My life’s work has focused around college athletics. I was a four-year college soccer player, graduating from Loyola University -Chicago with a degree in environmental studies. Upon graduation, I jumped right in to coaching, assisting the men’s and women’s soccer teams, as well as assisting the men’s basketball team at Maryville University in St. Louis. Ultimately, I was head coach for the men’s soccer team and helped transition a program from NCAA Division III to Division II. These experiences have given me a great understanding of college athletics and what it takes to compete at the collegiate level.
Now assisting families on the other side of recruiting, I’ve enjoyed coaching student-athletes on how to maximize their opportunities for a bright future. Recruiting should be a fun, enjoyable, worthwhile endeavor. I have seen firsthand the impact NCSA has on families lives and love it when an athlete tackles the recruiting process with confidence and passion. Recruiting is not an easy journey, however; many times, this is the result of simply not knowing how to get started.
A family I always think about involves a senior swimmer who was coached by my wife. She was not an outstanding athlete, but worked hard every day and is a coach’s dream. She hesitated to get started in recruiting because she wasn’t sure she was good enough to compete. After enrolling with NCSA, she found North Central College, where she just completed her first triathlon season as the second best Division III competitor at the national championships. North Central captured the Division III national championship, and finished seventh overall. This athlete began thinking she was not good enough and found a school where she could be a champion.
Once an athlete understands this process, confidence builds and dreams start to become reality. There is no doubt a place for every athlete if they are willing to put in the work to get recruited. Whether it’s coaching or mentoring, helping others will always be the common denominator in my life.