[Editor’s Note: The Behind the Whistle editorial staff has received two blog entries on the subject of early recruiting. At the authors’ requests and the editorial staff’s approval, these entries are being published anonymously to protect their identities and maintain privacy.] Prospective Student-Athlete Perspective Every night I set my alarm for 5:30 am. I wake… Read More First Person: The Realities of Early Recruiting
By Kim Simons Tortolani, Former Head Coach, USA Under-19 National Team and Georgetown University I have always been a bit wary of the NCAA. As a former college athlete, I never sensed that the NCAA’s claim of “prioritizing academics, well-being and fairness…” applied to my teammates or me. During my time as a Division I… Read More When Will the NCAA Act to Slow Down Early Recruiting?
By Sue Stimmel, Associate Head Lacrosse Coach at Upper Arlington High School After more than 25 years as a college coach and athlete, I began teaching high school mathematics and coaching high school lacrosse. When recruiting for a Division I collegiate lacrosse program, I thought I understood high school students. After 4 years as a… Read More Early Recruiting: Seeing It from the Other Side