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Lori filled the valuable 3rd party that I believe every swim family needs
Lori Payne proved to be worth far more than what was ever expected. In a process that can be highly sensitive among a spectrum of personalities, expectations and realities, Lori was excellent at helping navigate. Her depth of knowledge of the programs, coaches, and the pulse of what was going on in the swimming world provided a level of confidence that would have otherwise been impossible to have. While her position requires that she maintain a relationship on the school side of things along with the student/swimmer side of things, there was never any doubt that she was a steward and proponent of your swimmer, first.
Lori filled the valuable 3rd party that I believe every swim family needs at a certain point in the recruiting process - no matter what the circumstances are. Ultimately, she provided as much value to the parents in terms of having someone to talk to, as she did the swimmer himself. Lori was always highly responsive to any phone call, text or email.
Perhaps most of all, not only did our swimmer gain a friend and ally through this process as he enters his collegiate career, but our family did too.
We couldn’t have done this alone... Geoffrey and Barbara Smith
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Rick and the ACC team. We couldn’t have done this alone. We are so grateful for the insight, guidance, support, and commitment he provided Gavin with over the past two years. With Gavin’s ACC profile complete emails poured in and he had a vast selection of suitable University and College options to explore. Rick helped tremendously in narrowing those opportunities and in finding a team that would not only suit his athletic ability but would also fit with his academic goals.
We are thrilled with Gavin’s verbal agreement to the University of Wyoming! Rick's help all along the way has made our son's college recruitment process successful and smooth.
We highly recommend Rick Paine and ACC!
Geoffrey and Barbara Smith
Our son gained confidence.....Dana Larson
ACC played a crucial role in helping our son find the right school. He educated us about the process, made contacts with coaches, and coached our son about how to be successful in his conversations with schools. We didn’t know where to begin, and we ended the process not only with the right school, but our son gained confidence from his interviews that will benefit him in the classroom and in his career.
ACC Recruits is very well connected to the college swim community...Denise Robbi
The coaches at ACC Recruits are very well connected to the college swim community; they know all of the coaches personally. As a result of ACC’s outreach, our son spoke with about a dozen different swim coaches from the Fall of his junior year through the Spring of his senior year. The ACC team also advised him on presenting himself and selling his potential. He ultimately decided to swim for Lafayette College’s D1 team.
Overall, we were pleased with the help that the ACC team provided our son over the course of his college search, and appreciated ACC’s emphasis on academics first.
ACC guided our girls, and us as parents, every step of the way
Rick at ACC recruiting helped both of our daughters find the right colleges and swim programs for them. Searching for a college is expansive and stressful, and can be even more so for an athlete. ACC guided our girls, and us as parents, every step of the way and helped us to understand what to expect. Their guidance really helped our family narrow down what was important to our family and how to proceed. Their knowledge of the process, the schools, school programs and swim programs is so helpful in streamlining the search for the right college. Thank you ACC!
The Wilke Family
ACC team also helps kids to fine tune their communication skills
Navigating college search is not easy especially from far away as India. Rick Paine not only helped us navigate this maze but also find a perfect fit college for our daughter. As a former swimming coach himself, Rick has unique and deep insight into how coaches think and expect. He brings decades of rich experience and relentlessly offers a choice of options. He and his team are extremely passionate, caring and enthusiastic to work with young men and women. Besides college fitment, ACC team also helps kids to fine tune their communication skills, to prepare for college, and to align themselves towards their goals. We could not have done this without Rick and his team at ACC. Thank you! Kaushal
The one thing that remained consistent and stable over time was the excellent support and council we received from the ACC
Trusting you are well and safe. As I'm writing this email, Henju is flying into the USA to start his swimming scholarship at the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I think we started the process with yourself and American College Connection approximately 3 years ago and, as things go, we had our ups and downs. Eventually it is happening!
The one thing that remained consistent and stable over time was the excellent support and council we received from the ACC. I cannot imagine we could have done this without you especially given our own challenges and realities. Thank you!! I would like to share specific highlights:
- ACC's prompt responses - always!
