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College Recruiting Weekly Podcast

Summary: We teach college coaches how to communicate and tell their program's story to prospect student-athletes more effectively, and discuss the trending topics around one of the most important behind-the-scenes aspects of college athletics: Recruiting.

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  • Artist: Dan Tudor - Tudor Collegiate Strategies
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 Episode 127: How Athletics & Admissions Can Message Effectively to Second-Tier Prospects | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:06:07

On this episode of the College Recruiting Weekly podcast, we talk to Loras College sports management professor Matt Garrett. He recently authored an extensive study on different aspects of NCAA Division III recruiting, specifically the messaging to prospects not identified as top recruits. He identifies problems in admissions and athletic departments, how coaches can play a larger role in better communication, and why all of this is essential for college campuses to understand as we head into challenging recruiting times beyond 2022. To see a video presentation of this study, go here: More on Professor Matt Loras: - Professor of Sport Management and Sport Management Program Coordinator at Loras College. - Formerly women's basketball coach and Professor of Physical Education at Blackburn College. - Graduate assistant women's basketball and softball coach at Illinois Wesleyan from 1994-96 Sports information director at Rockford College (now university) from 1992-93 - Undergraduate at MIllikin University; master's at Illinois State; doctorate from Saint Louis University - Co-founder and coach of Dubuque Hornets travel baseball organization for several years; also president of Dubuque PONY League for a time period - Parent of three, including two former or current D3 student-athletes at Simpson College and Loras College To follow-up with Professor Garrett, email him at You can email podcast host Dan Tudor at

 Episode 126: The Walk-On Experience in College Athletics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:41:56

What roles do walk-on student-athletes play in your program? And, are you maximizing their potential? On today's episode of the College Recruiting Weekly podcast, we talk to author and former walk-0n college athlete John Willkom. He wrote "Walk-On Warrior", the story of his experience as a Division I basketball walk-0n at Marquette University, and how he used that opportunity to build a college sports career and springboard himself into a successful professional life. His insights on the experience, and advice to college coaches, are incredibly valuable for any coach who will be coaching walk-on or non-scholarship athletes. To buy the book, "Walk-On Warrior", click here: You can follow him on Twitter @JohnWillkom and email him at To contact the host, email Dan at Thanks for listening to the show, and telling your fellow coaches about the show!

 Episode 125: Assessing the Mental State of Today's Athletes and Prospects | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:50:13

More and more, college coaches and recruiters are trying to uncover the mental state of their current student-athletes, as well as the prospects they are looking to bring into their programs. On this episode of the College Recruiting Weekly podcast, Dan Tudor talks with former D1 athlete and consultant to athletes Lauren Ammon. Lauren works with this generation of student-athletes to help them maximize their performance through better mental health, deal with the pressures of life as an athlete, and remove roadblocks as they try to achieve their athletic goals. We talked with her about how to identify athletes on a team that might be struggling with mental health and stress, as well as assessing the prospects you recruit so that you can determine if they showing glimpses of a personality type you may not want in your program, or struggling with a mental health need you might want to be aware of before bringing them on campus. You can contact Lauren about how she works with teams and athletes at Thanks for listening - make sure to give us the good 'ol 5-star rating, and tell your fellow coaches in your department about the podcast.

 Episode 124: Coach Evan Burk on Finding Intangibles | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:48:30

On today's episode, we talk to Coach Evan Burk about his new book, "Finding Intangibles" Coach Burk is a former college and NFL football coach (by the way, he never played high school or college football!) His fascination with what separates great teams from mediocre ones drove him to write this book that will force you to re-think the way you look for talent through recruiting. For more about the work Coach Burk does with teams and organizations, or to contact him, visit his website: To contact the host of the show, Dan Tudor, email him at Make sure to subscribe and rate the podcast, and thanks for telling your fellow coaches about it!

