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William J McDonald, Batavia, New York

William J McDonald, Batavia, New York

"Since our initial contact in the summer of 2002 my son has received hundreds of personal letters from collages all over the USA with sincere interest in his athletic ability. We would never have had the time, resources or the connections it takes to manage this task and make it happen without the help of your company. Without these tools, we would have been a lost ball in high weeds. Also appreciated, is your straight from the hip talk you gave my son on how important his grades needed to be, his presentation of himself and all the tricks of the trade you passed our way. It was a huge help. The only regret I have is not having met you personally to thank you and shake your hand. Will look forward to that down the road and we'll keep you informed on the career in school."

L.B., volleyball

L.B., volleyball

"Wow this day has been amazing! 29 schools have contacted me on the first day! Thanks so much for all your hard work on this!"

Head Coach, Division I Volleyball

Head Coach, Division I Volleyball

"What a refreshing idea, honesty and integrity in a recruiting company. American College Connection is the only company I trust."

Rick was always available to answer questions, offer advice, and make recommendations. - Michele Skinner, parent

Rick was always available to answer questions, offer advice, and make recommendations. - Michele Skinner, parent

ACC helped us out so much during the recruitment process. Rick was always available to answer questions, offer advice, and make recommendations. Our son set a goal for himself, and Rick made sure he reached that goal. We couldn't have done it without ACC's help. There are so many factors to consider when going through the recruiting process, and Rick really listened to our son and knew how to streamline everything down to the best fit for both him and the school he signed to.

Coach Donny’s professional knowledge, good listening and a great sense of humor made us feel calm and prepared.

Coach Donny’s professional knowledge, good listening and a great sense of humor made us feel calm and prepared.

We would like to thank the ACC Recruit’s  team and especially coach Donny Brush for helping our daughter Amilia and us with great support and answering our many questions. She just recently signed an acceptance letter to a college and swim team of her dreams. This process taught our daughter to be open to different possibilities. She even visited colleges far from her home state. Even though college recruiting process made us pretty stressful at times, coach Donny’s professional knowledge, good listening and a great sense of humor made us feel calm and prepared. We look forward to updating coach Donny even after our daughter goes to Nova Southeastern University next year.

Michael and Sigita Nusbaum

They really focus on helping you find the perfect fit for your student-athlete.

They really focus on helping you find the perfect fit for your student-athlete.

“We are so grateful to ACC for their guidance during this recruiting process.  My son had so many opportunities available to him from across the US!!  They really focus on helping you find the perfect fit for your student-athlete.  We learned Division I is not always the best fit for everyone and the opportunities were endless for my son when we really looked into what Division II schools have to offer.  It all comes down to choosing a school for academic success first then finding that coach and team that will keep your swimmer motivated all four years.  The ACC staff really knows the ins and out of college swimming, which is a whole different level we knew nothing about.  We are grateful for their guidance and could not be happier with our son’s choice.”

Tracy Barrett  

Their knowledge of the swimming world, especially at the college level, was a tremendous help!

Their knowledge of the swimming world, especially at the college level, was a tremendous help!

We loved working with ACC Recruits. Their knowledge of the swimming world, especially at the college level, was a tremendous help to getting our whole family to the right place for Stephen.

 

Because of the guidance we had from Rick, Stephen had more phone calls, more emails, and more opportunity for choices than we would have had without ACC. The process of setting up the profile itself helped him know how to present himself (both live and on the phone), what questions to ask, and what times he needed to shoot for to get where he wanted to go.

 

Finally, with ACC it’s not just about swimming. The practical advice and tips for leaving home and heading off were the frosting on the cake. We’re still not ready for Stephen to leave home, but we know he’s better prepared for a swimming and academic community where he will be welcomed in the fall!