- ACC's wide network of connections
- Your council which was always honest and straightforward
- Your patience when we were extremely slow in our own responses
- The quality of your support services, e.g., Video reworks, SAT guidance, etc
We can recommend the ACC wholeheartedly and we believe the investment with the ACC was absolutely worth it. Thank you again!
Derik, Karin and Henju Duvenhage
ACC has been an invaluable service to our family during the recruiting process - The Reno's
ACC has been an invaluable service to our family during the recruiting process. It's their knowledge of the whole process that gave us confidence. Their expertise, professional experience and contact within the college swimming world was invaluable. Donny was open, honest and professional in all aspects of the recruiting process. I can say with confidence that Rick, Donny and the entire staff at ACC have your families best interest at heart. They strive to guide and assist you through every step, from choosing schools, narrowing that list, contacting coaches, guidance on how to talk to coaches and get the most for your student athlete. We consider them family and look forward to working with them for the next 5 years.
The moment I signed with American College Connection the emails started to pour in. The calls started. ~Marlene Bruckner, Diving Parent
Hi Folks. I'm a mom of a diver from Canada. I got a referral from a friend of mine who knew Rick. I called him and was a little skeptical about paying and hiring Rick. After I called him I was impressed and thrilled to hear about his expertise. The moment I signed with American College Connection the emails started to pour in. The calls started. I couldn't believe it. I heard other parents saying they use YouTube and other ideas. I'm so happy that I didn't do that route. We heard from a lot of great schools. Tons of them. From that moment on Rick and his great team were there to help Tereza and I go down this crazy adventure. He guided us and gave us wonderful advice.
Tereza received over 4.2 million dollars in scholarships.
She chose a wonderful university. If you are asking as I did: is ACC's fee really worth it? Well after that amount I just stated, after guiding her and helping her on her act tests, helping Tereza ask great questions to coaches. Tereza's next chapter in her life is PRICELESS!! Did I mention A full ride? One more thing that was great for me as a mom was that Rick insisted on manners go a long way. Rick was totally accurate on that. The coaches were thrilled that Tereza used great manners. Pick up the phone and call Rick and his great team. It's 100% worth it for yr child's future! Thank you. Marlene Bruckner
Using ACC to help us navigate and weed through different schools took loads of that stress off of me, and my boys too. ~ Laura Blinkman
The recruiting process is a nerve-wracking time for the kids. And the parents. Most of us know nothing about it, except maybe some bits and pieces that we’ve heard from others who have gone through it. With no information or knowledge about this process, it can be extremely stressful. We don’t know anything about college coaches, their coaching styles, the team atmosphere. Using ACC to help us navigate and weed through different schools took loads of that stress off of me, and my boys too.
I signed up with ACC when the boys were sophomores. I was early in the game, but I would do it EXACTLY the same way. Rick kept telling me it’s a marathon, and he was right. With ACC, we had our timeline, knew what to expect. But as the clock keeps ticking, if you aren’t prepared, it will become a sprint for you.
You have one chance to get it right. As parents, we invest in expensive suits, all our family time is devoted to weekend swim meets, traveling constantly, spending money on hotels. How can we NOT get the help we need in that last step, college commitment.
Two boys, two different levels of swimming. Same dream of swimming at the collegiate level. Rick Paine was able to successfully help each of them, in different ways, with the same outcome. Both will be swimming at the collegiate level, each on a team that is the perfect fit. I highly recommend taking that last step, investing in your swimmer, by using ACC! Thanks Rick!
Thank you !! -Eve and Chris Vogt
We would’ve never known about the amazing opportunities that Ohio university has to offer without the help of Rick Paine and American College Connections, thank you!” -Eve and Chris Vogt
Richard Sybesma Former Head Coach Texas Christian University Former Olympic Head Coach
American College Connection is an awesome resource for swimmers, parents and College Swimming and Diving Coaches. The work you do and help you give to both prospects and College Coaches is huge.”