 Episode 123: How is NIL Affecting Recruiting at All Levels? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:47:20

NIL - Name, Image and Likeness - has taken root across the college athletics landscape, and now we're feeling the effects of this landmark change in the way college student-athletes fund their education and their lives. Joining us on this episode of the College Recruiting Weekly podcast is Matt Brown, creator of the Extra Points website and column...those two great resources, and everything else you might want to know, is at I recommend you take a look, Coach! We talk about what coaches have learned over the first several months of NIL after it was enacted in the Summer of 2021, why it matters to every coach/school/program no matter their division level, and what the future looks like (especially as it involves recruiting) You can follow Matt on Twitter at @MattBrownEP to keep track of all of his latest reporting. To get in touch with Dan Tudor, email him at, remember to subscribe and rate the CRW podcast!

 Episode 122: Why Money-Based Recruiting Decisions Are Trending Up (and What to Do About It) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:42:33

In case you haven't noticed, money - how much your college costs, what kind of scholarship you're going to give your prospect, and the affordability of your school - is a topic of conversation with your prospects that is trending up. Why? A bunch of factors that you have no control over: Growing inflation worries, job uncertainty, the financial impact of the pandemic, and just a general feeling that life (including college) is getting too expensive. In this episode of the College Recruiting Weekly podcast, Dan Tudor explains the trend he's seeing out on campuses and in conversations coaches are having with parents, as well as recommended tweaks to a recruiting approach that coaches should consider taking. * Note: Much of this conversation builds off of a previous money-related podcast episode we did in Episode 65, so you may want to listen to that first. Questions about this episode or any other recruiting questions? Email Dan at Thanks for listening and for telling other coaches in your department about the show, Coach!

 Episode 121: BLM, Vaccines and Creating a Unique Team Story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:16

How does your program address some of today's controversial, debated or topical news items? Today on the College Recruiting Podcast, we talk with a coach who has not only embraced an open dialogue with his team about those things, but has gone out of his way to make it part of their overall team personality. It defines who they are as a program for their team, and for their recruits. Some prospects may turn away, others may be attracted to Coach Gabe Bolton's women's soccer program at California State University, Stanislaus. Regardless, he says it has done a spectacular job of defining who they are, and who they're looking for when recruiting. Listen to see if his approach might work for you and your program! To listen to Coach Bolton's previous interview on the podcast, which is a great primer for this episode, go here: Questions? Contact Dan at Thanks for listening, Coach! If you haven't done so yet, make sure to leave a good rating for us in the comments section of your podcast platform.

 Episode 120: The Captain - Recruiting and Developing Team Leaders | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:44:32

On this episode of the College Recruiting Weekly podcast, we tackle the topic of recruiting and developing team leaders, and we're centering the conversation around the new book by coach Jamy Bechler. His latest work, "The Captain", is a fantastic resource for teams and coaches. It's a story about a superstar player who has to learn some hard but valuable lessons about what being a leader is all about. This is a GREAT resource for your entire team, and makes a great book for everyone in your program to read and discuss. Listen to this episode as we discuss leadership, recruiting and what makes this generation of student-athlete challenging to coach. To order Jamy's book and discussion guide, go here: You can connect with Jamy on social media on Twitter and Instagram by following @CoachBechler

 Episode 119: Six Coaches, Six Questions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:15:50

In this episode, join Dan Tudor in a live roundtable discussion with six tennis coaches before the speech he gave at the ITA tennis coaches convention in Las Vegas in early December, 2021. Topics that got talked about include how to differentiate your program from others in high level conferences, ways to manage a successful communication plan, expanding your recruiting geography, and more. It was a wide-ranging back and forth discussion for a little over an hour, so there's a lot of great content here for coaches in all sports, at all levels. Questions about Tudor Collegiate Strategies, and what we do to serve college coaching staffs? Visit, or email Dan at Thanks for listening! Don't forget to subscribe and give us a five star rating!

