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Episode 19: Dan Tudor & Jeremy Tiers On The Problem With Most Campus ToursTuesday, March 14th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 9.18.57 AMFor the Tudor family, it’s that time of year:

Dan has started taking his daughter to visit colleges. She’s a high school Junior who is starting her search, like hundreds of thousands of other families around the country.

On a recent visit to a college, Dan observed some common problems that most colleges experience when it comes to staging campus tours. It’s the same problem that many coaches who lead their own campus tours sometimes have, as well.

The problem? Most tours look, sound and feel the same as all the other college tours they’ve gone on (and will go on in the future). The result can be a lack of excitement about a particular school or program, and the family heading back to square one when it comes to trying to find a college perfect for their son or daughter.

In addition to Dan’s commentary and observations, we talk to Jeremy Tiers, Admissions Director for us here at Tudor Collegiate Strategies. He has great advice for college coaches and admissions professionals if they’re looking to improve their results when they bring a prospect on campus, and what they should consider adding to make the tour more effective.



Episode 18: Jim Harshaw, Jr. On College Coaching Success Through FailureTuesday, March 7th, 2017

Are you a success, Coach?

If you consider yourself to be, I’ll bet that you count some of your past failures as your greatest learning events.

But what about the coach who doesn’t look at “failure” as a positive? Is there a way to look back on past struggles and turn them into future victories, both personally and professionally?

Jim Harshaw, Jr. is our guest on this episode of College Recruiting Weekly, and he talks about his lifelong focus on learning from failure. He consults with business leaders, coaches and colleges around the country, teaching them how to use failure to their benefit.

In this episode, you’ll hear him talk about lessons coaches (and their teams) need to learn in order to be a success in the long term.



Episode 17: Larita Wilcher on Whether the Grass Is Really Greener on the Other Side of the Coaching Career FenceTuesday, February 28th, 2017

It’s a long title for a complicated topic:

When is it right for college coaches to step away from coaching and begin a career outside of the college campus?

Most coaches have that question run through their mind from time to time, and it’s not an easy decision. So, how do you go about making the right decision?

That’s what we wanted to ask this episode’s guest, former Division I basketball recruiting coordinator Larita Wilcher. She made the tough decision to walk away from a good job with a bright future, deciding instead to spend more time with her family and launching a tech start-up. Risky? You bet. Stressful? Oh yeah.

And yet, she says she’d do it all over again.


We talk to her about making a big decision like this, and what her advice is for her fellow coaches who are contemplating the same thing. She also talks about the cool technology company she has founded since leaving coaching.



Episode 16: Jamy Bechler on How Coaches Become Great LeadersTuesday, February 21st, 2017


Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 8.56.58 AMBecoming a great leader is the holy grail of college coaching.

Leadership equals success, in the mind of most college coaches. And, there is certainly no shortage of leadership experts and authors ready to lend their ideas to the mix on what makes good leaders, and how to get there.

On this episode of the College Recruiting Weekly podcast, we talk to a former coach turned leadership guru who I believe you should listen to: He has lived the coaching life you live for more than two decades, and now gets to share his lessons and expertise with businesses and CEOs all over the country.

His lessons on how coaches can become great leaders are fantastic (as is the drop-in visit by former University of Michigan basketball star Jalen Rose…or was it someone a little younger?….)



Episode 15: Mark Tewart on Recruiting Like a Car Sales ProWednesday, February 15th, 2017

Believe it or not, Coach, you can learn a few things from a good car salesman.

The two jobs – coaching and selling cars – have a lot in common. And the process – recruiting an athlete and selling your car to a buyer on a car lot – is incredibly similar.

Our guest on this edition of the College Recruiting Weekly podcast is Mark Tewart, a popular consultant to the car sales industry and advisor to businesses around the country. He was also a speaker at our annual Summer recruiting training event, the National Collegiate Recruiting Conference, and wowed the coaches in attendance with his applicable lessons in how to guide a prospect to a decision.