Former Head Coach
Texas Christian University
Former Olympic Head Coach
Coach Sybesma has been regarded as one of the finest coaches in college swimming for many years. He is the longest tenured coach at TCU- 38 years. He was an Olympic Head Coach in 1996 and he was a 7 time Conference Coach of the Year in two different conferences.
The money we spent on recruiting with ACC was well worth it and ended up paying for itself in scholarship money.
I want to thank you for all you have done to help my daughter, Anna. Lori and Rick were invaluable in the work they did to help Anna secure a spot on Colorado School of Mines swim team. I must admit that I came to the table a little late at the end of her junior year of high school. I was very unaware of the time and effort it takes to find not only the right college but also the right team for my daughter. By the time I found ACC, I was completely overwhelmed and needless to say, in over my head. The money we spent on recruiting with ACC was well worth it and ended up paying for itself in scholarship money. By the time Anna finished her profile on their site, she had a little over 80 coaches from around the country contacting her. Lori helped tremendously in narrowing those opportunities and in finding a team that would not only suit her athletic ability but would also fit with her academic goals. Unfortunately, Anna sustained an injury during her senior year. Lori kept in contact with us through the recovery process and helped with advice and encouragement. I am not sure what the outcome would have been without ACC. If I had to do it over again, I would do the exact same thing (just sooner).
Thank you, Rick and Lori!
Thank you, Lori and ACC!
My daughter, Kara, only decided to continue to swim in college at the beginning of her junior year in high school. We were not familiar with the collegiate athletic system at all and apprehensive about the process. Lori Payne’s introduction seminar shed some light on the process and immediately solidified our path forward. Lori was very patient and thorough in guiding Kara through the entire process. She was able to build trust with Kara and she is very upfront about setting realistic goals in finding the right fit for academic and swim programs. She was very responsive and encouraging. Without her and American College Connection Recruiting, we wouldn’t know how we could help Kara through the ups and downs of the recruiting. Best of all, she also enforced Kara’s work ethics of taking accountability for everything she does in the process. We couldn’t be happier that Kara committed to swim for MIT. Thank you, Lori and ACC!
Yan and Ken Zhang
Rick Paine & the ACC Team significantly increased the odds of a successful outcome for us. We definitely could not have achieved this on our own
Our decision to work with Rick Paine and his team at ACC Recruits was undoubtedly the best decision we made.
We started out with very little insight into the US College system and the opportunity set available to our son Michael (we live in South Africa)
We were overwhelmed. We did not even know where or how to start. Our very first conversation confirmed that ACC has the experience, depth and quality relationships to help us navigate the recruiting journey. We gained additional comfort from the idea that they were committed for the long-haul (all the way until the end of our son's college career)
We have just completed the first part of that journey. We are delighted with the outcome.
Our son recently made a verbal commitment to the University of Tennessee. We could not have done it without the advice and educational support of ACC.
Our son was fortunate enough to have serious interest from numerous top Colleges. The interest and offers started virtually immediately and momentum increased significantly in 2017. A potentially arduous task of sifting through the various offers was made easy ....thanks to ACC!!!
We wanted to finalize the decision before the start of his senior year of high school (to enable him to focus on his academic year, without the looming uncertainty over College choices)
In 2017 and early 2018, Rick came alongside us and helped to reduce the number to 4 Colleges that best fit our son's profile ACC offered
We subsequently reduced this to a short-list of 3 Colleges. ACC arranged for us to visit each College and Rick's practical advice (and wisdom) made the eventual experience a very enjoyable one. The benefit of having ACC in our corner cannot be overstated - we were able to focus on the key inputs for decision-making and the College Coaches have such a high regard for Rick, that our interactions were free of negotiation games.
