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Richard Sybesma Former Head Coach Texas Christian University Former Olympic Head Coach
American College Connection is an awesome resource for swimmers, parents and College Swimming and Diving Coaches.  The work you do and help you give to both prospects and College Coaches is huge.”
Richard SybesmaFormer Head Coach
Texas Christian University
Former Olympic Head Coach
Coach Sybesma has been regarded as one of the finest coaches in college swimming for many years. He is the longest tenured coach at TCU- 38 years. He was an Olympic Head Coach in 1996 and he was a 7 time Conference Coach of the Year in two different conferences.

Steve Beaumont, Great Bend High School swim coach
“First of all, let me just say this about ACC; through the years, we have had many talented, hard working athletes much like Brooke M.; however, coming from a smaller community without the exposure that large towns and programs provide, many of them did not feel as though they really had the opportunity to continue their swimming at the next level. Your efforts, and Brooke’s determination has changed all that. Others have seen what Brooke has done and now feel like they, too, can do it.”

WHAT DO COLLEGE COACHES THINK OF AMERICAN COLLEGE CONNECTION?
While current college coaches are not allowed to endorse any recruiting services, we have several former college coaches who we worked with for years, and this is what they have to say about us:
“American College Connection has been the best recruiting tool that I have experienced over the last 40 years. Probably the best part of it is the follow up of honest appraisal  given by Rick Paine on each candidate. His assessment has always been spot on each time I have asked his opinion on specific candidates. Using American College Connection has positively helped our program over the years.”
C. Rob Orr
Former Coach Princeton University
third on the all-time wins list for Division I swimming coaches

“The American College Connection has proven to be the best single source that we rely on for information about prospective student athletes. We value their recommendations and have a high level of trust in the information they provide for us.”
Rick, you have provided a valuable service for us and I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with you.
Denny
Dennis Pursley; Former Alabama Head Coach
named one of the 25 most influential people in the history of USA Swimming in 2003
five time Olympic coach
inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006
USA Olympic Team staff and was awarded 1980 “Coach of the Year” honors by the American Swimming Coaches Association.
the first head coach of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
the first USA Swimming National Team Director in 1989
Head Coach of the Olympian Swim Club in Edmonton, Alberta
Olympic head coach of the British team in 2012

“Rick and his associates at American College Connection provided our coaches with consistently great information about prospects. We could quickly determine if the prospect might possibly be a good fit. Rick responded to my questions quickly and was willing to communicate with the prospect to help us gain further information. Over the years, we landed several great recruits whom we had not been in touch with prior to Rick reaching out to us. ACC is a great resource for both college coaches and prospects.”
Rich DeSelmFormer Head Coach
University of North Carolina

We have stellar relationships with our college coaches!
Rick knows every college coach in the country and has excellent relationships with them. Here is an example of emails we receive from coaches:
Thanks for your help in getting this team rebuilt.  I know I haven’t thanked you enough for the opportunities, guidance and mentorship you given me over the years.  I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for you.  Thank you
Doug
Douglas Humphrey
Head Swimming & Diving Coach
South Dakota State University

What a great feature that is for a college coach to have direct access to a student-athlete’s film.
I wanted to thank you for the updated information on Jessica Buche.  I was able to go to your website to view her video highlights. What a great feature that is for a college coach to have direct access to a student-athlete’s film. Thank you for all your efforts in promoting Jessica to our program.
Lisa D. Assistant Coach, University of Colorado volleyball

You have enriched Deanna’s life in a way that nobody else could have done for her. – Carl Simonson
Rick,
I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for Deanna.  She is so happy, training better than ever and very much looking forward to her future now.  I am sure you are aware of the impact that you have on your client’s lives, I just want you to know that you have enriched Deanna’s life in a way that nobody else could have done for her.
I think of the next 4-5 years of her schooling, swimming and life experience and again can’t quite come up with the words to express the importance of your role in her future.
Thank you very much, if there is anything I can do for you please don’t hesitate to ask!
Carl Simonson
Olympian Swim Club

Debbie Bratten, Mom and Assistant Coach, Ottumwa, Iowa
“When parents ask me if American College Connection was worth our investment, my answer is a resounding Yes. With the help of his coaches and ACC, our son signed early at a very prestigious university with a top 20 Division I program for a scholarship worth over $70,000. As the result of ACC’s efforts, he had over $200,000 in offers to choose from and he was recruited by over 50 schools.”

