit.

Because he understood his priorities, Blaine’s college golf experience was positive.

For Blaine, Division III golf was great because he was able to balance his academic and athletic life.

“If you had a big project, big test, you were behind, and you had to take a day off of practice, our coach was very flexible,” he says.

And it wasn’t just about the success his team had in their tournaments. “The thing that I get excited about is I can look back, and I can talk to my buddies from school, and I never would have had that relationship if I didn’t have college golf,” he says.

And when it comes to his number one piece of advice for high school golfers?

“We can’t wait for college coaches to reach out to us,” Blaine says. “Being proactive to as many schools as possible is my biggest advice.”

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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.