We think our National Collegiate Recruiting Conference is pretty great.
Fortunately, the coaches who attend it do, too!
Here’s a sample of what they had to say after leaving the NCRC:
I write this having just finished up hosting our annual college coaches’ gathering, the National Collegiate Recruiting Conference.
One of the focuses of this year’s NCRC? The changing landscape of effective college recruiting.
Part of what we do at this event every year is outline the trends, news and changes we’ve tracked over the past year in college recruiting at all levels, and put together an outlook for those that attend this June conference for the upcoming year. To do that, we assemble what has to be one of the most diverse collection of experts from around the country, and let them give our coaches a view from their world on what it takes to be a successful recruiter: Leadership, technological savvy, the right strategy, inspiration, organization, and – most importantly – an understanding of where recruiting is headed for the upcoming year.
There was over 20 hours of information crammed into our weekend conference (hey, it’s for serious recruiters who want to advance their career, not vacation-seekers!), but I wanted to pick out five trends that we wanted to share with everyone around the country that couldn’t make it to this year’s event.
The recruiting trends listed are just observations; you have to decide how to apply them to what you’ll be doing this upcoming year, and how to adjust your approach and your recruiting communication as you seek to connect with this general of teenage prospects:
The art of effective recruiting is a consistently changing challenge. Make sure you know the trends, and use this time to prepare for the upcoming recruiting year.
Here’s the line-up for the upcoming 2013 National Collegiate Recruiting Conference in Charlotte, NC, June 7-9, 2013:
OPENING SESSION – FRIDAY, JUNE 7th
DAN TUDOR - The founder of Tudor Collegiate Strategies, and your NCRC host, will kick-off the weekend session with his traditional “State of Recruiting” message for coaches. Dan will review what he’s seeing as he travels the country consulting with coaches and athletic departments, give you recommendations on how to craft your upcoming recruiting strategy, and much more.
DR. MIKE DAVENPORT - This current successful college rowing coach and creator of CoachingSportsToday.com will talk on “The Zen of Your Recruiting Experience”. The goal of this session? To create a coaching and recruiting career that is built for the long haul. ”Recruiting college athletes can be a 24/7/365 non-ending adventure, one that can create terrible experiences and shorten a coaching career”, says Coach Davenport. “It doesn’t have to be that way. Why listen to me? Because I’m one of you – and have been for 33 years, have studied the impact of coaching on coaches as part of my doctoral studies, and have been through the entire spectrum of the coaching experiences and have developed strategies to survive it all.”
ROB JONES - You will never forget the night you heard Rob Jones tell the story of his injury he suffered, and how he used it to make his life better than he could have imagined, and to discover his true potential moving forward. ”Part of recruiting is convincing the prospective athlete that by working with you, they will become a better athlete and person,” explains Jones, who had his incredible story featured in Sports Illustrated earlier this past year. “The best way to convince them of this is to be the best coach possible, which includes having more experience and knowledge than anyone else. Through the lessons that can be gained from what I’ll be talking about, coaches who hear this session can gain perspective on true human potential, and thus be better informed on how far he can take his athletes.” After hearing Rob, you’ll want him to come to your campus and teach your athletes about the incredible principles that he lives his life by.
CHARLIE ADAMS - Author and popular speaker Charlie Adams will be teaching coaches about the power of building a positive attitude towards coaching, recruiting and life. His book, “How to Build a Positive Attitude – and KEEP the Darned Thing” will be the basis of this fast-paced, instructive talk designed just for coaches. If you’re tired of the recruiting process and are coming to the 2013 NCRC feeling defeated, these sound principles and examples of the power of a positive attitude will change your outlook as you prepare for the 2013-2014 recruiting year.
SATURDAY – JUNE 8th
JOE DIANGE - A former multi-sport high school athlete, Penn State football player and coach and NFL Strength Coach and long-time marketing specialist, Joe has combined his past athletic and coaching experiences with his marketing expertise to form an industry leading technology communication company, The Competitive Edge. Joe will introduce coaches to one fascinating aspect of his company – the why and how of making the personal side of your staff and team “come alive” to prospects, boosters, and alumni using video communication. His company will be providing a light breakfast for coaches to start our day, as well
DAN WOLKEN - One of the rising talents in college sports media, this USA Today college sports columnist and reporter will give coaches the inside story on what he see’s going right – and going wrong – with coaches and programs as they recruit this generation of recruits. Dan covered the recent NCAA recruiting contact reform initiative in-depth, and will lend his forecast on what the future holds for communicating with prospects in the months and years to come.
