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Manners in the First Degree

The old saying, “first impressions” could not be more true when you have your first contact with your potential college swim coach. This is a formal interview; your tone, demeanor, interest in their school and manners, must be positive and well spoken.  This is all indicative of their first impression of you swimming and studying […]

Handling the Pressure of Decision Deadlines

Hopefully most of you seniors are starting to feel some pressure to pick a school. Pressure can be a good thing because it means that you have options. You have taken an official recruiting trip to one of your favorite schools so now what happens? As soon as you get home you should send a […]

Fueling for Success

Competitive swimming is certainly one of the most physically demanding sports there is. Just ask a football player to try one of your workouts. I know tons of swimmers who train their tails off, go to practice at 5:30 in the morning, train on Saturday and Sundays, compete in meets that take all weekend and […]

How New NCAA Rules are Affecting Scholarship Offers

A couple of years ago the NCAA changed its rules to allow coaches to guarantee scholarships beyond the first year. Some coaches do and some don’t. If a coach doesn’t offer a guarantee, then you need to ask. Guarantees should be listed on the scholarship agreement form. Usually, but not always it is pretty rare […]

Selling Your Potential

College coaches base a lot of their recruiting on a swimmer’s potential. Any good coach wants to believe they are recruiting a swimmer who they can help get faster. They are all looking for swimmers who are “headed in the right direction.” So how do you present your potential to college coaches? The first thing […]

How to Separate Yourself from the Thousands of Recruits Out There

The odds of getting recruited and swimming in college are pretty slim. It has been estimated there are well over 40,000 high school senior girls and over 35,000 senior boys who want to swim in college every year. This is counting high school, club and international swimmers and the number of international swimmers wanting to […]

Official Recruiting Visit- Take a Workout With You

One thing we always advise our swimmers to do when taking an official recruiting visit is to get a workout from their coach before they go. We have them let the college coach know that they have very high expectations for their senior year and will need to get a practice in while they are […]

Recruiting Tips for Club Coaches

At American College Connection we try to engage the club coach in the recruiting process. After all, it is their coaching that has enabled their swimmer to be fast enough to have the opportunity to swim in college. And who knows the swimmer better than their coach? All we are trying to do is sell […]

When is my club swim coach going to get me recruited?

Your club coach plays a very important role in getting you recruited. They coach you in the pool to help you get fast enough to get recruited. Without them you would not have the opportunity to swim in college. How much more can you expect from them? In my 30 year coaching career I coached […]

COLLEGE RECRUITS BEWARE!!!!, Coaches review social media accounts……

“Coaches and schools are investing a lot of money in a recruit’s education. You can bet that they are going to get to know everything they can about the person they want to recruit.” Social media has expanded our ability to get information on anyone at any time. Everyone knows everyone else’s business. Rest assured […]