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Richard and Carol Hain, Parents
We sent out Karen’s profile and video to numerous colleges and did not receive any responses. With the help of ACC, Karen was contacted by more colleges than we knew what to do with, in all 55 schools from 28 states. It was a definite benefit having ACC put her profile and video in front of INTERESTED coaches, as none of this would have happened without their expertise.
ACC helped our second swimmer get most of her education paid for
"We went through the recruiting process by ourselves with our first daughter and used American College Connection with our second. We were not able to secure a scholarship with our first swimmer, but ACC helped our second swimmer get most of her education paid for. We are living proof that ACC is a great investment and I am reminded of that every time I write the tuition check for daughter #1."
We are so fortunate that we found you - Mandy and Deepak
Dear Rick,On behalf of our daughter and ourselves we want to thank you for all that you did to assist us in the recruiting process so our daughter can swim at agreat Division 1 school. Your knowledge about swimming, the schools, theprograms and coaches was invaluable to us. You also were able to open upher opportunities to schools that we had not considered. She receivedemails from many coaches and schools within a very short time of being onthe ACC website. The way you taught us all to approach the recruitingprocess and how to speak with coaches and other swimmers was truly helpful.The scholarships she was offered were as a direct result of your work.You also motivated and encouraged our daughter through the swimming season,making the process less stressful. You focused on her strengths and helpedher to achieve her goals. The links and supporting documents that you sentus were very helpful to her and opened her eyes to consider things we hadnot thought of before such as preparing for official visits, factors toconsider and also getting ready for first year. You gave us differentperspectives and really made us think about what is important to ourdaughter and what was the best fit for her. You also kept us updated andstayed with us throughout the process even after she had selected a school.We are so fortunate that we found you through a recommendation from our clubteam coach and we would highly recommend you and ACC to any swimmerinterested in swimming in the USA at any of the division levels. We lookforward to keeping you updated on her progress and happiness which we aresure will continue throughout the next 4 years.Thanks again for everything,Mandy and Deepak
Finding Rick and ACC was an absolute Godsend! - CD and AJ Boon
Finding Rick and ACC was an absolute godsend! We had initial contacts with some American Colleges but the choice out there was mind boggling for us!
Rick initially spoke to us in detail about our son, to find out what his College and Swimming needs were for the next four years. He was clearly genuinely interested in ensuring our son got the best ‘fit’ in all areas. Rick sent out our son’s credentials and we then sat back and watched the emails drop in! Within a matter of days we had Skype calls booked, telephone calls booked and email exchanges going back and forth with Colleges genuinely keen to recruit our son!
With Rick’s guidance, the Colleges were narrowed down and our son received just over $400,000 of scholarship offers! An incredible achievement. Rick then continued to work closely with our son – giving good, clear, unbiased advice and guidance at all times. He was also at the end of the phone every time our son called him – which was a huge advantage based on the fact we had a transatlantic time difference to contend with as well!
When our son made his final choice, Rick then continued to help him to ask the right last few questions, and to then contact the other Coaches to thank them all for their interest.
Rick has been a strong partner in this period for our son choosing his next stage of swimming and education career – and will no doubt be on board for the rest of the ride over the next four years. Thank you Rick!
CD and AJ Boon
Instead of giving you a fish, they teach you how to fish - Adrian and Narcisa German (proud parents of Celina German, two time USA Swimming Scholastic All America, and Kenyon Lady class of 2021)
Choosing a college is a momentous and stressful process for both students and parents. It's a huge commitment that tries to balance cost, academics and campus life; without discipline it can easily lead to paralysis by analysis. For the student athlete the complexity only increases with the additional degrees of freedom and wide variety of collegiate athletic programs. While choosing a college needs to be a smart business decision, and a wise investment, in reality students and parents don't go through this often enough to have the experience needed for making optimal decisions. In this respect American College Connection was truly a godsend for us. They are a unique recruiting education program: their expertise is second to none (all their specialists are former division I college coaches and Olympic coaches); they know all college coaches and all programs at all schools; they'll give you timely, truly invaluable, advice on everything (including things you didn't even know you needed to know); they even help with SAT/ACT preparation; they'll guide your steps through the entire process and they'll customize each step to your specific situation in ways you didn't think was possible. But what makes them absolutely unique is that eventually they'll educate YOU into making the decision that is best for you. Instead of giving you a fish, they teach you how to fish; and then, they continue to back you up throughout your collegiate career with any advice and assistance you may need." -- Adrian and Narcisa German (proud parents of Celina German, two time USA Swimming Scholastic All America, and Kenyon Lady class of 2021)
Their connections are what make ACC special
"It seems like these guys know every college coach in the country. Their connections are what make ACC special. They are the experts when it comes to collegiate athletics and they offer a huge recruiting advantage for anyone utilizing their program."
You have enriched Deanna's life in a way that nobody else could have done for her. - Carl Simonson
I can't thank you enough for what you have done for Deanna. She is so happy, training better than ever and very much looking forward to her future now. I am sure you are aware of the impact that you have on your client's lives, I just want you to know that you have enriched Deanna's life in a way that nobody else could have done for her.
I think of the next 4-5 years of her schooling, swimming and life experience and again can't quite come up with the words to express the importance of your role in her future.
