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Recruiting seminar open to public at CPHS on Sept. 15

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Sep. 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm with No Comments »
September 8, 2011 12:25 pm

Navigating the world of college athletics recruiting can be intimidating and tricky. Unless an athlete is a super-elite prospect, you’re going to have to do some work — putting together videos, contacting schools, etc. — to get noticed.

Being informed about the process is vitally important to get a head-start. So, I wanted to pass along information about a recruiting seminar that will be at Clover Park High School on Sept. 15. The event is open to people from all school districts.

Here’s the press release I received:

National keynote speaker, Jack Renkens of Recruiting Realities will bring his unique, no-nonsense presentation on college athletic recruiting to the Clover Park HS Performing Arts Center, Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 pm. “It’s a Game… Know the Rules” is guaranteed to serve as a reality check for families of student-athletes looking to get their degree and play at the college level. Jack’s 45-minute presentation is free and open to the public.

Entering his 16th year touring the United States, Jack Renkens has established himself as one of the top athletic/motivational speakers in the nation, presenting at state athletic conferences, football clinics, college financial planing groups, sports camps and high schools from coast to coast. He speaking tour includes over 170 high schools each year, with enrollments from 250 to 2500 students. As a former high school/college coach and athletic director, Jack is also a featured newspaper columnist, having written over 7 books on the recruiting process.

Jack’s message is never sugar-coated. “It may not be what some parents want to hear, but it is definitely what they need to hear. I’m primarily trying to get families to be realistic about the opportunities that are available and to get them to understand it’s about getting your education, not about hitting the ball, kicking the ball, throwing the ball. It’s about finding the right match academically.”

One of the many realities Jack details is the high expectations of many athletes and parents when it comes to having sports pay for a college education. “There are a lot of student-athletes out there and less than 1 percent are going to a Division 1 school,” he said. “However you’ve got 99 percent of kids out there that can play at the college level in divisions other than D1. The key is finding the right school and financial aid package.”

“Student-athletes need to come to terms with three basic realities,” Jack said.

– Number one is, you don’t get to pick the school. They pick you.
– Number two. A college coach can’t recruit you if he/she doesn’t know who you are. Student-athletes need to market themselves.”
– Number three. Don’t get hung up on the words ‘athletic scholarship.’ Focus on one word, ‘funding.’ Funding that is composed of academic money, merit money, grants, endowment and achievement money.

Parents have the opportunity to hear the truth about college athletic recruiting, the role of their high school coach, the impact of today’s social media and where parents fit into the process. If your son or daughter is serious about getting a college degree and passionate about the sport they play, this is an event you can’t afford to miss.”

For more on Renken’s presentation, check the Recruiting Realities web site at To see him in action, search Jack Renkens on

Here’s a link to more information for the event.

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