STEPHANIE MELISH - A certified speaker and trainer of sales guru Jeffrey Gitomer, Stephanie will be one of the true highlights of this weekend as she presents Becoming and Ask-Kisser: How Using Power Questions Can Lead to Power Recruiting. ”At the heart of any sales process are the questions you ask, and at the heart of any recruitment process are the questions you may or may not be asking,” says Melish. “I’m going to give coaches the 7.5 questioning success strategies that get put to work successfully in the business world, and how to apply them to the business of recruiting.” Why listen to Melish, who is a non-coach? ”Because they’re going to walk away with a new-found confident approach to engaging their recruits and the recruits’ families by asking powerful and emotionally engaging questions.”
DR. ROBYN ODEGAARD - Affectionately known as “Doc Robyn”, this nationally recognized coaching relationship expert and psychologist will lead her session “How to Create a Real Connection with Parents & Recruits: How You Listen is More Important Than What You Say”. All of the research on how and why recruits choose one program over another points to the strength of relationship between a coach and the recruit. Coaches will learn:
PAUL BIANCARDI - One of the most popular speakers from the 2012 NCRC, Coach Biancardi will talk to coaches about the lessons he has learned in his Division I men’s basketball recruiting career, and what he sees in his daily work as a leading ESPN recruiting analyst. This generation is radically different when it comes to connecting with coaches, and Biancardi has insights you need to know as you head into this next recruiting cycle.
NCSA ATHLETIC RECRUITING FOCUS GROUP LUNCH - The experts at NCSA Athletic Recruiting will be hosting a lunch and taking coaches through a fascinating focus group session on how you use recruiting technology, what you like and don’t like, and your ideas for how to make it better. It’s a rare opportunity to lend your expertise to make this nationally recognized recruiting resource better and more coach-friendly.
RONNIE ARROW - The former men’s basketball coach at the University of South Alabama, Coach Arrow will take-on a growing under-current in college recruiting: The APR standards that are now a priority at most NCAA schools, and how it’s going to affect their recruiting – and their college careers. ”Expectations are high when you are coaching,” says Arrow. “These expectations can be hindered by APR and NCAA rules if your university is not equipped to help you academically. This can really hurt your recruiting, and a lot of coaches aren’t aware of how to approach this.” As coaches listen to Ronnie Arrow, they’re hearing from someone who has been through plenty of battles over his career. ”My talk should help coaches understand their jobs better by understanding more about the total survey of what their job has to offer,” says Arrow. “Once they have this understanding, they know what type of student athlete they can recruit. I have been a Division I head Basketball Coach for 23 years, and I want to lend my perspective to the careers of these recruiters coming in for the 2013 NCRC.”
AARON BOETTCHER - The relationship between admissions and athletics is key to creating the roster that will bring you a winner, as well as meet the goals of your admissions department and campus. Boettcher has a unique perspective on this crucial recruiting issue: He is a former recruiter and college coach, and now occupies the a lead role in admissions at the University of Illinois – Springfield. Boettcher will talk about strategies that he has seen work to meet both department’s goals, and give coaches ideas on how to approach this upcoming recruiting season with a more intelligent approach that just might make you a hero on your campus.
MANDY GREEN - Coach Green is a frequent contributor to our popular College Recruiting Weekly newsletter, and will be leading her session entitled “Reduce Your Recruiting Stress With These 10 Time Management Techniques”. In addition to being a Division I head coach and mother of two, Green is the President of Coaching Productivity Strategies and author of the Green Time Management Workbook and Planner for College Coaches. This workbook and calendar system is for coaches who want to become more organized and efficient as recruiters and professionals. ”These techniques will help the coaches that attend to prioritize and organize their time in the office better so they are getting more of your most important recruiting work done in a shorter amount of time,” says Green. “Coaches will learn how to be more organized so they can double their office productivity to get more work done in less time so they have more work life balance.”
SEAN DEVLIN - If you haven’t heard this incredibly bright tech mind lend his expertise to our conferences, it won’t take you long to respect him and follow his advice. His talk, Recruiting & Technology & Stuff, has become a NCRC tradition. And if you like knowing what the year ahead holds when it comes to technology and recruiting, this is a can’t miss talk. ”I’ll introduce coaches to the pragmatic application of existing technologies into their day to day recruiting as well as future technologies that will change the recruiting landscape,” says Devlin. ”Coaches will learn how technology can help them more efficiently recruit.” Devlin is the tech mind behind the popular recruiting management software Front Rush.