Thank you very much, if there is anything I can do for you please don't hesitate to ask!
Olympian Swim Club
I fell in love with Rice - Nicole
Hey Rick, Just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate all that you have done. Without you I would have never visited Rice and fell in love with it. Thank you so much!! Nicole
Division II Head Coach...
"Kids in rural areas of the US don't have a prayer of being seen by college coaches. The American College Connection is their only hope."
Craig Knoell, swimming father
"ACC really helped Carly focus on what she wanted and needed in a college - both academically and athletically. Rick personally assisted her in making contacts with coaches throughout the country which provided her with a wide variety of recruiting visits. His attention to detail including a web-based personal profile and athletic results link, in addition to the vast network of contacts, opened many windows of opportunity. This resulted in Carly making a school selection that truly was a "best fit" for her".
Division I, Head Coach
"Everybody and his brother think they can start a scouting company and yet they have no idea what college coaches want or need. We stopped using them because they don't know what they are doing. American College Connection is the only one we will use because ya'll are former coaches who understand college athletics."
Rick knows the coaches and their styles
We got started late in the game. We contacted Rick Paine in early-August going into our daughter’s senior year of high school. We thought we had a handle on what to do. After booking an expensive East Coast tour of campuses for mid-August, we called ACC. In 15-minutes, Rick reviewed our route and gave us a run-down on which of the campuses were a good fit and why or why not. Rick knows the coaches and their styles, the swim times each requires, which coaches will give your swimmer optimal attention and what campuses tend to provide relevant financial assistance or not. In addition, Rick was helpful bringing us up to speed on the recruitment process. He helped us put together a very nice profile that he sent to many colleges on our daughter’s behalf, and guided her in the types of questions she should be asking of prospective coaches. We appreciated being able to pick up the phone, talk to Rick directly, and get our newest round of questions answered and concerns alleviated. His wealth of knowledge and database of information saved us a lot of time and energy. He’s a warm and friendly individual who seems to genuinely care about our daughter. We’re very happy that we’ve had a chance to work with him and would highly recommend him to others.
Dan & Gaylynn Firth
Swim Parents / California
This would not be possible without your help
Hello Rick, I know I've been missed this past months but I have always been thinking about writing to you. Well, Im finally doing it haha... I just wanted to let you know that Im very happy with my academic, swimming, and personal status at this moment. I did very well last semester in school scoring a 3.8 GPA being the best male student-athlete of the team. Regarding swimming, we went to Canada and we swam pretty good, also, I made the national team in the past sc meters world championship in Istambul,Turkey where I broke the 100 free Mexican record. To be honest since last semester I started to feel improvement in my swimming not only mentally but physically. Sam is such a great coach exactly how you described him. So, as you can see Im really happy with the decision I took coming here. This would not be possible without your help and for that reason I just wanted to say thank you !
But......................... as you and I know, this is only the beginning and Im looking forward for more challenges.
Hope you are doing well,
sincerely very thankful,
Brian Ruse, Parent
"Before I signed on with ACC, I tried to attract interest by doing it all myself. The response was minimal. Once I went with ACC, almost immediately the expressions of interest started pouring in by the dozen. I would estimate that we heard from a total of over 60 schools. Tim was being offered athletic scholarships with a total value over four years, which was 50 times greater than the amount we paid to ACC. Looking at it this way, how many investments are you aware of with the potential to return 50 times or more in comparison to your initial outlay?"
You really are the best at what you do! - Elizabeth Redmond
Lawrence is “deep in his bones” happy – He’s just on top of the moon.
We owe you so very much….this opportunity at Emory would have never been possible without your support – I sincerely mean this – you made all the difference!
Lawrence will compose a formal thank you soon – but I want you to know – you are terrific at what you do – and you have been a terrific resource for our family.
We are sincerely grateful.
Lawrence is great at keeping in touch with former coaches – so I am sure he will keep you updated over the next four years.
Take care – and let’s stay in touch.
You really are the best at what you do!
Jan Bidrman, Canadian Olympic Coach, 2000 Olympics
"I had a wonderful collegiate experience in the U.S. which has led me to the coaching profession, and my coaching experience has been extremely rewarding. Now is the time for you to start the process to come to the U.S. to swim in college and American College Connection will provide you the best possible guidance in completing the process."
Kyle Seeback, former Canadian National Team Member and practicing Attorney.
"American College Connection offers programs that no one else does and that every high school athlete needs. As a former collegiate athlete, I know how frightening it can be to try to find a school by yourself. ACC's co-founders played a vital role in helping me locate the right university."
Division II Head Coach
"I talked with one of your clients last night and we actually carried on a conversation. He told me how you instructed him on how to talk with college coaches on the phone. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with him and because of your advice he moves to the top of my recruiting list. I am truly impressed with ACC"
Gene Manweiler, Parent of a Client, Hoisington, Kansas
"Your service is great! We couldn't have asked for you to anymore than you did. We couldn't be happier and we'd recommend your service to anyone."
Randy Pirner, High School Principal, Elk Point, South Dakota
"Many times big time programs overlook athletes in less populated states like South Dakota, and that is a mistake. I know that we have great student-athletes in our state that could participate at the Division I level if only they could get recognized. ACC is how this can happen."