 Episode 118: Assessing Your Prospect's Physical and Mental Health During Recruiting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:45:21

It's a question more and more coaches are asking about: How do I spot potential underlying physical and mental health issues with the prospects I'm talking to? That's something our guest today has put a lot of though and research into. Vanessa Bogenholm is a popular personal trainer from California who works with rising athletes, and is the author of the book, "It's Your Body." She talks with Dan Tudor about what she's seeing - both the positives and the negatives - with this generation of student-athlete, and how coaches can better assess and coach those athletes successfully through the recruiting process, and their athletic careers in college. To buy her book, click here: Questions? Email Dan Tudor directly at Thanks for listening - don't forget to subscribe, give us 5 stars, and tell at least 1,000 friends and fellow coaches about the podcast!

 Episode 117: 6.5 Recruiting Priorities for Coaches | Fall 2021 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:39:23

It's time to hear from Dan Tudor, one on one; He's got a lot of new information for coaches in this episode, focusing on everything from why you need to give the parents of your recruits reasons to NOT choose your competitor (without engaging in negative recruiting) to the difference between scouting and a whole lot more (o.k., technically. just 4.5 more things, but it'll seem like a lot more when you hear what he has to say). It's a good one, Coach! Take a listen, and if you have questions, contact Dan directly at Thanks, Coach!

 Episode 116: Defining You and Your Program to Achieve Excellence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:45:18

How can coaches build a truly excellent program? By defining what 'excellence' is. That's what today's guest would make the case for: Giancarlo Lemmi is the Associate Head Coach for Liberty University women's tennis, and has helped the program amass over 100 wins since 2012. In the process of his coaching work at the university, Lemmi has advocated for coaches to become better at defining their vision for their careers and programs, and the working towards achieving that vision. As a by product of that effort, Lemmi just published his first book, "The Court of Excellence: Using Your Life Story to Shape Your Coaching Philosophy". The book is available here: Coach Lemmi also co-hosts the popular "The Christian Coach Podcast" - listen to their interviews with lots of fellow coaches and how they are building their lives, careers and program here: His website also offers ways coaches can get help developing their own stories to define their program, and attract the right recruits: Thanks for listening, Coach! If you have questions or podcast guest ideas, email me at

 Episode 115: Assessing & Developing Your College Program the Right Way | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:51:46

So many things can derail an otherwise smart, successful, competent coach on his or her way to building a great program. That's what today's show features: A conversation with a college coach who wants to be proactive in recognizing where he can do better when it comes to controlling the direction of his program, and then taking action. This isn't a story about putting out fires and rebuilding, but one of making sure things keep going the right direction all the way through the process. We talk about the right recruits to go after at a coach's particular college, timelines and deadlines, and how to develop a strategy for building a program the way this coach wants to build it. You're going to learn a lot by listening-in to what we discuss with this coach! Thanks for subscribing, and if you have questions, get in touch at

 Episode 114: Program Building Lessons From a Former Cold War Nuclear Submariner | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:49:54

It's the big Season 6 premier of the College Recruiting Weekly podcast, and we're not wasting any time bringing you one of the most interesting guests we've ever talked to: Jon S. Rennie, author, speaker, entrepreneur, and former nuclear submarine officer during the Cold Way. We talk about Rennie's new book, "All In the Same Boat: Lead Your Organization Like a Nuclear Submariner" as well as the lessons he learned that you can apply to building your program on your campus. This is a great episode for head coaches, but also for assistant coaches who want to contribute to the goal of greatness - and why 'being in the same boat' is so key to that development. Follow Jon on Twitter at @jonsrennie To order his book, All in the Same Boat, click here: To view his other books for developing leaders and building a top team, click here: To visit his website, go to Thanks for listening, Coach!

 Episode 113: 3 Additional Recruiting Strategies for After Your First Contact | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:33:58

On this episode of the podcast, join Dan Tudor for a 30 minute "Driving with Dan" talk that centers around a big question we've been getting after first contacts with new recruits are done: "What else should I be doing???" Dan will outline three important, but often overlooked, strategies that will be great as immediately follow-ups to that first conversation or two you have with new recruits. The earlier you implement these three tips, the better your chances for long term recruiting success. To read the original article authored by Dan that kicked off this line of questions, click this link or copy and paste it into your browser: Questions? Contact Dan at, and make sure to tell other coaches about the show! Thanks, Coach!


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