CHARLIE ADAMS - As a parent of a recruited college athlete, and longtime nationally recognized speaker about parents and the recruiting process, Adams will be our “closer” for the second straight day as he outlines the latest research on parents, the recruiting process, and how college coaches can take a smarter, more pro-active approach towards communicating and connecting with this crucial group of influential people.
SUNDAY – JUNE 9th
TYLER BRANDT - Hear from this former college coach turned author and consultant as he explains the concept of being a “7-Second Coach”. This applies to recruiting, as well as how you develop your recruits once they get on campus. Coach Brandt will outline what to do to be a better, more connected coach and recruiter.
DR. THOM PARK – Dan Tudor described Thom Park as quite possibly the best recruiter of all-time, and once you hear this legendary coach and recruiter talk you’ll know why. His talk, “Recruiting Then and Now: A 40-Year View on Your Coaching Career and Contracts”, will provide you tangible life lessons from his career as a college football recruiter and athletic director, as well as someone who negotiated the largest Division I football coach contract at that time back in 2003. This legendary recruiter will be available to network with all weekend, and you’ll love his advice on Sunday as we begin to wrap-up the conference.
DAN TUDOR - The conference host will take the final two hours of the conference on Sunday to achieve two big goals: Discussing the impact and bestpractices with social media and recruiting, as well take your questions and comments to build applicable recruiting strategies as we wrap-up the 2013 NCRC experience.
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The nation’s premier college coach recruiting conference is approaching soon, and we would like to invite you to be one of our keynote presenters.
The 2013 National Collegiate Recruiting Conference will be held June 7-9, 2013, at the Charlotte Hilton Downtown in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina. It brings together coaches, recruiters, marketing and sales experts and others from the world of college athletics for one specific purpose: Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to dominate their competition in the most important part of their job…recruiting.
That’s where you come in:
We would like to invite you to be a part of this event as a speaker and presenter. We are looking for you to contribute high value content live to our attendees, as well as to an extended audience of coaches and athletic directors that will view the three day conference via streaming and recorded video.
Why should you be a presenter at the 2013 NCRC?
We produce the NCRC every year as a way of giving back to the college coaching community, so in the interest of keeping conference registration fees as low as possible for our attendees, we can not offer speaking fees or honorariums to our valued speakers. However, we will accommodate any and all requests for space to showcase
your products or services at no additional charge to you. Our speakers at past events have commented that the cost of traveling to the conference, food and lodging are quickly recouped through additional sales and networking opportunities that the event provides.
Will you accept our invitation to be a part of this one-of-a-kind event? If you are interested, please contact Dan Tudor directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to know what your topic would be (recruiting, sales, motivation, coaching or career development), and what additional needs you have as one of our featured guest speakers.
Thank you for considering our invitation to present at this summer’s National Collegiate Recruiting Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina!
If you’re planning on joining us for the 2012 National Collegiate Recruiting Conference in Boston, June 1-3, 2012, you’re in for a spectacular array of recruiting experts and panelists.
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Here is the schedule for the 2012 NCRC:
3:30 P.M. Welcome Reception
4:00 P.M. Kick-Off Roundtable Discussion - Hosted by Dan Tudor, Tudor Collegiate Strategies
5:00 P.M. Rick Chandler – “Untie Your Sailboat” This life-coach for young adults, business professionals and students drives how the point that we were all meant to live at maximum capacity. This is a message you’ll want to give to your team once you return to your campus, and take Rick’s message to heart to make sure 2012-2013 is everything it can be for you as a college coach.
6:00 P.M. Paul Biancardi, ESPN Recruiting Analyst Our featured guest on Friday night is Paul Biancardi, long time college basketball coach and nationally recognized basketball recruiting expert for ESPN. Paul will talk about his observations about how today’s college coaches recruits, how kids are making their decisions, and what kinds of lessons can be learned from recruiting at the highest level of college sports. Paul will also have a Q&A session at the end of his discussion.
7:00 P.M. Dr. Adam Naylor, Boston University / Telos Sports Psychology Coaching – “The Coach’s Reality, The Player’s Reality, and the REAL Reality” Think you know what’s really on your players’ minds? Not so fast, Coach. This session will focus on the latest psychological research from one of the premier experts in the field. Dr. Naylor has over a decade of experience coaching athletes and coaches on the mental game of sport. His clients include US Open competitors, NCAA champions, Olympians, Stanley Cup champions, and UFC martial artists. He is also aclinical assistant professor at Boston University, and lectures and publishes both nationally and internationally.