 

Lyne Tumlinson,

Mother of Stephen Johnson, freshman at the University of South Dakota 2018

Testimonial – “Rick gave us amazing advice and insight every step of the way.  Thank you, ACC! – Brian & Janie Lahmann”

Testimonial – “Rick gave us amazing advice and insight every step of the way. Thank you, ACC! – Brian & Janie Lahmann”

We started working with Rick and the ACC team during our son Donovan’s sophomore year in high school.  Our son had been competing at a high level for several years, and we were advised by our friends to get started early on the college search.  We got some piecemeal advice about the process, such as getting an NCAA clearinghouse number, and we were told about the standard websites for information, but still had no clear direction on how to get started.

Thankfully, we were referred to Rick and ACC, and we quickly got started down the correct path.  He was able to serve as an intermediary to contact coaches from schools that Donovan was interested in, and we could see their responses showing interest appear almost immediately.  This made us feel relieved more than anything because NCAA rules prohibited direct contact before junior year.   We uploaded a few videos to the ACC website, and they edited them nicely to show his strengths and how he races.

When the infamous September 1st date came (when coaches were allowed to contact Donovan directly by email), he was so excited to see his inbox fill up with emails from interested teams!  Rick guided us every step of the way from the initial correspondence, phone calls, and gave invaluable advice about “selling your potential.”  Donovan quickly became confident and proficient at communicating with coaches, and this is a life skill that will serve him well throughout his life.  Rick helped us to arrange visits to several schools, and very much paved the way to success on the visits, so that he would leave a great first impression.

Rick was honest and forthright about what schools were realistic and which ones were a bit of a reach for his times, and also helped to shape our vision of what might be a perfect fit.  I am happy to say that Donovan has accepted a scholarship to swim at his first choice, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He committed in April of his junior year, and he is still so happy and excited about his future collegiate career. 

We can’t thank Rick and the ACC team enough, and we absolutely recommend their services to anyone who wants to swim in college.  Regardless of times, academics, or their own goals, ACC will help find the right fit for your swimmer!

Did ACC help guide them to their ultimate decisions for which college to choose?   The answer is yes!  - Bryan Schultz, parent

Did ACC help guide them to their ultimate decisions for which college to choose?  The answer is yes!  - Bryan Schultz, parent

We first heard about ACC at a swim meet a couple years back. Knowing we were at the beginning process of researching colleges for our son and trying to make a plan, I looked into ACC and what they could offer us. I also conferred with other parents I knew who used ACC and already had their student/athletes in college. Did it work for them? Were they happy with the decisions they made and did ACC help guide them to their ultimate decisions for which college to choose? ...The answer is yes! 

We knew our son was not a top 20 D1 recruit. So getting a full-ride athletic scholarship was not going to happen. We knew he could have great success in college with the right academics along with the right level of competition. The possibilities are vast. Where to start?  

ACC helped us to choose a path to select a college that best suited our son both academically and athletically. The ACC staff assisted in pointing us in the right direction for testing into college, what forms to be sure to have, reaching out to potential coaches and making a connection for the athlete. Donny and his support staff gave us the guidance, confidence, and direction to know our student/athlete could make a decision with full confidence. To be sure, ACC does not hold the family by their hand and do all the work for them. A family has to do their homework. But they can call or email and ask questions that Donny and the ACC staff undoubtedly know the answers to that provides a reference for the families to better their decision making. 

In the end, our son is attending an out of state private college, receiving a 4-year merit scholarship that exceeded our expectations and will be swimming in one of the top D3 college swim and dive conferences in the country. Ultimately it was our son's decision to choose which school and which coach he wanted to learn from and ACC helped him to make the best decision.

Bryan Schultz

Rick has a high level of knowledge, acumen, and contacts

Rick has a high level of knowledge, acumen, and contacts

Rick has a high level of knowledge, acumen, and contacts that provided us a level of confidence as we navigated through the college-swimming recruitment process.  He helped us through every step of the way allowing for a comfortable pace and sense of calm.  Our daughter had choices of universities and ultimately signed with a program that was a perfect fit for her swimming and academic goals.

