When you are being recruited, the first thing coaches peruse is your social media habits and your comments. This is your opportunity to shine and sell your potential, but a lot of swimmers are not thinking when they rapidly type in the first thing that comes to mind.
Rick Paine: “I have been in the recruiting business for over 30 years; 17 as a D-I coach and Recruiting Coordinator and 13 years as the Director of Swimming for American College Connection. I have learned what certain coaches look for in recruits…”
If you want to swim in college, you have to work at it. Don’t expect the coaches to come to you.
Jon came from Storm Lake, Iowa as a :54 second hundred freestyler and ended his career as the team captain of one of the best men’s teams in the country.
Your child is 18 years old, a graduate from high school and ready to start his/her next chapter hundreds of miles away from you. What do you do now?
Being away from home for the first time is an experience much like the recruiting process. You can go “nuts” or you can make the best of it. It is strictly up to you.
Don’t panic if you have not received a ton of calls on July 1. This is only the first day that D-I coaches are “allowed” to start making calls.
Here are “four tips” that coaches can help their swimmers with the college recruiting process.
“Helping swimmers and parents through the recruiting process is a full time job, and you can’t expect your club coach to do everything that is necessary to help you get recruited.”
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?
You don’t have to win or even go a best time or have perfect strokes, starts or turns, but you do have to RACE. Coaches want to see you race.
Contributor, Rick Paine, is a friend and an expert on the college recruiting process. He is also the Director of Swimming…
“College coaches will look at your times first to see if you can help them and then immediately look at your grades…”
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“Coaches and schools are investing a lot of money in a recruit’s education. You can bet that they are going to get to know everything they can about the person they want to recruit.”