8:00 P.M. John Brubaker, “Why the Successful Succeed” Longtime college lacrosse coach John Brubaker has taken his expertise in forming great college teams to the business world, and is one of the rising national stars in business performance coaching. John will end our evening with a straight-forward, inspiring speech for every recruiter who is wanting to be successful in their coaching and recruiting career.
8:00 A.M. Dr. Thom Park, “Recruiting: Then and Now” Dr. Thom Park’s coaching and recruiting career spans several decades. which included a stint as one of the most successful Division I football recruiters in the history of the sport, as well as a Division I athletic director. He has a fascinating perspective as a recruiter, and is one of the most knowledgeable experts on the topic and the history of the art of recruiting. This is an individual every college coach should have the opportunity to meet in their coaching career!
9:00 A.M. Charlie Adams, “Parents, the Recruiting Process, and Finding the Right Fit” Charlie is the parent of a college athlete, and a nationally recognized speaker who helps lead athletes through the recruiting process. As the author of an upcoming book on the role of parents in the recruiting process, Charlie’s insights will be invaluable to college recruiters who want to address the needs of parents in 2012-2013.
10:00 A.M. Rick Chandler, “The College Coaches’ Most Overlooked Recruiting Tool” Want a strategy to present seven key ideas to the parents of your recruits that will resonate with them and set you apart from your competition? Rick Chandler will give you the details on his approach to connecting with parents and prospects.
11:00 A.M. Dan Tudor – “The 7 Deadly Recruiting Sins (and How to Avoid Them)” There are seven big mistakes that coaches tend to make as they get ready to recruit a new class. Nationally recognized recruiting expert Dan Tudor will take you through the list, and gives you ideas on how to adjust your approach heading into 2012-2013.
12:oo Noon Lunch – Presented by NCSA Athletic Recruiting Enjoy a wonderful lunch, courtesy of National Collegiate Recruiting Association. A focus group research discussion will be a part of this 90 minute break, which will be followed by a 30 minute break.
2:00 P.M. Sean Devlin, Front Rush One of the NCRC’s most popular speakers, Sean Devlin – the technical genius behind Front Rush – will present the latest technilogical changes that college coaches will face in 2012-2013, and give strategies for out-performing your competition in the coming year.
3:00 P.M. Dr. Thom Park, “Why Coaches Need Contracts” Dr. Park returns for an important session for every coach, young and old. As an advisor to college athletic directors and departments – and as a former athletic director himself – he’ll explain why every coach should look for opportunities to build their coaching careers through contracts. This is advice every coach needs to know as they build their college coaching career.
4:00 P.M. Adam Martel, “D1 Recruiting on a D3 Budget” Back by popular demand, Coach Adam Martel is back to present his session on how coaches at a small college can out-recruit their large college counterparts. Coach Martel, a former D1 volleyball coach, is now the head coach at a D3 school. Can you really recruit at a high level at a small school? Coach Martel says “yes!”, and will share his inspirational how-to story to coaches who want to follow his model.
5:00 P.M. John Brubaker, “Finding Work/Life Balance in College Coaching” We end day one with a powerful message from Coach John Brubaker, who challenges coaches to find a balance between the work they need to do as a coach, and the role they need to play as a vital part of their family. It’s one of the toughest challenges a college coach faces in the 24/7 world of college coaching and recruiting.
8:00 A.M. Mandy Green, “Organizing Your Coach and Recruiting Life” Mandy Green is a Division I college soccer coach and a frequent contributor to College Recruiting Weekly. She is also the author of a new college coach organizational guide, as well as a daily calendar for college recruiters. Coach Green will present the outline for how coaches can become ultra-organized, and how she uses the system to get incredible recruiting results – with time left over to be a wife and new mom!
9:00 A.M. Matt Boyles, Recruiting Researcher – Matt has produced a cutting-edge mathematical system for determining how many recruits you need to target in a particular class based on the number of athletes that end up staying on your squad. The implications can be huge; college coaches are constantly trying to figure out how many prospects is the “right” number to target and devote time and resources to. Now, there may just be a mathematical equation to help you determine that magic number.
10:00 A.M. Roundtable Discussion: Part One Lead by the conference host Dan Tudor, this will be a wide ranging discussion of recruiting issues raised at the conference, with ideas on solutions being shared by workshop leaders and your fellow coaches. This is one of the highlights of every conference!
11:00 A.M. Roundtable Discussion: Part Two We put plans on paper and help our attendees come up with a game plan for making the 2012-2013 recruiting class their best ever, using the information they attained at the conference as their guide. A fantastic way to end the 2012 NCRC!
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