The college athletic recruiting process can be daunting for high school students, parents, coaches, athletic directors, and school counselors. Dealing with the maze of NCAA, NAIA, NCCAA, and NJCAA rules and contacting coaches to obtain an athletic scholarship can feel overwhelming.
Looking for a FULL RIDE? provides a true insider’s perspective on recruiting. It walks you through the process of becoming a college student-athlete. Coach Renee Lopez draws upon her 14 years of college coaching experience and with the insight of 65 college coaches and athletic directors from NCAA Division I to Junior College in 19 different sports across the United States. She also interviewed another 25 college admissions personnel, compliance staff, and executive directors to help educate families. This book shows you how to:
- Demonstrate the qualifications coaches seek in recruits.
- Encourage a coach to attend an athletic event to evaluate a student-athlete.
- Stand out in the crowd in video links, at recruiting camps, and college showcase tournaments.
- Understand recruiting rules including signing and eligibility procedures.
- Navigate the overall application, financial aid, and commitment process.
- Learn the differences in the recruiting process for an international or homeschooler and those seeking a faith-based college experience.
Twenty-year veteran Coach Renee Lopez speaks throughout the United States and internationally, educating student-athletes, parents, coaches, and administrators on the college recruiting process. Her coaching experience includes stints with NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, high school varsity and club teams. She also served as a Director of Coaching for a youth club, been an Athletic Director, and oversaw NCAA Division II Compliance for 13 sports.
After her college athletic career, she earned her graduate degree in Exercise Sport Science/Sport Management at the University of Florida while on staff with a NCAA Elite Eight team. From 2005 to 2009, Coach Renee led a NCAA Division II program from a 3-12-2 record to back-to-back 11-win seasons. This achievement brought her Coach of the Year honors, her team earned academic awards, and she had all-conference players, including an All-American. She then catapulted into an NCAA Division I Head Coaching position and had another record-breaking season.
A heartfelt call led to coaching at Christian colleges for four years, where she advanced her teams to regional championships and produced two more All-Americans and many more all-conference awards. She has spoken at numerous Fellowship of Christian Athletes events, written articles for the National Christian Colleges Athletic Association, and the National Alliance for Youth Sports. Her work has been featured in various media outlets including ESPN Radio, Sirius XM, USA Weekly, Tackling College Sports, and WECoach.
Coach Renee owns RL Academy, is the Director of the College Athlete Recruiting Education (C.A.R.E.) program, and has over 40 blogs on recruiting. She is also a certified speaker and trainer on leadership development and creating positive teams for the John Maxwell Team, Jon Gordon Company, 3Dimensional Coaching, and the Positive Coaching Alliance. She is licensed with the United Soccer Coaches and the United States Soccer Federation.
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