Hi, my name is Coach Gil Moody, and would like to welcome you all to an ongoing series called: “College Recruiting”. To gain a better insight on this topic, I have reached out to several formal: High School Athlete’s that are currently playing collegiate sports or had played and now have graduated from college. Below is one of these interviews.
Please welcome Jenna Dougherty
Sport: Women’s Lacrosse
Hometown: Moorestown, N.J.
High School: Moorestown H.S.
Three-year letter winner and starter for head coaches Deanna and KC Knobloch … Helped team win the state championship three times … Selected as the Midfielder Player of the Year in South Jersey as a senior … Also earned honorable mention All-America and Academic All-America honors in 2010 … Scored her 100th career goal during her senior season … Earned multiple honors as a junior and senior, including: first-team Burlington County Scholastic League, first-team All-South Jersey, All-Burlington County, All-Group Three, All-Group Three South Jersey and second-team all-state … Wore #51 (legacy lacrosse number at Moorestown) for three years … Four-year letter winner and starter in field hockey … Captained the team as a senior … Helped team win the state championship as a freshman … Earned multiple postseason awards, including first-team all-South Jersey honors as a senior … Academic All-American … Graduated with High Honors … Member of the Honor Roll three years … Member of the Honors Service and Society … Served as a Sunday School teacher for fourth graders.
Q: What College are you currently attending or have graduated from?
A: I graduated from the College of William and Mary this past May and will be returning in August for my Masters of Accounting.
Q: What sports were you recruited for, and played in College? Did you play more than one sport in College?
A: I was recruited to play field hockey and lacrosse in college, but chose to play just lacrosse.
Q: Did you play more than one sport in High School, and if so which sports were they?
A: I played field hockey and lacrosse in high school.
Q: What preparations did you take to research what colleges you were interested in?
A: I talked a lot with older players from my high school about their experiences with the recruiting process. I also made a list of what was of high priority to me when looking at schools and was able to narrow the list down based on who was interested in me and my priorities (academics, lacrosse, social life, location).
Q: Have you heard of College Board, and have you used it? Was it helpful in your college selection process?
A: No, I haven’t heard of College Board.
Q: What kind of advice did your coach and or guidance counselor gave you about researching and selecting a college?
A: I mainly received my advice from older players and from my parents, but my coaches were highly involved in helping me get recruited. They reached out to any school that I was interested in.
Q: What advice did your parents give you to help throughout your college selection process?
A: The main thing that my parents stressed was to go to a school with the best academics possible. They also wanted me to find a school that would be the right fit, where I didn’t be overwhelmed on the lacrosse field, in the classroom, or in general. My parents were great at helping me find the right fit and went on all of my college visits.
Q: Were you under the impression that it was your coach’s responsibility to get you recruited? If so, where did you get that impression from?
A: No, I wasn’t. My high school coaches had a lot of their players recruited, so I knew that they could help me. Ultimately, however, I knew it was up to myself to pursue playing in college.
Q: Did you attend any college summer camps? How many did you attend, and do you believe that it help you get recruited?
A: Yes, I attended around 2-3 summer camps each summer. I also played on a club lacrosse team that had a bunch of tournaments along the East Coast. The camps and tournaments were the most important showcases to get recruited.
Q: Did your coach suggest that you attend college summer camps, and if so at what grade level did you start to attend?
A: My coach recommended doing as many summer camps as I could and were also my club coaches as well. I started doing summer camps when I was in middle school and did them through my senior year.
Q: There several recruiting services, and combine services, have you tried any of them, and do you think that they were helpful?
A: No, I haven’t tried any.
Q: What did you do to help yourself get recruited, and would you recommend the same to others?
A: I think the most important thing is to put yourself out there; reach out to college coaches that you are interested in, strive to get better at camps, do as many recruiting showcases as you can. And make sure you understand what is most important to you, whether that be academics or winning a national championship.
Q: What was the biggest surprise to you during the college recruiting process?
A: You have more power than you think you do!
Thank you Jenna Dougherty for sharing your college recruiting experiences with our readers. We would love to have you back to share what it is like to be a college athlete.