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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Never Call a Coach “Dude”

Getting recruited is a once in a life-time opportunity. You will never go through a process like this for the rest of your life. It is a privilege and an honor. If you treat it as such then you will come across to the college coaches with respect and maturity.   College coaches are allowed […]

Questions To Ask Prior to Signing

The regular signing period is right around the corner (begins April 15 and goes through August 1). Swimmers and especially parents use the term “signing” very loosely. “Signing” refers to the National Letter of Intent which is the swimmer’s binding commitment to attend a school in exchange for an “Athletic Grant in Aid”. A NLI […]


Editor’s Note: Approximately 31% of college coaches in charge of recruiting responded to the survey. Approximately 79% of the respondents were NCAA Division I coaches. For years we have been reading about football, basketball, soccer, volleyball (etc. etc.) players committing early to a university. Swimming has finally jumped on the bandwagon as we are seeing more and more […]