College Athletic Recruiting // Case Histories

These case histories are representative summaries of the work EducationFirst! has done for families and students. Student names and schools have been changed to protect privacy.

Ryan - Men's College Hockey

Ryan is 18 and a big kid. He is 6'2" and 195 pounds. As a sophomore he was a starting defenseman on his high school team that won the state championship. His club team made it to the semi-finals of the nationals. Ryan's grades are Bs and Cs and his SATs are at 1020. Ryan wants to play Division One college hockey. It is September and Ryan is starting his Junior year in high school.

EducationFirst! (EF) evaluated Ryan and concluded that he needs to improve his foot speed, his acceleration and his general conditioning and strength. At the same time, he has tremendous athletic ability, has great hands, and a powerful shot from the point. EF recommended that Ryan complete his junior year at his present high school and then repeat his junior year at a boarding school. EF also recommended that Ryan attend an intensive speed and acceleration program in the summer.

ER worked with Ryan and helped him gain admission to Cushing Academy. While at Cushing, Ryan received a great deal of visibility from Division One coaches. EF helped Ryan prepare a Sports Profile, helped him create a list of colleges which were appropriate for his academic and athletic talents, helped him with his college visits and discussions with coaches, and provided guidance concerning financial aid. Ryan is now a defenseman at Boston University.

Ginny - Which Sport Should I Play in College?

It was March of her Junior year and Ginny was struggling with how to spend her summer. She excelled at soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse. She had spent the previous two summers going to camps for all three sports, but now she realized that this was the summer to visit colleges, take an SAT preparation course, and talk with college coaches. It was also the time to decide whether she wanted to play one sport at a Division One school or to play two sports at a Division Three school.

EducationFirst! (EF) helped Ginny through this difficult decision making period. EF evaluated Ginny's talent and college potential in soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse, prepared college lists for all three sports, and also a college list without the sports factor. EF helped Ginny decide on the sports and the schools that best fit her talents. Ginny finally decided to apply to a Division Three school where she could play soccer and lacrosse. She is now a two sport athlete at Colby College.

Jeff - Men's College Lacrosse

Jeff played football, hockey and lacrosse at a New Hampshire boarding school. His best sport was lacrosse and he was his school's high scorer since his freshman year. He was now a junior but he did not have a realistic idea of the level of college lacrosse that he was capable of playing.

EducationFirst!(EF) evaluated Michael's lacrosse skills, his SAT scores and his grades and quickly decided that he was a Division One lacrosse candidate. ER helped Jeff decide which lacrosse recruiting camps to attend and also facilitated Jeff getting on a club team so he could attend Champ Camp in Baltimore. ER helped Jeff develop a Sports Profile and advised which college coaches should receive it. ER also helped Jeff plan his summer to include college visits, lacrosse camps and an SAT preparation program. By August, Jeff was talking seriously with a number of Division One coaches. He applied early to Virginia and was accepted.

Kate - Women's College Hockey

Kate had finished her sophomore year at boarding school and wanted to spend the summer working as a baby sitter in Nantucket. She was a good student, played varsity soccer, hockey and softball, and played the trumpet in the school band. Her PSAT was average. She was also on a club hockey team that had won the nationals. She was a very good hockey player.

EducationFirst!(EF) was aware of Kate's hockey ability and recommended that Kate fulfill her commitment to baby sit on Nantucket. In addition, ER provided Kate with a comprehensive conditioning, plyometric and weight training program for her two months on Nantucket. At the end of the summer, Kate was in the best shape of her life, had increased her speed and acceleration and was a lot stronger.

During her junior year, Kate played three varsity sports again and spent Sundays playing on the Connecticut Polar Bears Midget team. She was skating seven days a week in the winter and by the middle of February she was tired and needed a break from Hockey. EF helped her keep going on the rink and also in the classroom. Her school team reached the finals of the New England Prep School Tournament and the Polar Bears again went to the Nationals. Kate received lots of visibility from college coaches and was also invited to the U. S. Hockey Training Camp at Lake Placid.

EF helped Kate develop a Sports Profile and a list of colleges that she visited during the summer. EF arranged for SAT tutoring and provided guidance to Kate and her family during discussions with college coaches. Kate is now playing at Brown.

Jack - Men's College Hockey or Juniors?

Jack was at Avon Old Farms School and a big part of Avon's varsity hockey team that won the New England's the previous spring. Jack was playing summer hockey before his senior year and was now receiving pressure to spend next year playing Junior Hockey in the mid-west and also to apply early to a number of Division One colleges. The pressure was getting intense.

EducationFirst! (EF) reviewed Jack's academic, testing and extracurricular record, talked with a number of school and college coaches, and sat down with Jack and his parents to explain the realities of a year of Junior Hockey, and the differences between a number of the college programs he was considering, including the financial aid considerations.

EF recommended that Jack remain at Avon for his senior year and should proceed with the college admissions process. EF helped Jack and his family to reduce his college list to three schools and helped Jack prepare for his official visits and his SAT test in October. By November 10th, Jack received very positive indications from his top three colleges. His top choice was the University of New Hampshire, even though the UNH coach told Jack that he would have to play a year of junior hockey before coming to UNH. Since Jack had been accepted at UNH and was given a very generous financial package, a year of juniors was acceptable to him. Jack is now playing Defense for UNH.

Susie - Women's College Field Hockey

Susie was a junior in high school, a B student with1000 on her SATs and a very good Field Hockey player. She also played lacrosse and did volunteer work twice a week at the local Boys and Girls Club. She had attended The USFHA B Camp and the Futures Development Invitational Camp. She had made the U.S. Women's Under 16 Team and had played well at a number of tournaments including the AAU Disney Classic, The International Easter Tournament, the AAU Junior Olympics, the National Futures Tournament and the National Field Hockey Festival. It was January and she was trying to decide how to spend the summer before her senior year.

EducationFirst! (EF) spoke with a number of high school coaches and concluded that Susie could certainly play Division One college lacrosse. EF helped Susie develop a list of Division One colleges, a list of college coaches with phone numbers, addresses and email numbers, and a proposed spring and summer schedule which included participation in a number of camps and tournaments, visits to colleges, and an SAT preparation program. EF also prepared a list of Division Two colleges which met her college and field hockey criteria. In addition, EF prepared a weight training and conditioning program which became part of Susie's weekly schedule.

Susie did a lot of research on Division One and Two schools and their field hockey programs and quickly realized that the time commitment to play varsity field hockey varied greatly from college to college. EF helped Susie define her academic and field hockey goals and helped her cut down her college list to include colleges where she would be happy if she played field hockey or for some reason became injured and was unable to play.

By September 1st, Susie had visited fifteen colleges, talked with each coach either during her visits or at summer camps or tournaments, and decided that she would apply early to Syracuse. Through her SAT prep program, she had increased her SATs to 1150. She is now playing for Syracuse.