You really are the best at what you do! Dawn, Lawrence is “deep in his bones” happy – He’s just on top of the moon. We owe you so very much….this opportunity at Emory would have never been possible without your support – I sincerely mean this – you made all the difference! Lawrence will compose a formal thank you soon – but I want you to know – you are terrific at what you do – and you have been a terrific resource for our family. We are sincerely grateful. Lawrence is great at keeping in touch with former coaches – so I am sure he will keep you updated over the next four years. Take care – and let’s stay in touch. You really are the best at what you do!
Thank you !! We would’ve never known about the amazing opportunities that Ohiouniversity has to offer without the help of Rick Paine and American CollegeConnections, thank you!
From the very first phone call held with Rick Paine I knew that Cassandra was in good hands. Without the assistance of Rick and America College Connection our daughter would not have received the $100,000.00 scholarship that she has received and likely not completed her swimming career in the USA. When Cassandra first advised us that her intention was to attend a USA College to swim (we reside in Canada) we were really unsure how to go about the process. My wife tried to complete the process on her own but never received any substantial contact from schools. It was very late in my daughters last year of high school when I made the decision to contact American College Connection. From the very first phone call held with Rick Paine I knew that Cassandra was in good hands and within days we had received phone calls and emails from schools across the US. Rick was very upfront and did not make any false promises regarding the recruiting process or amounts that our daughter could/would receive from the schools. Thanks to Rick Cassandra has just entered her third year at Canisus College which to date has been a very rewarding experience.
With ACC’s help Anna was able to talk with coaches from all over the United States! “It has been an exciting and very informative 2 years working with Rick Paine and the ACC Team. With their help Anna was able to talk with coaches from all over the United States. At last count, she had talked with approximately 50 different coaches, and had the opportunity to explore many different schools and swim programs. Without their help, she might of talked to 6 coaches. In the end, she had several offers. This would not of happened without the guidance of the ACC team.
We started working with Rick and the ACC team during our son Donovan’s sophomore year in high school. Our son had been competing at a high level for several years, and we were advised by our friends to get started early on the college search. We got some piecemeal advice about the process, such as getting an NCAA clearinghouse number, and we were told about the standard websites for information, but still had no clear direction on how to get started. Thankfully, we were referred to Rick and ACC, and we quickly got started down the correct path. He was able to serve as an intermediary to contact coaches from schools that Donovan was interested in, and we could see their responses showing interest appear almost immediately. This made us feel relieved more than anything because NCAA rules prohibited direct contact before junior year. We uploaded a few videos to the ACC website, and they edited them nicely to show his strengths and how he races. When the infamous September 1st date came (when coaches were allowed to contact Donovan directly by email), he was so excited to see his inbox fill up with emails from interested teams! Rick guided us every step of the way from the initial correspondence, phone calls, and gave invaluable advice about “selling your potential.” Donovan quickly became confident and proficient at communicating with coaches, and this is a life skill that will serve him well throughout his life. Rick helped us to arrange visits to several schools, and very much paved the way to success on the visits, so that he would leave a great first impression. Rick was honest and forthright about what schools were realistic and which ones were a bit of a reach for his times, and also helped to shape our vision of what might be a perfect fit. I am happy to say that Donovan has accepted a scholarship to swim at his first choice, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He committed in April of his junior year, and he is still so happy and excited about his future collegiate career. We can’t thank Rick and the ACC team enough, and we absolutely recommend their services to anyone who wants to swim in college. Regardless of times, academics, or their own goals, ACC will help find the right fit for your swimmer!