You got injured, what now?

Think to yourself, what is the worst thing that you can imagine happening in the middle of your recruiting process?

If you answered getting injured, you’re wrong! Let me tell you why.

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As a student athlete, you have a lot on your plate. Between going to school, training, taking care of things around the house, and maybe attempting to have a social life, things can get really busy. When your goal is to play sports at the collegiate level, it can feel like the end of the world when you sustain an injury. See the silver lining here: All that time that you could sit around feeling sorry for yourself is time you can spend creating relationships & getting exposure with college coaches!

Recruiting is not something that happens to you, it’s something you make happen. Take the time you’re not on the field or in the gym during your injury to make sure every piece of info you can is added to your profile. Do you have game or practice footage? Spend your weekend working on editing a highlight video! Do you only have 5 universities on your list of potential colleges? Take the time you’re not out for a run to research and add 5 more. Turn what may seem like a setback into an advantage- newly opened up time to send messages to coaches!

The truth is that nobody ever *wants* to get injured, but an injury is no reason to give up on your dreams. Time is perhaps the most limited resource for young athletes sprinting down the course of their high school careers, so when life gives you some extra time, put it to good use!

If you would like to chat about how best to talk to coaches about an injury, schedule a call with me and I’ll be happy to help you out!

-Eric

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Send and Receive Texts on CaptainU College

We’re excited today to introduce another big step on CaptainU College — one that allows college coaches to send and receive text messages.

Now, along with all the emails you send and receive, the texts you send and receive are recorded in your history with each contact. By bringing your communication together in one place, it’s a big step in helping college coaches stay organized and save time.

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Need to tell your players that practice has been rescheduled? Want to send a quick update about a big game to a group of recruits. Need to coordinate with a recruit who is visiting campus? Texting on CaptainU College lets you do it.

To send a text, select an individual or group you want to text, press the dropdown menu in the text field, select “Send as SMS,” write your message, and hit send.

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Texting is available for college coaches who have upgraded for $199/year to College Pro, our complete recruiting toolkit. For a 5-minute demo, email help@captainu.com.

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Winter 2015 CaptainU College Coaches of the Year

We’re very pleased to introduce the Winter 2015 CaptainU College Coaches of the Year! Congratulations to these coaches on their remarkable accomplishments this year.

Men’s Basketball

  • Ben Jacobson – University of Northern Iowa (Division I)
  • Linc Darner – Florida Southern College (Division II)
  • Bob Semling – University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (Division III)

Women’s Basketball

  • Geno Auriemma – University of Connecticut (Division I)
  • Mark Kellogg – West Texas A&M (Division II)
  • Jeff Hans – Thomas More College (Division III)

Bowling

  • Phil Vida – Lindenwood University

Fencing

  • Michael Aufrichtig – Columbia University

Men’s Gymnastics

  • Mark Williams – University of Oklahoma

Women’s Gymnastics

  • KJ Kindler – University of Oklahoma

Men’s Ice Hockey

  • Dave Hakstol – University of North Dakota (Division I)
  • Matthew Greason – Trinity College (Division III)

Women’s Ice Hockey

  • Kevin Houle – SUNY – Plattsburgh (Division III)

Rifle

  • Jon Hammond – West Virginia University

Skiing

  • Richard Rokos – University of Colorado

Men’s Swimming

  • Eddie Reese – University of Texas (Division I)
  • Jeff Dugdale – Queens University of Charlotte (Division II)

Women’s Swimming

  • Teri McKeever – University of California – Berkeley (Division I)

Diving

  • Randy Ableman – University of Miami (Division I)

Indoor Track and Field

  • Robert Johnson – University of Oregon (Division I)
  • Damon Martin – Adams State University (Division II)
  • Chip Schneider – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (Division III Men)
  • Pat Healy – University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse (Division III Women)

Wrestling

  • Brian Smith – University of Missouri (Division I)
  • Steve Costanzo – St. Cloud State University (Division II)
  • Jim Moulsoff – Augsburg College (Division III)
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A Huge Thank You to All of our Members on a Big Milestone this past week!

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“The Need, The Need for Speed”

Our goal with the new CaptainU College is simple: make it easy for college coaches to get through their work faster.

Design is one of the best ways to accomplish this. Good design is about more than making things look pretty. It’s about how things work. Is an app easy to learn? Is it easy to complete the tasks you do day in and day out? To that end, one of the main concepts behind the new CaptainU College is what we call Workflows: incredibly fast ways to do your work. Triage and Fast Email are two examples. They may seem subtle, but the benefits are huge over time.

Another way to make things faster is to throw raw, unadulterated horsepower at it. In this case, that means better, more modern servers. Last night, we switched out the CaptainU College engine and introduced new, state-of-the-art equipment. As a result, you’ll see a noticeable difference in how quickly pages load.

Workflows + Raw Power = Speed. Enjoy the time you’ll save!

(If you’re looking for something to do with that time, here’s some recommended listening: St. Louis Cardinals psychologist Jason Selk on Radio CaptainU.)

