The Proof is in Our Players’ Success.
The Proof is in Our Players’ Success.
I knew I wanted to continue to play soccer after high school but had no idea where to begin looking for colleges or how to get colleges to find me. I was overwhelmed and afraid that I had started too late and that everyone else knew how to do this. Our first meeting helped me set some criteria to narrow the search and then to find those schools that were a fit. You really have to put yourself out there for coaches to see but having a plan with Deanna's help made it manageable. She kept me on track with a few friendly reminders and was there to debate the pros and cons when we had options to consider. I am very thankful to Deanna and am excited to be playing D1 soccer for Northern Illinois University in 2017.
I would highly recommend Aspire to any parent who's child desires to play collegiate sports. Deanna organized and outlined the target colleges and communication process with coaches. She spoke directly with my daughter and put emphasis on taking ownership of the college recruiting process. As a result, my daughter was recruited and given an athletic scholarship in 2015. Later that year, the college made a coaching change and the new coach chose not to honor the scholarship. Needless to say, my daughter was shocked and had to start the recruiting process over. Deanna again stepped in and helped her by organizing and outlining the target colleges. She even went as far as scheduling a weekly call for advisement and progress. It was a long and sometimes stressful recruiting process. However, in the end and with Deanna's help, my daughter received an athletic scholarship from another college. Deanna was there when we needed help. She did not walk away after the first scholarship offer. Therefore, I am writing this to express my sincere gratitude to Deanna. She goes above and beyond for her clients and student athletes.
"Aspire was invaluable to us throughout the college recruitment process… Your patience, knowledge and wisdom in the recruiting process were priceless! … Your sincere desire to help our students find the right athletic and academic fit for them as individuals is evident in your every interaction with them. You brought out the best in my daughter…Your methodical approach to narrowing the choices and the organization you provided helped to make the whole process less overwhelming and so much more efficient. All of the tools you gave my daughter in communicating to college coaches was incredibly helpful and allowed her to move forward without a lot of intervention from me…I would highly recommend you and your business, Aspire, to any student-athlete beginning the college recruitment/search process!! It's a long road and I am so glad you gave us the guidance we so badly needed!!”
"We were lucky enough to find Deanna and Aspire Soccer Consulting and Resources very early in our athletes freshman year. We attended a free educational seminar that Deanna hosted and learned how much we didn't know about the college recruiting process. By the end of freshman year, we were already having conversations with coaches. By Sept 1st of our athletes junior year, we were in a position of deciding which D1 school we would be playing for rather than if our athlete would be playing at all. Through Aspire, we learned the basics of D1, D2, D3 NAIA etc...,which institutions can provide what type of scholarships, how much can be given for which sports, the requirements for academics, how to find the "best fit" college among other valuable starting points. Beyond that, Deanna coached our athlete one-on-one on how to make calls to coaches, how to write a proper letter and e-mail to coaches, what recruiting tools to use, what questions to ask at each stage of the process, what to do on a college visit and what to expect during the process. I would highly recommend Aspire Soccer Consulting and Resources for any high school soccer player looking to play at the college level. "
"We hired Aspire to help us through the confusion of the soccer college recruitment process. They did a fabulous job for us in so many ways. First, they were able to talk to our daughter and determine exactly what she was looking for from a school. They helped her to narrow down a huge list of colleges and universities into a smaller group of schools that offered both the soccer experience and academic parameters she was looking for. Next, and even more importantly, they taught our daughter how to make herself stand out and get noticed by the coaches. Aspire helped us to fine tune and zero in on target schools and get the response from coaches we were looking for. Hiring Aspire was a critical factor in securing a scholarship for our daughter and getting her accepted into a well-respected university of her choice that is very competitive in her field of interest. Thank you Deanna Gage and Aspire Soccer Consulting! Great job!"
We partnered with Aspire Soccer Consulting during the Summer before our son's freshman year after meeting Deanna at a free seminar hosted by Aspire Soccer Consulting several months earlier. We learned a lot of useful information at the free seminar, but the most important point we took away was that the road to collegiate athletics was going to be a long one and we didn't feel equipped to manage on our own. Deanna's experience, knowledge and support have proven to be invaluable to us, as parents, as we try to keep our son on course to attain his dream of playing soccer beyond high school while preparing for a fulfilled life of off the field. Clearly Deanna is compassionate about each one of her clients and we appreciate the individual attention she gives our son. We feel confident that with Deanna's continued involvement our son will end up playing soccer at a college or university that will be a good fit for him academically and athletically.
We were newbies to the soccer recruiting process. Aspire went above and beyond the call of duty to explain to our daughter what needed to be done from start to finish. From helping her write the initial letter, how to answer questions, what questions to ask, narrowing down the perfect college fit, to just being there for moral support, you can count on Deanna Gage. We were lucky to have found her. Great job Deanna! Thank you for helping our kid achieve her dreams of playing soccer at the collegiate level. She is very happy!
"Aspire is a very organized format to put College facts in order and prioritize and plan what path of College selection is best fit for our students... We greatly appreciate your excellent presentation and vision planning for students."
"Student athletes are 'invisible' to College coaches, no matter how good they are playing, until they advertise themselves. Aspire Soccer Recruiting helped my son develop an eye catching, meaningful resume and a list of schools/coaches to reach out to with a cover letter. Since then, Division I, II, and III schools have engaged my son in regular communication. Thank you Aspire!"
“I am proud to say…I have found a great fit at St. Ambrose University! They are putting together a scholarship package for me, and I am very excited to be attending this University. I just wanted to thank you for all the work you have done for me. It has really impacted my future because you pushed me in the right direction, and I don’t think I would have accomplished what I have without you. Thanks again!”
“Couldn’t have found Joe his right college fit without you, Deanna. Thanks, from the Cornos!”
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