I grew up in the far western suburbs of Chicago and was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) in high school. I went on to play baseball collegiately for two years at Kishwaukee Junior College. I then transferred to the University of Illinois where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in sports management.
In addition to playing baseball in college, I spent four years working with the Chicago White Sox Training Academy and five years as a high school baseball coach. It was during those years that I realized how much I loved working with student-athletes and in particular the recruiting aspect of sports.
Coming out of high school my family and I knew nothing about the recruiting process and therefore I ended up with very few options in terms of playing baseball at the college level. I would have loved the opportunity to work with a company like NCSA in order to help guide me through the process. It is because of this that I relish the opportunity to help other student-athletes navigate the recruiting process and ultimately to help them reach their goals.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my two daughters. I have coached both of them in soccer and softball and look forward to seeing them progress as they get older. I also enjoy following my Chicago sports teams (White Sox, Bears, Bulls) and my Fighting Illini teams as well. As a hobby, I have also spent several years writing about these teams for various sports websites including Bleacher Report and FanSided.
As a former athlete and coach, I have a tremendous appreciation for what NCSA stands for. Being part of a company that provides student-athletes with a platform to achieve their goals of playing sports at the college level is a truly rewarding experience.