We look forward to the next stage - Rick and the team remain an integral part of our journey
Sam and Colleen Houlie
JB Barr- Head Coach Sarpy County Swim Team
“We have been utilizing ACC recruits for several years now. Many of our swimmers have benefitted greatly from working with Rick and his staff. They are professional, prompt, and extremely helpful. They best part is, they really know how to fit an athlete with the best school for him or her!”
JB Barr- Head Coach Sarpy County Swim Team and parent of two sons who worked with ACC
Lori helped us understand the very complex process of recruitment
We enjoyed working with Lori Payne and ACC Recruits. She built a great relationship with our son and was always available to answer questions via text, email, and phone. Lori helped us understand the very complex process of recruitment to swim at the college level. She helped our son contact coaches and was always willing to call them on his behalf. Lori was always up-to-date on his swim progress and even traveled to watch him swim live. Our son is thrilled with his plans to swim at Division 1 college in the fall.
The Patterson Family
ACC was instrumental in guiding our swimmer to find the perfect fit -Tanya Zoebelein
I just can't imagine how we could have done it without Rick Paine and American College Connection. As Canadians, the process is particularly overwhelming. At first, we attempted to take on the recruiting process by ourselves, but quickly realized that we were in way over our heads. Once we hit that wall, I called Rick, and immediately exhaled, knowing that ACC was the answer. Within a week, our daughter was flooded with a long list of interested colleges - which Rick helped her work through. From academic advice to communication tips with coaches, ACC was instrumental in guiding our swimmer to find the perfect fit. We are delighted with the results.
Donny will put your college bound swimmer where the fit is right if you trust his many years of experience. - David Edelman
I would like to share our appreciation of American College Connection and especially Donny Brush. Donny was very helpful from the start. We knew that Donny was a former collegiate coach with IU and is a talented coach that loves the sport of swimming. Knowing that,my wife and I felt comfortable with Donny handling our daughter's college recruiting process. Our daughter Lauren and Donny worked together very well. Our daughter had a lot of opportunities to swim at top colleges because she is a national swimmer. But that can create complex issues too. Distance from home, money, course choices , travel , campus safety, USA Swimming.... Donny knows personally every head coach at the colleges we were interested in and what they are good at coaching. Our daughter is an IMer so we were interested in coaches that would be good in IM. Donny will put your college bound swimmer where the fit is right if you trust his many years of experience. He has the best intentions. The price we paid for American College Connection was money well spent.
David Edelman Go Cats!
Rick's help all along the way has made our daughter's college search process successful and smooth - Dale and Rebecca Carter
We are so grateful to have found Rick Paine and ACC! Over the past 2 years, Rick has been a great source of accurate information, sage advice and enthusiastic support. He has taken the time to get to know our daughter and our family - what is important to us, her hopes and dreams, what motivates her in her academics and her swimming. As a result of this relationship, he was able to help our daughter work through an unexpected coach and team transition last year. His calm, wise words and his years of experience gave her confidence that she would be just fine. Rick has been there to help all of us in whatever way we needed, even when it wasn't directly related to the college recruiting process.
Our daughter had a great junior year and attracted interest from many top college programs. Since Rick had already been working with us, she was well prepared to talk to coaches and to begin narrowing her focus so that she could manage the process instead of becoming stressed and overwhelmed by it. We are glad that we began working with Rick early so that she was ready when the coaches started contacting her. Because of his help, during her recruiting conversations she was able to present herself well to the coaches and gain valuable information about the colleges and teams. After that, she was able to decide which colleges she was still interested in and which did not seem to be a good fit. Rick advised her on how to convey that to the coaches in a sincere and positive way.
Our daughter is very happy with the way she managed the recruiting process. She was offered excellent scholarships at several top colleges, and it came down to a difficult choice between her top 2 schools. Again, Rick was there to talk her through the options to make the best decision for her. She ended up making an early verbal commitment in the late spring of her junior year. She is thrilled with her college choice and is enjoying a swim-focused summer without any recruiting distractions.
Rick's help all along the way has made our daughter's college search process successful and smooth. We highly recommend Rick Paine and ACC!
Dale and Rebecca Carter