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What’s On Their Minds?Monday, June 1st, 2015

by Ingrid Rockovich, NCSA Athletic Recruiting

It’s one thing to find all of your potential recruits in one place. But learning how to make your program seem more viable to talented recruits that would be great fits academically and socially?

Between other coaches providing advice, consultants who are hired to help advise you in your search for recruits, and recruiting services who work with recruits every day, knowing where to find definitive insights into the mind of a high school prospect can be pretty difficult.

In an effort to make recruiting easier and lessen the mystery of working with high school prospects, we would like to share some of what we know about how prospects feel about the recruiting process.

There’s something unique about hearing these stories directly from student-athletes: to hear about what they went through, to hear about what scared them or intimidated them, how they were able to succeed and to hear about their final decisions is a pretty powerful experience.

In order to share that experience with others, we started this blog – Recruited Today. This blog is full of stories from prospects about their experiences throughout the recruiting process.

It is our hope that these stories can provide coaches with the real stories about what it’s like to be a high school prospect today and help better the recruiting process for everyone.

Keep an eye on this blog for new stories every day.

Pink Is The WORST ColorMonday, July 14th, 2014

by Tyler Brandt, National Recruiting Coordinator

Recently a coach whom I have done camps with and known for a long time just got his walking papers. When you look at the success he’s had it doesn’t really make sense – OR DOES IT? This is not an uncommon thing in sports, all of us that have coached at the collegiate level know  it is more of a business than an extracurricular activity. The expectations of our results as coaches are absolutely explicit. Unfortunately, too many coaches feel that because they were great athletes they automatically are great coaches.

The intricacies of being a professional coach (this doesn’t mean a coach in the NFL or NBA, it’s a coach who gets paid to coach for his/her livelihood) are so far beyond the scope of learning a technique or strategy it’s mind boggling. The job description includes, but is not limited to, administrative duties, psychology of sport, mental training, athletic training, strength and conditioning, rules compliance in recruiting, budget management, transportation and logistics, academic monitoring, academic advisement and I am sure I am missing some.

As the National Director of Recruiting for Tudor Collegiate Strategies I have reached out to many colleagues to discuss working with them using our recruiting service. Although many have taken advantage and are seeing phenomenal results in their programs, others have said  they are good to go and know what they’re doing. This marks the THIRD time that a coach has been fired from their job in part because of recruiting issues that said they KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING!

What sense does it make to know that you are having challenges,  have an opportunity to make a change to rectify it and you make a conscious decision not to? Sounds a lot like why many of us coaches get frustrated with our athletes! We see a problem with their technique,   try to get them to adjust it and they continuously do the same thing over and over making the same mistakes again and again.

YES – Using TCS costs money, but so does anything of value!

YES – You will get information from someone else on how to change your recruiting practices and NO that doesn’t make you a worse coach (it actually makes you way smarter)

YES – You will start filling your rosters with better athletes

YES – You will have better retention – persistence & completion rates (big issue for the HLC)

YES – You will have better work-life-balance

The list is long regarding the benefits of using TCS in your program but the list is really short for why you don’t:

–    Ego

I know programs have budget challenges, I did, but I made a few changes and made it happen. Don’t lose your job because you think you know everything. You would be surprised at the coaches in your sport using TCS. Using TCS is part of the reason why they are successful and are keeping their jobs!

I know this blog is a little harsh, but you  and I both know that sometimes you have to rub off the skin to clean the wound! Do me a favor – if you haven’t won a conference championship, if you didn’t have a winning season last year, if you got beat IN the championship game, if you just got a new coaching opportunity, shoot me an email – tyler@dantudor.com –  so we can talk about how TCS can help your program.

It’s too late to fix it after the administration has made up their mind that you aren’t the coach that can get the job done! Don’t wait, let’s talk NOW! Don’t be the FOURTH coach in this list!

Why Your Recruiting Message Needs More Verbs, Less AdjectivesMonday, March 12th, 2012

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Do You Use Excel? This Recruiting Tool is Built for YOU!Monday, December 12th, 2011

Whether you chalk it up to old habits dying hard, or no budget to upgrade to a fancy new web-based recruiting management program, coaches all over the country still use Excel spreadsheets to track prospects.

The good news?  You can still easily integrate your use of Excel with some of the newer technology tools out there!

“We received over 1000 survey results from college coaches, and a large majority of them wanted the ability to integrate NCSA Athletic Recruiting with either Excel, or whatever their contact management system was”, said Ryan Newman, College Relations Coordinator.

“Little did they know, they already have this ability, and we’ve now made the integration better than ever—anything bit of information on a recruit you would need can instantaneously be transferred from NCSA right to Excel.”

Not only is NCSA Athletic Recruiting compatible with commonly used programs like Excel, but fully integrated with Front Rush, which the majority of coaches seem to now use to manage their recruiting databases.  If you have a Front Rush account you can simply click the “Add to Front Rush Button” after evaluating any NCSA prospect online through your free coach account most programs have set-up.

“We find a lot of coaches have utilized Front Rush for their contact management”, said Newman.  “The way I see it, NCSA is the best way to search, evaluate, and find potential recruits.  At that point it is up to college coaches to actually contact with the kid, get him on campus, and so on.  That’s where Front Rush comes in, and having the ability to mesh both resources, has really streamlined the process for college coaches.”

Learn how to export data from NCSA to Excel, AND learn how to import excel data into your NCSA Recruiting Board in this short video clip: How to Export and Import to Excel

Recruiting Service Setting a New Standard in Helping College CoachesMonday, March 31st, 2008

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