College Basketball Coach Interview: Looking for Winners On and Off the Court

What do college coaches think about the recruiting process?

Coach Brittany had an interview with an old classmate, Coach Brent Crews, and here is what he had to say about his recruiting process. Coach Crews played NCAA Division I basketball at Florida Atlantic University. Switching to the other side of the game, Coach Crews became an assistant coach at the University of San Francisco and is now the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Thomas University, a NAIA college in Thomasville, Georgia.

Brent Crews Thomas University

Q: What do you look for when evaluating potential recruits?

A: “What I look for when evaluating is 3 things. Toughness, basketball IQ, Winner.”

Q: How do you initially reach out to a recruit?

A: “Most of the time I reach out through their coach.”

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Coach Crews played NCAA Div. I college basketball for Florida Atlantic University

Q: Discuss your 1st call strategy for a recruit.

A: “My 1st call for a recruit will start with me explaining who I am as a coach. Then I will talk about the team conference and school. The biggest objective on the 1st phone call is to get the recruit interested. The 1st phone call is all about me, the team, and school.

Q: How often do you communicate with your recruits?

A: “I communicate with my top recruits once or twice a week. Potential top recruits I speak with 2-3 times a month.”

Q: How do you close a recruit when you want them to commit?

A: “When I want to close a recruit I bring him on campus and bring out the red carpet. Take him to the best restaurants in town. Try to get as many 1-1 talks as possible while he is on his visit (official visit.) Answer all questions and show him what it would be like if he committed. After the visit if he doesn’t commit, I immediately set up a home visit and give another pitch.”

Q: What tips would you give athletes just getting started with recruiting?

A: “It is a long process in recruiting. You have to do everything on your end not to mess up any potential schools interested in you. Grades is a must, attitude has to be great, and your coaches and teammates should love being around you. Every coach loves a player everyone else loves. Trust your ability and play with confidence. You are good enough and your time will come. Do not compare your recruiting process to anyone else’s process. They are all different.”

BRITTANY GONZALES COLLEGE RECRUITING

Parent Testimonial: Jack Mc Carty-Gann

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“THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION BASEBALL PLAYER”

Jack  loves baseball, he has been at Champion’s Quest for over 3 months now and he doing a great job.  We are extremely proud of his positive attitude, hard work and dedication to his pursuit of being the best.  We know that it takes a complete effort by the parents, the coaches at Champion’s Quest and most importantly, the commitment from the athlete.  His Mom Kelley sees the results and is very happy with Jack’s progress.

Mother Kelley’s View:

“Jackson growth since starting Champions Quest is so noticeable! His skill level has improved in just 3 months. His coordination with running is the highlight because he has long legs and long arms and could not get them to work together before spending time in the speed clinics!”

Thank you Champions Quest staff!

Mother of Jackson

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As you can see the parent’s view plays a vital part in the success of their athlete.  It is so important that not only the athlete feels the experience of development, but also that the parent sees the overall change of their children. Therefore, I must say  BRAVO to the Champion’s Quest Staff for making Jack’s athleticism and confidence soar!!!

“Congratulations Jack and Keep Living Like A Champion”

Coach Reggie Ward

Assistant Athletic Director

562-598-2600

reggiew@championsquest.com

Softball Star on the Raise

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We have a phenomenal athlete named is Tessa Hurley who has  a strong sports career in Softball ahead of her. She is a member of the Firecrackers 10U Softball team. It was back in January of 2014 that Tessa started our program here at Champion’s QUEST and she followed in the foot steps of her two older sisters that were also members of our program as well. She did have a couple of set backs due to injuries at her start but what 9-10 year old can go a full year without getting injured. Within this Summer quarter she was able to have big gains yet in our program. Her improvements have helped her team to a number of tournament first places and runner-ups, with this being her first full year on a travel team they were able to finish in the top 10 for PGF (Premier Girls Fastpitch) for their age group.

8softball.0605_0.jpgThis year, her team had  a very solid run and Tessa was a big part of their success with a 0.397 batting average and 57 runs batted in for the year. In PGF play she was able to again out perform most of her teammates with a 0.444 batting average and 3 runs batted in. Tessa is a full year younger than anyone on her team and will playing up a year with the same girls next year as she will move up to 12U softball as an eligible 10U player.

