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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.
I sincerely appreciate everything ACC did for me! - Keilan Freeman
Rick’s help in finding me a place at UMBC was invaluable. I sincerely appreciate everything ACC did for me!"
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
ACC is interested in the athlete and the person! - Phillip & Deidre
Within hours of signing up with Rick Paine and ACC Recruits, our swimmer received phone calls, emails, and texts from all over the country (because we were wide open!) expressing interest. The personal touch that Rick and his team provided was absolutely invaluable. It was obvious that he had a real relationship with these coaches and focused on those schools that would most closely fit with our daughter's goals. The confidence she gained from those contacts grew and she literally negotiated with coaches on her own, armed with the information provided by Rick and his team. Five stars! ACC is interested in the athlete and the person!
Phillip & Deidre
You made our dream a reality - Dean and Lisa Meiring
Many thanks to you and your team.
It was amazing dealing with you and it made the dream of getting Chelsea over to the USA a reality
This is a great reflection on your company
Chelsea is now at UMass, she has settled in very well and is very happy
Her first gala is this weekend, so we are all very excited to see how it goes.
Thanks very much
Dean and Lisa Meiring
From the very first phone call held with Rick Paine I knew that Cassandra was in good hands - Jerry Brousseau
Without the assistance of Rick and America College Connection our daughter would not have received the $100,000.00 scholarship that she has received and likely not completed her swimming career in the USA. When Cassandra first advised us that her intention was to attend a USA College to swim (we reside in Canada) we were really unsure how to go about the process. My wife tried to complete the process on her own but never received any substantial contact from schools. It was very late in my daughters last year of high school when I made the decision to contact American College Connection. From the very first phone call held with Rick Paine I knew that Cassandra was in good hands and within days we had received phone calls and emails from schools across the US. Rick was very upfront and did not make any false promises regarding the recruiting process or amounts that our daughter could/would receive from the schools. Thanks to Rick Cassandra has just entered her third year at Canisus College which to date has been a very rewarding experience.
Without the help of Rick and ACC I would not be where I am now - Ben Skutnik
I can honestly say that without the help of Rick and ACC I would not be where I am now. When I met Rick, I was a raw athlete from out-state Nebraska who had only been swimming for two years and had no clue how to go to the next level. With Rick’s help, coaches from all divisions of the NCAA were in contact with me and I eventually found my way on deck to a small, liberal arts school. There I became an All-American with invitations from an elite sprint group to train for the 2008 Trials. During my collegiate career I fell in love with the sport. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D. at Indiana University as part of the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming and through the years have coached multiple Senior National and Olympic Trial qualifying swimmers. None of this would have been possible without Rick and ACC’s help taking that next step.
PhD Candidate and Associate Instructor
Indiana University - Bloomington
None of this would have been possible with you and ACC - Hong
With all of your help, I've finally decided. I happily signed with Stanford this morning. It's always been my dream to be a Cardinal and now it's come true. However, it was hard choosing between there and Cal. I really liked the swim program at Cal. But I also realized that swimming is only one aspect of a well rounded college atmosphere. Thanks to you for getting me official visits to my top 5 schools: stanford, usc, berkeley, princeton, and harvard, I felt that stanford will be able to offer me the best combination of both academics and swimming.
So with that said, thanks so much for all that you've done for me. None of this would have been possible with you and ACC.
Take care Rick.
Offered scholarships from over 40 universities
"The services of ACC helped our family find the perfect fit for Jillian's athletic and academic wishes. We trusted Rick to help us find the best choices and we succeeded. Jillian was offered scholarships from over 40 universities and was recently voted Top Freshman athlete at the Division I university she eventually enrolled with. Matching the "right" swimming and academic program was not easy but ACC and Rick guided us through the whole process in a totally professional manner."
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."