LRT Sports hosted a panel of Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ Coaches to help educate prospective student-athletes. This inclusive Q&A representing both Men and Women’s athletic programs aims to shine a light on the countless opportunities provided both academically and athletically at HBCU institutions. Coaches panel: Southern University and A&M College Head Baseball Coach Kerrick
Volleyball is a team sport in which a net separates two teams of six players. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team’s court under organized rules. It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympic Games since 1964. Fun Facts: Most volleyball players jump
Victoria Garrick was a walk-on volleyball player at the University of Southern California. She became a four-year starter and currently holds the record for the top five most digs in program history. She is a former Division I and a semi-professional athlete, and a mental health and body image advocate. During Garrick’s sophomore year of
The coaching resume of Stanford University’s Women’s Volleyball coach, Kevin Hambly, spans the course of eleven years and is full of honors and winning seasons. From 2009 to 2016, the first eight years of his head coaching career, Hambly was the head coach at the University of Illinois. There, he guided the Fighting Illini to
Hampton-Keith also has over 12 years of coaching experience in the USA Volleyball Youth Development Program and three years of experience as a head coach of a varsity program at the high school level. Some advice from coach Hampton-Keith on playing at the next level.
Davidson College’s Head Women’s Volleyball coach, Chris Willis, joined the Wildcats in 2012 and is entering his 8th season. After being the assistant coach under Lisa Marston for two seasons from 1995-1997, he spent seven years at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. When Willis joined the staff again in 2012, the Wildcats were in
Brittany Ter Meer is a volleyball player at Methodist University. She has also been coaching a travel volleyball team for Sandhills Volleyball Club for three seasons. Brittany spent some time with LRT Sports discussing how being a collegiate athlete makes her a better coach, and what advice she would give to first-year coaches. LRT Sports:
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.