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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.
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.
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!
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
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.
"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
'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?
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Lynn and Bruce Green
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!
“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.
Jeff, Denise and Annamaria Lowary”
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.