 

In Him,

 

Mark McAllister

Your help has been immeasurable! - Stacey Hansen, parent

Your help has been immeasurable! - Stacey Hansen, parent

What a crazy process. I want to thank you for your guidance and patience. Your help has been immeasurable. The endless hours of emails, calls, and visits were worth it. Without the framework of visits and knowledge, we built over the past 18 months of active recruiting Ginger may never have found West Virginia. It was the process of entertaining and eliminating a wide variety of college options that led to a decision that she is happy and content with. It was often a bumpy road and sometimes a rocky road, but in the end, Ginger is thrilled with her view of the mountains for the next four years! I hope we never have to go through it again, but I know you will be there if we do. Please consider me a lifetime reference and supporter of America College Connection. I will, of course, be recommending ACC. Stacey

Your service came highly recommended by another family of Hannah’s swim club and you didn’t disappoint!

Your service came highly recommended by another family of Hannah’s swim club and you didn’t disappoint!

Hi Rick and Team We just want to thank you for all your help in finding the perfect school for our daughter Hannah  Your service came highly recommended by another family of Hannah’s swim club and you didn’t disappoint. You helped Hannah find and secure a scholarship at her number one school. Without your help, we would not have known where to start. With your guidance were able to negotiate an offer that made swimming in the US affordable to us as Canadians. Hannah is so excited to have found the perfect place both academically and athletically for the next four years.

Thanks so much!

Hannah, Erin, and Dave Kiernan

Rick and his team truly experts in their field. ~ Brenda Barkhuizen

Rick and his team truly experts in their field. ~ Brenda Barkhuizen

ACC connected us with Limestone U. where Dylan receive a substantial scholarship and signed with them in November. Limestone notified us in April that they were dropping their swim program. We are so thankful for ACC sticking with us and helping Dylan find another university and scholarship at such a late date. Thanks again for standing alongside us during this stressful period, I don't think we would have achieved this outcome in such a short frame of time if we were on our own. ACC kept Dylan calm and motivated. We would recommend ACC to anyone looking to study in America as Rick and his team truly experts in their field.

 

Thanks again for all your help and support, Rick! I am extremely happy that I ended up at MU. I would not have been able to do this without your help.

 Dylan.

 

     
"Thank you ACC for the continued support and success"- The Connors Family 

"Thank you ACC for the continued support and success"- The Connors Family 

Becoming involved with ACC recruits was one of the best decisions my family has made over the course of these past few years. ACC provided my daughter with the resources and guidance needed to get the most out of the recruiting process. The repeated emails, support, check ins, emails, and college essay assistance were beyond helpful in the entire process. Rick Paine and his staff not only cared about Alexa as an athlete, but as a person as well. We can't thank the ACC recruiting program enough and are so grateful that those involved have allowed our daughter's dream of swimming at the D1 level to become a reality. 

 

 I have found Rick and his team to be the consummate professionals always going the extra mile to ensure the swimmers are well looked after  - Penny Heyns

I have found Rick and his team to be the consummate professionals always going the extra mile to ensure the swimmers are well looked after - Penny Heyns

 

'It is my personal belief that the American Collegiate System still remains the best tertiary educational option for any Student-Athlete from just about every country in the world. I say this because not only does it allow the Athlete to pursue Academic ambitions while still training and competing, it allows him/her to do so at the highest level.

 

I first met Rick Paine in 1993 when I arrived in Lincoln, Nebraska to take up my swimming scholarship.  After his college coaching career Rick formed American College Connection (ACC), the premier College Recruitment agency in the USA.

Since working with ACC from 2003 I have found Rick and his team to be the consummate professionals always going the extra mile to ensure the swimmers are well looked after both during the recruitment process right through until the day they graduate. Without a doubt ACC will be the best investment you can make for your child with a dream to swim and study in the USA. Close to a hundred South African swimmers have successfully worked through ACC with the last 10 South African swimmers who have signed or committed to Universities via ACC earning scholarships averaging nearly a quarter of a million dollars. I am proud to be associated with ACC and fully endorse their services with the highest recommendation.'