Division I, Head Coach
“Everybody and his brother think they can start a scouting company and yet they have no idea what college coaches want or need. We stopped using them because they don’t know what they are doing. American College Connection is the only one we will use because ya’ll are former coaches who understand college athletics.”

Division II Head Coach…
“Kids in rural areas of the US don’t have a prayer of being seen by college coaches. The American College Connection is their only hope.”

JB Barr- Head Coach Sarpy County Swim Team
“We have been utilizing ACC recruits for several years now. Many of our swimmers have benefitted greatly from working with Rick and his staff. They are professional, prompt, and extremely helpful. They best part is, they really know how to fit an athlete with the best school for him or her!”
JB Barr- Head Coach Sarpy County Swim Team and parent of two sons who worked with ACC

Jan Bidrman, Canadian Olympic Coach, 2000 Olympics
“I had a wonderful collegiate experience in the U.S. which has led me to the coaching profession, and my coaching experience has been extremely rewarding. Now is the time for you to start the process to come to the U.S. to swim in college and American College Connection will provide you the best possible guidance in completing the process.”

Jim Bridge, parent and coach, Alexandria, South Dakota
“Good Morning! The response from college coaches has been impressive, overwhelming and humbling. Thank you for all that your company has done so far. The decision making process is in the early stages. I appreciate your effort and support. Thanks again.”

John M., Head Coach, Division I Women’s Swimming
You provide an excellent service and the only one that I trust when it comes to swimmers. Your video work is exceptional and your updates on recruits are timely (unlike the other services). Please keep up the great work on behalf of your clients. There’s no doubt that you’re the best. Thanks,

Jonathan Mayer, Head Coach – Guymon Swim Team
“American College Connection is a tremendous organization that has helped my swimmers greatly. Coming from a small town, there was no way any of my swimmers would have been noticed by colleges but with ACC all of them have received letters from colleges, all over the nation, interested in them. One of my swimmers was even offered a scholarship, which never would have happened if it weren’t for ACC. ACC has done a fantastic job in finding colleges interested in my swimmers, I can not say enough good things about them.”

Let the College Coaches Chase You
We know you are eager to start your search for the perfect college for academics first and foremost, but also for your stellar athletics. However, you should not chase college coaches. When you do, you chase scholarship money off the table. Let us get them to chase you.
If you initiate contact with a college coach, you lose the leverage in negotiating for scholarships. The power is always with the person who received contact first.
We deliver your information directly to the college coaches. Unlike recruiting services, the coaches don’t have to login to a site and search for you. We make sure they see your information front and center.
In other words, with American College Connection (ACC), the coaches don’t have to go to the store to go shopping. We deliver your info directly to them. As former college swimming and diving coaches, we understand what the coaches are looking for in a recruit and we are the best in class at selling your potential. For more than 17 years, we have been a part of many student success stories.
We guarantee that college coaches will look at your information when they receive it from ACC.
Below, we would like to share some of the emails we have received from college swimming coaches. They are restricted from providing endorsements so we are only able to use their initials.
Rick, We will always take your opinion into consideration if we feel like the swimmer is underdeveloped or is tall and has good strokes (video), and then there is a significant financial need. Thanks for your help in the past and in the future. P. O. D-I Associate Head Coach
Hi Rick, Thanks for the info on Alexander. I missed out on the breaststroker you sent us last year because I wasn’t sure he would be fast enough. After watching him final at NCAA’s as a freshman I promise to go after anyone you recommend from now on. D.S. D-I Head Coach, Olympic Head Coach
Hey Rick, We are going all out after Samantha. I didn’t listen to you when you suggested Jillian Tyler and she won an NCAA title with Minnesota. I won’t miss another one. Thanks for all you do for swimming. G.T. DI Head Coach, Olympic Head Coach
Hi ACC staff, Nobody points out a kid’s potential like you guys do. I really appreciate your insight and we look at everyone you send to us. B.C., D-I Head Coach
Rick, Nobody seems to care about us D-II and D-III coaches except you and your staff. I can’t tell you how much we all appreciate that you care about D-II and D-III swimmers and we always look at their info when we get it from you. Your evaluations are spot on and we always read what you and your staff have to say about a recruit. GP D-III Head Coach

Richard Millns Head Coach
Rick,

I must say you do an excellent job selling the swimmers, this is great work! Thanks so much, it will appear that Brittney will be able to get into her school of choice, and swim at her desired level.
(Tom Jager was a great idol of mine when I was a swimmer, loved that dive)

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