For high school athletes interested in competing at the college level, being recruited can be a daunting process from getting noticed to understanding recruitment procedures. On October 16, more than 40 coaches, parents, students and school administrators attended a CASDA workshop titled “When The Colleges Come Calling” to learn about how college recruiting works and to help them navigate the recruiting process.
The workshop, which was moderated by Assistant Director of the New York State Athletic Association Bob Stulmaker, featured Shenendehowa High School Guidance Counselors Don Shea and Steven Hart, University at Albany Athletics Compliance Officer Nicole Branchini, and Scotia High School basketball standout and UAlbany recruit Joe Cremo. During the workshop, Branchini, Shea and Hart presented information on everything from NCAA eligibility and academic requirements to sharing strategies on how coaches and school administrators can assist in the process. They also answered many questions that arose from the audience about the recruitment process, which included everything from what to consider when choosing a college to how to market student athletes to coaches while staying compliant with NCAA regulations.
Joe Cremo and his parents provided firsthand experience about what to expect when navigating the recruitment process. Cremo, who in addition to UAlbany drew interest from Princeton, Columbia and Elon University, said that his decision to attend UAlbany had a lot to do with the fact that he thought the school was a great fit for him and that his parents would be able to come see him play locally. He added that while the decision was ultimately his to make, he consulted with coaches and family members that he trusted before committing to the program.
The workshop was the first time CASDA has offered the opportunity for local educators, coaches and families to learn about the NCAA recruiting process from leading experts in the field.