Mom & Dad, the Backseat Drivers

I’m 29 and I still consider my mom & dad “helicopter parents”. Pictured above is me with my parents 8 years ago, my Junior year at Richmond after winning A10 Championship. Would not have gotten recruited to Richmond without them though, that’s for sure! I wrote a letter to all mom and dads out there who are guiding (or over …

How To Impress The Decision-Makers

As an athlete looking to be recruited onto a college field hockey team, much of your correspondence throughout the recruiting process will be with the head or assistant coach. It is important to remember, however, that the admissions decision made for you as an applicant will happen within the walls of (as the name suggests…) the admissions office! Impressing the …

Pick the School. Not the Coach.

It happened to me. It happened to my sister. It happened to some of my high school teammates and friends. It could happen to you. You get recruited by, commit to and think you are playing for a specific coach along with their coaching staff. You create a relationship with that coach, you build trust with that coach. You have …

College Camps ???

QUESTION: Should my daughter go to a camp run by the coach of a school she may be interested in?

:::: No easy answers here – but hopefully I can give you some insight.

I’m Obsessed – Is The Coach?

Let’s face it – you pray to the Recruiting Gods every night that the coach of your dream school views you as a top recruit. (This is the biggest mystery of all time, after all.) You even have a little shrine in the corner of your room dedicated to this coach in hopes she will recruit you. When I was …

Show-off your best skills

In Holland (where I do most of my business) every team has a coach they call “trainers”. Their focus is on developing individual player skills.  They are there to make each individual player better. Because skill-sets are critical to the development of the individual, the team and the game. I the believe there are three components to a player’s development, ultimately helping them progress …

Plan Your Summer, Part II

Two false statements I often hear players state about their summers that I want to speak to: Q: “I don’t want to jam pack my summer with hockey because I don’t want to get burnt out!” A: You only get burnt out if you aren’t having a good time. If you only do showcases and college camps all summer you …

Winter & Spring, a Great Time to Visit Schools

My kids never went to even one college camp – and they both were recruited to play at Yale and University of Richmond.  I’m not knocking college camps and I’m not telling you not to attend a college camp.  But for me, it was more important that my kids developed their game – their skills.  Summer is the time to do …

After Festival – Now What?

Question: “We just returned from festival (which was amazing). A parent of a player on our club team who’s daughter will be playing for Georgetown, told me that my daughter should send out a thank you emails to all the schools she contacted before the festival, and to also include…

Be a Bold Salesman

A little something I learned in Business School, The Sales Cycle: Prospecting – Initiate Contact – Identify Needs – Present Offer – Manage Objections – Close the sale Don’t yawn just yet, this applies to you, I swear. How? Because during this recruiting process, you need to view yourself as a product. You also need to be the salesman selling your amazing product. Now, who are …