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Athletic Recruiting: Five Tips for Student-Athletes

While the college admission process is nuanced for all students, those with the goal of becoming collegiate student-athletes have another layer of questions, decisions, and factors to consider. In the attempt to help students in our community develop a better understanding of the process, the Athletic Department and the College Counseling Office teamed up to host an Athletic Recruiting Informational Evening on Wednesday, March 6.

Drawing from Lincoln’s experienced Varsity coaching staff and other experts in the local community, Athletic Director Ann Palms and Director of College Counseling Beth Ellis compiled a panel that featured:

  • Martha Boss Bennett ’85 | Head Coach of Lincoln’s Varsity Lacrosse Team
  • Cindy Blodgett | former college coach, former WNBA player, and the new Head Coach of Lincoln School’s Varsity Basketball Team
  • Caitlin Grant | Head Coach of Lincoln School’s Varsity Swim Team
  • Kia McNeill | Head Coach of Brown University’s Women’s Soccer Team
  • Maura Schoenfeld Glandorf | Rowing Recruiting Consultant at The Rower’s Edge

The five panelists tackled several questions for the gathered students and parents, including:

  • Is it more important to be on a high school team or in a club program?
  • How does a student determine where she fits in college athletics?
  • How can an athlete make herself known to college coaches?
  • When should she start the recruiting process?
  • What role should the student take? What role should the parents take?

Throughout the discussion, they shared sport-specific examples, lessons learned from their own experiences, and wisdom gained through their current roles, providing a broad overview and a jumping off point for those in attendance. Are you (or someone you love!) considering the athletic recruiting process? Here are their top five tips:

  1. Be patient. This process can have many twists and turns, so patience and trust throughout are key to making an informed decision.
  2. Rely on those around you. Parents. Coaches. Teachers. Athletic Directors. College Counselors. Alumnae. All of these people are eager to help–lean on them!  
  3. Be clear about what you want from a college and an athletic program. The four years that you spend as a college athlete will be incredible and life-shaping, but only if BOTH the school and the program are a good fit for you. Make sure to get clear on what that means early in the process, and remind yourself of that throughout.
  4. Trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Trust yourself and go with that.
  5. Know that it will work out for the best. You might not end up where you thought you would, and there might be some heartbreak and tough decisions along the way, but know that–with the help and guidance of those supporting you–you will end up where you are supposed to be.

Lincoln students who have not yet been assigned a college counselor can schedule a meeting with Abby Perry in the College Counseling Office to discuss their individual recruiting process.