Everything that I have seen out of Tessa has nothing short of amazing. She has a strong solid arm that helps on the field getting that out on first. Her quickness is above any athlete her age and she is  very focused when in competition. There is a bright and solid future for her in Softball at the high school and collegiate levels. I wish Tessa and her other siblings the best in all that they do and will continue to work  with her throughout her high school career.

 

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Coach Derrick Campbell, USTF-L1

 

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VIDEO: College Prep: Marketing Your Athletic Strengths to College Coaches

This week at Champion’s QUEST, we are dedicated to providing Parents and Athletes with knowledge about the College Prep process to achieving the ultimate goal of being a: COLLEGE STUDENT-ATHLETE.

In this video, Coach Brittany talks about Marketing Yourself to College Coaches by showing off your Athletic Strengths in videos and sharing with College Coaches. 

Whether you are looking to attend college out of California or the local Junior College down the street, College Coaches unfortunately do not have enough time to go out and watch every player that emails them. You must stand out in a different way! 

Athletes sometimes have a hard time explaining their Athletic Strengths in an email or on the phone with College Coaches. It can be frustrating for parents and athletes during the recruiting process. So instead of worrying about how the email sounds or if you made your athlete sound the best, use videos to show the College Coach exactly what you are attempting to say! 

If you have an amazing Vertical Jump and your rebound percentage in basketball is your greatest athletic strength, send video of your training session at Champion’s QUEST working on your explosive power -and- then send another video of all our rebounds from last weekend’s basketball tournament.

Competing against athletes across the entire nation for a spot on a college team can be daunting and scary, so be creative and show the College Coaches you deserve that scholarship on the team and you have the athletic ability to help their athletic program.

Check out Coach Brittany’s video as she displays an athlete’s Greatest Athletic Strength: POWER in her recent training session.

Notice how the clips are short and straight to the point: POWER! Coach Brittany gave a short intro and exit to open the video. It is a great idea for athletes to give a quick intro introducing themselves (name, graduation year, sport, position, team name, high school) -and- state what the college coach is about to view.

Remember, it’s great to show off your Athletic Strengths! Go get that College Scholarship!

BRITTANY GONZALES COLLEGE RECRUITING

Long Toss: Building Better Throwing Athletes Part 1

Long Toss is one of those topics in the baseball world that is highly debated for many reasons. On one side, it is argued that long toss puts un-necessary stress on the arm, while reinforcing bad mechanics, and ultimately does not translate to velocity on the mound. Today, I am going to start an in-depth series breaking down this throwing program, and explain why I am a believer. To me, there are so many factors that make long toss a beneficial addition to your velocity training program.53a8f307e9e23-image

First, let me start by saying that baseball is one of the more uninformed sports in the world today. This sport has relied on traditions, values, and methods for quite a number of years, many of which are simply not backed by science. One of those ideologies, which has run rampant, is this idea that every pitcher only has a set number of “bullets” to use over the course of their career. With this ideology, it is encouraged to do as little throwing as possible, and save your arm from its impending doom. To me, this is just the blind leading the blind. In what sport, category, or profession can you ever expect to “not practice” your actual craft, and make improvements/ set yourself up for injury prevention?! If you think about it from a sport by sport perspective, EVERY OTHER SPORT, endorses advancement by the act of throwing, kicking, or shooting rigorously within the same movement pattern, with the same equipment to achieve results. So why is throwing a baseball (In America) any different?CC Sabathia

To me, there is one American-specific condition that sheds a lot of light on throwing phobia, and it is the fact that we are completely front-side dominant. This front side dominance is a major contributor to most throwing related injuries, which would also explain why people are cautious to let kids throw the baseball a lot. We are obsessed with the “glamor muscles” on our anterior side of the body. This includes our pecs, biceps, abdominals, quads, etc. Where we have neglected our bodies as throwing athletes is on the posterior side. This includes the back side of our rotator cuff, scap chain, lats, rhomboids, glutes, hamstrings, etc. This imbalance is important because it shows that as a culture we have bigger accelerator muscle groups than our “brakes” will allow. One of the easiest ways to expose this imbalance is by testing the internal rotation strength versus external rotation strength of the athlete.