In this episode, we dive deep into the world of car sales: What makes a good car sales professional? What do you need to do when you’re guiding a recruit and his or her parents towards a final decision? And why do car dealerships love to get you into that little room to talk about financing???

It’s all explained in this fantastic podcast interview.



Episode 14: Special – Jason Oates & The Recruiting ClipboardMonday, February 13th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 11.46.57 PMIn a special podcast episode, Dan Tudor is joined by guest co-host Jason Oates, who runs the popular Whistle and a Clipboard podcast.

Jason’s show focuses on the latest strategies and lessons for coaches at all levels, as he talks to coaches from all over the country. On this episode, the two got together to co-host each other’s podcast and mix their specific expertise. The result? A really fascinating discussion about coaching, recruiting, and what latest trends are being played out around the country.

In the first of an ongoing series of talks the two will record, the main topics revolved around recruiting lessons college coaches could learn from Dan and the latest techniques he shares on the show, combined with the unique observations that Jason Oates reveals from his conversations with coaches all over the country.



Episode 13: Michael Cross on Transparency Being the Key to Recruiting ReformsMonday, February 13th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 11.30.56 PMA provocative blog post prompted a lot of debate around college athletics recently, and it centered around one of the most talked about subjects in college sports today:

Reforming the recruiting process.

That post, published on the popular Ultimate Sports Insider website by Michael Cross, associate athletic director at Penn State University, focused on transparency being the big key towards effective reforms in college recruiting.

We talked about the details of his proposal, as well as the possible push-back from coaches and administrators, that his three point plan outlines. Do you agree with his ideas?



Episode 12: Mark Giganti on Pushing Your Prospect’s Psychological Pause ButtonTuesday, January 31st, 2017

Mark Giganti isn’t a college coach.

However, I consider him one of the best sales professionals and trainers in the country. He’s been everything from a successful businessman, nationally recognized sales trainer and consultant, to an ordained pastor of a church.

He knows how to communicate with people, and he knows how to help guide them to making a decision.

One of the strategies he’s sharing with coaches on this edition of our podcast is the concept of “pushing your prospect’s psychological pause button”.

What does that involve? Why should coaches want to do that? And, what does it do to help your prospect feel more connected with you? Those answers, and a lot more, are waiting for you, Coach.



Episode 11: Tom Koller on Becoming a Great Recruiting CommunicatorMonday, January 23rd, 2017

Becoming a “great recruiting communicator” is an active pursuit. It’s not easy, and it’s not natural.

Do you consider yourself a great recruiting communicator?

On this episode of College Recruiting Weekly, we talk to Tom Koller. He’s an associate athletic director and an expert in communication. He consults with businesses and college coaches, and teaches them how to be more effective recruiters and better interpersonal communicators. And, he’s a popular speaker at our National Collegiate Recruiting Conference.

Listen to his advice, and begin to learn the skills that are needed to be a better recruiter than your competition.



Episode 10: 3 For 3 – Coaches Asking Tough Recruiting QuestionsTuesday, January 17th, 2017


Owen Handy, Thad Sankey, Garrett McLaughlinWe introduce a new ongoing show feature on our College Recruiting Weekly podcast, and we’re calling it “3 for 3”.

The concept is simple: Invite three coaches to be guests on the podcast, and let them ask Dan Tudor three tough recruiting questions live on the air. No prep time, no hints…it’s an honest back-and-forth conversation between three smart coaches and the host of the podcast.

Our guest coaches in this episode are:

Owen Handy (@Owen_Handy) – Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Anderson University

Thad Sankey (@ThadSankey) – Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Concordia University

Garrett McLaughlin (@_CoachG_) – Assistant Football Coach, Wagner College

Just a heads-up, this episode is packed with information and detail, so be prepared for it to run a little longer than our past podcasts. However, I think you’ll love hearing your fellow coaches ask really relevant questions, get good answers, and even give each other tips and feedback during the conversation.



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