 

WHAT DO COLLEGE COACHES THINK OF AMERICAN COLLEGE CONNECTION?

WHAT DO COLLEGE COACHES THINK OF AMERICAN COLLEGE CONNECTION?

While current college coaches are not allowed to endorse any recruiting services, we have several former college coaches who we worked with for years, and this is what they have to say about us:

"American College Connection has been the best recruiting tool that I have experienced over the last 40 years. Probably the best part of it is the follow up of honest appraisal  given by Rick Paine on each candidate. His assessment has always been spot on each time I have asked his opinion on specific candidates. Using American College Connection has positively helped our program over the years."

C. Rob Orr

Former Coach Princeton University

third on the all-time wins list for Division I swimming coaches 

“The American College Connection has proven to be the best single source that we rely on for information about prospective student athletes. We value their recommendations and have a high level of trust in the information they provide for us.”

Rick, you have provided a valuable service for us and I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with you.

 Denny

Dennis Pursley; Former Alabama Head Coach

named one of the 25 most influential people in the history of USA Swimming in 2003

five time Olympic coach

inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006

USA Olympic Team staff and was awarded 1980 “Coach of the Year” honors by the American Swimming Coaches Association.

the first head coach of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)

the first USA Swimming National Team Director in 1989

Head Coach of the Olympian Swim Club in Edmonton, Alberta 

Olympic head coach of the British team in 2012

“Rick and his associates at American College Connection provided our coaches with consistently great information about prospects. We could quickly determine if the prospect might possibly be a good fit. Rick responded to my questions quickly and was willing to communicate with the prospect to help us gain further information. Over the years, we landed several great recruits whom we had not been in touch with prior to Rick reaching out to us. ACC is a great resource for both college coaches and prospects.”

Rich DeSelm

Former Head Coach

University of North Carolina

 

From the moment we contacted Rick, who was referred to us by friends who had used ACC, the ball started rolling.

From the moment we contacted Rick, who was referred to us by friends who had used ACC, the ball started rolling.

We would like to thank Rick and his team at ACC for the effort and commitment shown, in helping our daughter Ashleigh achieve her dream of swimming for a college in the USA.

This has been a dream of her’s for a long time, and we were not fully equipped to help her with the daunting process of contacting and selecting potential colleges. We are from South Africa, and didn’t really know where or how to even start the process.

From the moment we contacted Rick, who was referred to us by friends who had used ACC, the ball started rolling.

Rick and his team did all of the groundwork, and next moment coaches were contacting Ash and the process was under way.

Rick spent time and effort getting to understand Ash and her interests. He and his team helped with academic advice and the SAT’s. This helped enormously and Ash has recently made a verbal commitment to join the UALR swim team.

Thanks Rick and everyone at ACC. Thanks to Melynda for her patience and constant support no matter how small the problem or question was. Without you all, this would not have happened. We would gladly recommend using you and your team, to anyone.

Regards

Lynn and Bruce Green

Doors were opened because of Rick and his expertise. —Bob & Melanie Ellis

Doors were opened because of Rick and his expertise. —Bob & Melanie Ellis

“Recruiting is complicated, ACC made it easy to navigate and helped us determine the best possible school for our daughter.  Doors were opened because of Rick and his expertise.  She’s absolutely loving everything about South Carolina, it’s a perfect fit.   We highly recommend ACC to find the right place for your family.” —Bob & Melanie Ellis

With ACC's help Anna was able to talk with coaches from all over the United States!

With ACC's help Anna was able to talk with coaches from all over the United States!

“It has been an exciting and very informative 2 years working with Rick Paine and the ACC Team.  With their help Anna was able to talk with coaches from all over the United States.  At last count, she had talked with approximately 50 different coaches, and had the opportunity to explore many different schools and swim programs.  Without their help, she might of talked to 6 coaches.  In the end, she had several offers.  This would not of happened without the guidance of the ACC team. 

Thank You,

Jeff, Denise and Annamaria Lowary”