American College Connection

Former Indiana Associate Head Coach Donny Brush to Join American College Connection

Rick Paine, American College Connection Director: “I am very happy to have Donny Brush join us at American College Connection. Donny replaces Jessica Berkowitz-Minier as Assistant Director of Swimming and joins our other Assistant Director, Paul Stearns.”


How to Find a Good College Swim Team

It is pretty easy to find a strong swimming school by looking at the rankings, but what about all of the other schools that are not consistently ranked. How do you determine if a school has a good swim program and if it is headed in the right direction?


College Swimming Recruiting Trip Tips

Hosting a recruit requires a great deal of work for the host, the team and the coaches. Be interested, open-minded and ask questions. If you don’t seek out “food for thought” then don’t be unhappy with what you are served.


How To Cope with your kid leaving for college

Your child is a young adult, a graduate from high school and ready to start his/her next chapter hundreds of miles away from you. What do you have to show for the last two decades of parenthood? A scrapbook and an empty bedroom down the hall? Not to worry, your child’s college career also starts the next chapter in your life. (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)


Selling Your Potential to a College Swim Coach

College coaches base a lot of their recruiting on a swimmer’s potential. Any good coach wants to believe they are recruiting a swimmer who they can help get faster. They are all looking for swimmers who are “headed in the right direction.” (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)


How to Make Sense of the College Recruiting Process: Never Assume

(Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)


How To Handle Yourself When College Coaches Call

“Hopefully you have been communicating with college coaches via email and are getting ready for them to start calling. They will be using a device called a telephone. It’s that thing that sits in your house and rings once in awhile and there is usually another person’s voice on the other end.”


Headed to College Next Fall So Maybe I Need a Break This Summer

“You have signed your NLI and scholarship papers and are headed off to college next fall. Now you are contemplating your summer plans. You are thinking the next four years in college swimming will be a real challenge and a lot of work and dedication so maybe I should take a little break this summer and just train and not compete.”


The Right Reasons for Choosing a College

“With April 17th fast approaching many seniors are struggling to make one of the most important decisions of their life; where they will attend college.” (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)


How to Ask for Scholarships

“Look for value in a school and a program, not just money. It is far more important to find the right school and not just the cheapest.” (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)


Want to Swim in College: Everyone Signed Early, But Me! What Do I Do Now?

College Swimming News: “About 25% of the high school senior swimming recruits sign during the early signing period each year. The rest wait until April.” (Swim Photo Credit: Tim Binning, the swim pictures)


When Do I Start the College Recruiting Process?

College Swim News: “80% of the coaches plan their recruiting 3 to 4 years in advance” (Swim Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)


Want to Swim in College: Breaking-up with a College Coach

Swim Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures


Want to Swim in College? How Do You Find The Right School?

“How do you know when you’ve found the right school? Ask yourself the following questions…” (Swim Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)


Want to Swim in College? Clearing up the NCAA Clearinghouse

(Swim Photo Credit: Tim Binning, the swim pictures)