Teams are gearing up for the next season in sports and the time has come for schools to recruit prospects. Though there may have been courtship before and
during the season, the off season is crucial for schools to get athletes to sign and commit to joining their team.
Here is a list of current students who are currently being recruited by four-year programs:
Volleyball— Megan Pollock will be signing a letter of Intent to University of Massachusetts, Boston for 2012.
Tiffany Kohrummel will be signing a letter of Intent to Southern Arkansas University for 2012.
Football—Mark Garrick signed a letter of intent for Syracuse University for 2012.
The recruiting process can be a tedious one. Not only do the players have to keep their sport in mind, but they also need to keep their education as a top priority.
“The recruitment process can be stressful and overwhelming,” says Jessica Pena. “You have to keep in mind the athletic side and education, even though you just want to think about your sport.”
Megan Pollock, who is on the volleyball team, says that help from her head coach Laurie Nash took some of the stress away.
“The [recruiting process] is hard. Laurie helped me by sending emails out to different colleges.”
Being recruited is not just about atheletic ability, classroom performance is also a major factor. In order for student-athletes to be successful they must balance their school time with sports.
“I always made sure I had time to go to the Sport 90 study skills lab. I tried to get in there three times a week and would spend about an hour in there,” says Pollock.
The recruiting process can be a burden on both athletes and coaches. Wrestling head coach David Pacheco and assistant coach Walter Ulrich say they are facilitators to the players.
“The way I help our athletes is by making sure our workouts don’t get stagnant, and I always work to change things up,” says Ulrich. “Our standings alone should motivate the athletes, they speak for themselves.”
Pacheco not only helps to motivate players but also works hard to get his players seen.
“I try to keep constant communication with the four-year colleges. Though it starts off as one-way communication as the season moves on, it becomes a back and forth between schools. I do everything I can to get my guys noticed.”