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 Emma Phillips
Position: Breaststroke/Individual Medley
Hometown: Hurdle Mills, NC
High School: Cresset Christian Academy
Attended Cresset Christian Academy … Swam for the North Carolina Aquatic Club … Garnered Scholastic All-American consideration … Member of the senior sectional team her sophomore and junior seasons.
Q: What College are you currently attending or have graduated from?
A: Greensboro College (Pride), NCAA Division III, ODAC Conference
Q: What sports were you recruited for, and played in College? Did you play more than one sport in College?
A: Recruited for swimming and cross country; chose swimming for college
Q: Did you play more than one sport in High School, and if so which sports were they?
A: Swimming, cross country, softball
Q: What preparations did you take to research what colleges you were interested in?
A: I mainly followed older swimmers on my club team; Division I programs were ideal, not many people talked about DII or DIII much less NAIA, etc.
Q: Have you heard of College Board, and have you used it? Was it helpful in your college selection process?
A: I did not use College Board for advice during my college selection process, but now, as a college coach, I have spoken to many athletes who do use it as a resource.
Q: What kind of advice did your coach and or guidance counselor gave you about researching and selecting a college?
A: I don’t remember much advice shared other than to not be afraid to put myself out there and contact coaches. I only contacted one coach (UNCW) and they have me on their watch list, though I decided not to pursue them further.
Q: What advice did your parents give you to help throughout your college selection process?
A: My mom was a big advocate for keeping options open and target smaller schools. Based on my high school size (very small), she thought I might fit in better at a smaller, possibly private school…for academics and athletics. I was set on going big and public.
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: I did think that my coaches would help me more than they did, however I was not educated on the whole process so I was naiive to assume that. As a coach now, I am recognizing that there needs to be more education and guidance in club swimming when it comes to swimmers preparing for 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: I went to UVA swim camp three or four years in a row, but that was before the age of 12 and I don’t think that helped in recruitment.
Q: Did your coach suggest that you attend college summer camps, and if so at what grade level did you start to attend?
A: No, but I wish I had known that that was a great option to get yourself out there.
Q: There several recruiting services, and combine services, have you tried any of them, and do you think that they were helpful?
A: I didn’t use any outside recruiting services to get my name out there. As a coach now, I am realizing how helpful those services are because unless you know the athlete personally, it is hard to know who to reach out to.
Q: What did you do to help yourself get recruited, and would you recommend the same to others?
A: When I transferred to Greensboro (from Gardner Webb University, Division I), I made sure the coach knew who I was and what my goals and expectations were. I also wanted to know his, to make sure that we had similar interests. The fit was right, so I ended up there, but I stress to my swimmers now that it is important to find your fit and do your research; not just expect college coaches to come to you.
Q: What was the biggest surprise to you during the college recruiting process?
A: The biggest surprise was that there are schools out there other than Stanford, UVA, UNC, Duke, etc. I don’t know if I would have ended up at GC if I had taken a different route following high school graduation, but I would advise future swimmers/athletes to not be afraid of looking at lower NCAA DI, DII, and DIII schools.
Thank you Emma Phillips 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.