My personal testing of young baseball athletes has shown that there is an approximate 1:4 deficiency in the decelerators of the shoulder to the accelerators, which is culturally instilled. Sometimes, this gap is even more! I’ve had a number of athletes that were closer to 1:10! What this shows me, is that the great majority of American throwing youngsters are driving Ferraris equipped with Prius brakes. What happens when you don’t have the brakes to match the horsepower? You either have to cruise at a sub maximal speed or you’ll likely crash at some point. The same can be said for these young throwers. This also shines light on
exactly why there is a phobia with athletes throwing a baseball as hard as they can. If you push your body’s limits without the proper structural integrity, you are asking for trouble.

average-mlb-fastball-velocityI am a firm believer that in order to throw the baseball hard, you have to go out on a regular basis and learn to throw hard… BY ACTUALLY THROWING THE BASEBALL HARD. When you push the envelope in your catch play, you are not always going to be perfect, but as long as you are making sound adjustments mechanically, you are re-wiring your body to be a quicker, more efficient athlete. This is quality practice, and there are many factual reasons why long toss is one of the most effective ways to develop elite throwers. If you are looking for positive gains in velocity, long toss is certainly one of the answers. However, you need to make sure you start developing the balance and strength in your rotator cuff that will be demanded of you when you hit the gas pedal on your training. We will start hashing out the nuts and bolts of why long toss is so effective next time. In the meantime, gentlemen, start mixing in a back/ pull day every now and then. Those biceps aren’t going to help you throw 90MPH.

Kyle Richter, CSCS, USAW, TPI

USC Baseball Alumni, BA Human Performance

“Must-do” 3 Methods to Contact College Coaches

Contacting College Coaches can be scary for a 16 year-old athlete. Often times, parents and athletes don’t know how to start the communication. 

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CJ Jacobs – CQ Alumni 2009 UCSB Lacrosse

The NCAA has very detailed, specific rules for communication between the College Coaches and prospective Student-Athletes to protect both the lives of the athletes and coaches. Different sports have different recruiting calendars that include:

  • Contact Period: College coaches may have face-to-face contact with athletes and parents, actively recruit the athlete, and write/call athletes or their parents.
  • Evaluation Period: Has the same rules as the Contact period; however, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with the athlete/parent off a college campus.
  • Quiet Period: College coaches may contact athlete/parents in-person, email, or phone; however, may not watch the athlete compete unless the competition is on their college campus.
  • Dead Period: College coaches may not contact in-person, email, or phone with the athlete/parent. They also cannot watch the athlete compete or visit their high school.

Check out Your Sport’s NCAA Div I and Div II Recruiting Calendar

There are loopholes around some of these rules and that is how you see Freshman and Sophomore athletes verbally commit to compete at a college. None-the-less, all Freshman to Senior athletes should follow these 3 “must-do” methods of contact with college coaches. 

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Emma Malsy – CQ Alumni 2016 Arizona State University

  1. Communication should start with an email introducing yourself, identifying the reason you are emailing them, your upcoming schedule, and the reason you should be recruited.

“How do I write an email to college coaches?”

2. Email communication should lead to a Phone Conversation with the coach to discuss the Athletics Program at the college, the lifestyle of a student-athlete, and their recruiting process. Athletes should have a list of questions to ask the coach and a notebook to jot down the answers.

“What do I say on the phone to college coaches?”   (Coming Soon)

3. After email and phone conversations, athletes should plan on meeting the coach in person. How does this happen? Athletes can meet and speak with college coaches on college campuses and at camps.

“What should I expect in an in-person conversation with a College Coach?”   (Coming Soon)

Congrats to all College and Professional Champion’s QUEST Alumni

BRITTANY GONZALES COLLEGE RECRUITING

Success Story: Billy Poe: “ An Athlete with a Heart”

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Billy has attended Champion’s Quest for over the last 6 months and his development has been fantastic. Billy, has achieved is a better athlete, a better student and is upholding the true meaning of a champion on and off the field. But what makes Billy truly unique is his innate sincerity towards others.

 

 

 

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Billy is the most polite, appreciative and thoughtful athlete that I have ever coached. For example, he always greets me with a smile, a high five and ends every private session no matter how difficult, with a simple,yet powerful statement, THANK YOU COACH REGGIE. Billy attends St. Hedwig’s where he is on the student council, plays baseball and recently made the football team for the upcoming season.

 

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Billy is an outstanding student, loves helping others and excels in mathematics. This type of commitment allows Billy to have fun, relax and that ’s where his athleticism begins to shine.  For example, Billy’s athleticism  has improved  leaps and bounds.  His performance is now a whopping + 297% since he began at Champion’s Quest. This is the result of commitment, hard work and focusing on getting better each and everyday.

 

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