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Can you beat Stephen Curry?

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Stephen Curry is a record-setter behind the arc. The Muscle Milk Beat30 Challenge provides an exclusive basketball experience with bragging rights on the line. Can you drain the three-ball like one of the league’s best shooters?

Muscle Milk is hitting the Bay Area, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago to find the best three-point specialists in the region. The top two from each market will be flown out to the Bay Area for a private session with Curry.

Step up to the three-point line. Can you Beat30?

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College Upgrade: Powerful, Easy Compliance Reporting

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We’re excited today to announce two significant updates to CaptainU College.

1. We’ve created what we believe is the easiest compliance reporting feature in existence. Just go to Settings >> Compliance Reports and select the dates you want. A cleanly formatted Excel file will download. You can use it for your own analysis or for reporting to the NCAA.

2. Compliance Reporting is free for now so everyone can give it a try, but in the next few weeks it will become the first feature in a new, paid version of CaptainU College. We have a lot of exciting new stuff in the works that will be part of the paid version. More to come on that soon!

For more info, or a 5-minute tour on how to get the most out of compliance reporting, email help@captainu.com.

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CaptainU presents Wells Fargo’s CollegeSTEPS® sweepstakes

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Whether you’re on your way to college or already there, there are two big things you probably need: money and information.

At CaptainU, we want our athletes to have everything they need to be successful in college. That’s why we are proud to announce that with Wells Fargo you have a chance to get both. Enroll in the CollegeSTEPS® program* by 8/13/15, and you’ll be automatically entered for the chance to win $1,000, plus you’ll receive college planning tools and tips from Wells Fargo.

For more information and to enter for your chance to win $1,000, visit wellsfargo.com/collegesteps.

*NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Sweepstakes runs on wellsfargo.com/collegesteps (“Website”) from 12:00 a.m. Central Time (“CT”) on 08/14/2014 to 11:59 p.m. CT on 08/13/2015 (“Promo Period”). Open to full- or part-time students who are in an accredited secondary or post-secondary educational institution or program (including, but not limited to, high school, college, university, or trade school, or are home schooled in an accredited program) and are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia born on or before 12/31/2000. All eligible students who enrolled in Wells Fargo’s CollegeSTEPS® program between 08/06/2010 and 08/13/2014 will be automatically entered in the 2014/2015 sweepstakes without having to re-enroll. A total of (160) $1,000 prizes will be awarded — (80) to high school students and (80) to college students during the Promo Period — 40 prizes per each of four drawings. Odds to win depend upon the total number of CollegeSTEPS program enrollments received at the time of each drawing. Sweepstakes subject to full Official Rules. See sweepstakes rules on PDF for complete details at: 20130802_CollegeSTEPS_Sweeps_Rules.pdf. Void where prohibited by law. SPONSOR: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., MAC N9719-018, 301 E 58th Street N, 1st Floor, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-0422

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Fall 2014 CaptainU College Coaches of the Year

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We’re very pleased to introduce the Fall 2014 CaptainU College Coaches of the Year! Congratulations to these coaches on their remarkable accomplishments this year.

Field Hockey

  • Nancy Stevens – University of Connecticut (Division I)
  • Shelly Behrens – Millersville University (Division II)
  • Sharon Pfluger – College of New Jersey (Division III)

Women’s Cross Country

  • Walt Drenth – Michigan State University (Division I)
  • Brit Townsend – Simon Fraser University (Division II)
  • Bobby Van Allen – Johns Hopkins University (Division III)

Men’s Cross Country

  • Mark Wetmore – University of Colorado (Division I)
  • Damon Martin – Adams State University (Division II)
  • Dan Schwamberger – University of Wisconsin Eau Claire (Division III)

Women’s Soccer

  • G Guerrieri – Texas A&M University (Division I)
  • Jeff Hosler – Grand Valley State (Division II)
  • Todd Olsen – Lynchburg College (Division III)

Men’s Soccer

  • Peter Caringi – University of Maryland Baltimore County (Division I)
  • John Rootes – Lynn University (Division II)
  • Josh Shapiro – Tufts University (Division III)

Volleyball

  • Shawn Olmstead – Brigham Young University (Division I)
  • Chris Catanach – University of Tampa (Division II)
  • Abbey Sutherland – University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (Division III)

Football

  • Mark Dantonio – Michigan State University (FBS)
  • Brock Spack – Illinois State University (FCS)
  • John Wristen – Colorado State University Pueblo (Division II)
  • Lance Leipold – University of Wisconsin – White Water (Division III)

Men’s Water Polo

  • Adam Wright – University of California Los Angeles (NC)
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New Feature: From Questionnaire to Triage

CaptainU College is all about “Workflows” that help college coaches save time. We’ve gotten great feedback from college coaches on the Triage feature we released a few weeks back. Triage makes it easy to quickly evaluate and categorize new prospects.

