My name is Tom O’Brien, and I played DI tennis at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. This is my story and my advice for life after college athletics. It’s match point in one of the biggest games in my tennis career; coaches from top colleges are present, dad is pacing back and forth, mom sitting in
For a college athlete, it is not uncommon to be out and about from the time you wake up to the time you crash on your bed later that night. This is why, for a student-athlete, balancing school and your sport is so important.
Founded in 1854, Hamline University is the first college to arrive in the state of Minnesota. It is a private liberal arts college with an undergraduate class of about 2,200 students. The college is best known for its social justice, service, and experiential learning. When it comes to sports, it is considered DIII by the
Just off the Canadian border in upstate New York lies SUNY Canton, home of the Kangaroos. The D3 baseball program has featured catcher Brett Hoberman for the past three years. He is far from home and is traveling from Florida. He has had to work his way up to a starting role while gaining his
At the most competitive academic schools in the world, sports are not always at the forefront. However, Ivy League Rowing has established itself as the most dominant conference in men’s heavyweight, men’s lightweight and women’s rowing. It is a sport that has been a part of the Ivy League rivalry and tradition since the first
A day in the life of a DIII women’s basketball player at a top liberal arts college. Academics come first, end of story. Many of the athletics compete at the top of DIII and the combination of academics and athletics is what sells Amherst College. Our athletic schedules revolve around academics. We only play conference
Alabama football player, Michael Collins, completed his walk-on process last year and is now a member of the #2 ranked football team in the nation, Alabama! Michael states, “The most important part about becoming a walk-on is being confident. Do not be afraid or timid; go into the process trusting in yourself.
When doing research in the recruiting process for my daughter I came across the LRT Sports website. I was immediately intrigued as this was another dimension of the recruiting process that many people don't even consider. My daughter and I could "short list" schools based on the education she was looking for, as well as the opportunity to play her sport. LRT Sports not only gave us pertinent information into the recruiting process with different interviews of coaches and players, it also gave us insight into current and/or former players' opinions on the coach of that school in her sport. We could use this information to re-prioritize my daughters list of schools based on this feedback. I have many friends that are, or will be, going through this process shortly and I highly recommend using LRT Sports as part of anyone's recruiting process.
The college process presents a myriad of challenges. Factor in athletics and it becomes even more daunting. Now, add the fact that you have zero experience with sports. What is a the mother of a college bound student-athlete to do? LRT Sports has truly lived up to its promise. It has kept "the college recruiting process honest and easy by providing first hand information about coaches, schools and the recruiting process." Their interviews with current students, coaches, and professional athletes have provided realistic guidance. I am much more informed because of LRT Sports! The coach ratings are the most helpful. LRT Sports interviews allow us to hear from students as to how the adults are impacting not only their athletic experience but also how they are helping to shape their adult self.
The C.A.L.C. was thrilled to have Keirsten Sires come and speak to us on multiple topics relevant to high school athletics today, including recruiting. Keirsten reached all of our students and left them with great strategies that will not only help on the fields, courts, and mats, but also in the game of recruiting. She was a true professional and delivered a wonderful message.
Now that the recruiting process and the related stress is over, I wanted to thank you for your guidance. You did so much more than we had expected. Once you started the process by matching the best academic schools first, not the best sport programs, I knew you were the one. The way you laid out a timeline of contacting coaches, visits, and camps completely took any guesswork out of the plan for us. All of the student athletes that you put us in touch with gave us a look from the inside, and made us more comfortable knowing what was coming. Finally, using your website as a resource for knowing what to expect from different coaches based on former recruit reviews gave my son confidence before our meetings. There is no way we could have figured this out on our own, you really put us in a great position when decision time came.
I think hearing from other athletes is very beneficial. To be able to learn from people’s mistakes, and to be able to have access to those voices is really helpful; especially voices that have been there and done that. It’s very important for people to have access to information that could benefit them, and in this case there are many voices that can help the next wave of athletes.
If you have something that’s going to spell [the recruiting process] out for you… it’s so valuable. I think what everyone at LRT Sports is doing to spread the word and help advocate and educate athletes on the recruitment process is incredible.
Without question would have used LRT Sports. It would have probably been one of the most valuable tools that I could have had. If you want to know what these coaches are really like then I think this is the best tool out there. I’m really glad you are allowing recruits to have a resource like this moving forward.