Today, we’re pleased to introduce the newest extension: Questionnaire Triage. With questionnaire triage, all recruits who fill out your CaptainU College recruiting questionnaire show up in your Prospects filter.

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When you press prospects, you can quickly move through your new submissions and put them in the groups that make sense, based on what you’re seeing on their profiles.

To customize your questionnaire, press Profile >> Edit your profile and you’ll see this:

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How to survive an ultra marathon. With Scott Jurek.

Scott Jurek is one of the top ultra marathoners in the world. On this episode of Radio CaptainU, he tells us how he does it and how the rest of us can handle discomfort, exhaustion, and mental battles.

The best way to listen to Radio CaptainU is on your way to practice. Subscribe on your iPhone and get every episode. Here’s how.

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CaptainU Top 5 Men’s Crew Programs – December

We’re proud to announce the CaptainU Top 5 Men’s College Crew Programs for December!

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1. Georgetown University
2. Stanford University
3. University of Washington-Seattle Campus
4. Harvard University
5. University of California-Berkeley

Each month, the CaptainU Top 5 College Programs are determined based on the amount of attention the programs get from athletes on CaptainU.

Don’t have a CaptainU profile yet? Get started with a free one today!

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Kristina made a college basketball team!

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Congratulations to Kristina Battle, who is headed to play college basketball after using CaptainU to take her game to the next level and standing out to college coaches!

Check out her full CaptainU profile to learn how to stand out to college basketball coaches. It’s complete with a highlight video and informational status updates for college coaches to follow her game times, accomplishments and more.

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Don’t have a CaptainU profile yet? Create a free one today!

Login now to update your CaptainU profile with pictures, videos, stats and more!

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CaptainU Top 10 Golfers of the Month

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We’re proud to announce the CaptainU Top 10 Golfers of the Month!

1. Danielle Nicholson

2. Rachel May

3. Stormy Randazzo

4. Kyle Corey

5. Abby Stivers

6. Madison Renko

7. Alyce Krumm

8. Courtney Morton

9. Jessica Dubeau

10. Casey Jansen

How can you make the CaptainU Top 10? Complete and regularly update your CaptainU profile, add colleges to your CaptainU list, and send messages to college coaches. Each week, the CaptainU Top 10 is determined by an algorithm that takes into account profile quality, interest from colleges, and messages sent. Login now to update your profile!

Don’t have a CaptainU profile yet? Get started with a free one today!

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Action shot of the day: A huge save

Check out the awesome action shot one of our CaptainU soccer players uploaded to her profile today!

This is a great capture of her making an epic save to show off her talents to college coaches.

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To be considered for the next action shot of the day, login to your CaptainU profile today and upload some sweet pictures of you playing your sport!

Take your game to the next level in college with a free CaptainU profile, where you’ll be able to connect with the thousands of college coaches in our network, access valuable resources and tools, sign up for elite events and more!

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Today’s Top 5 pictures

Every day, CaptainU athletes are standing out to college coaches by adding awesome pictures to their CaptainU profiles. If you want to play your sport in college, set yourself apart from your competition by logging in to your CaptainU profile today and uploading epic photos!

Here are the Top 5 pictures uploaded today!

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Don’t have a CaptainU profile yet? Take your game to the next level in college with a free CaptainU profile, where you’ll be able to connect with the thousands of college coaches in our network, access valuable resources and tools, sign up for elite events and more!

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CaptainU Top 5 Cheerleading Programs – December

We’re proud to announce the CaptainU Top 5 College Cheerleading Programs for December!

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1. University of Georgia
2. Lindenwood University
3. University of Florida
4. Florida State University
5. San Diego State University

Each month, the CaptainU Top 5 College Programs are determined based on the amount of attention the programs get from athletes on CaptainU.

Don’t have a CaptainU profile yet? Get started with a free one today!

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Ruben made a DIII lacrosse team!

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CaptainU lacrosse player Ruben Narine’s CaptainU profile is full of stand out action shots, highlight videos and status updates.

He used CaptainU to connect with the thousands of college coaches in the CaptainU network and is headed to a Division III University to play college lacrosse!

Be inspired by his profile, and set one up for yourself so you can take your game to the next level.

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Don’t have a CaptainU profile yet? Create a free one today!

Login now to update your CaptainU profile with pictures, videos, stats and more!

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Today’s Top 5 pictures

Every day, CaptainU athletes are standing out to college coaches by adding awesome pictures to their CaptainU profiles. If you want to play your sport in college, set yourself apart from your competition by logging in to your CaptainU profile today and uploading epic photos!

Here are the Top 5 pictures uploaded today!

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football

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Don’t have a CaptainU profile yet? Take your game to the next level in college with a free CaptainU profile, where you’ll be able to connect with the thousands of college coaches in our network, access valuable resources and tools, sign up for elite events and more!

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CaptainU Top 10 Football Players of the Month

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We’re proud to announce the CaptainU Top 10 Football Players of the Month!

1. Johnny Naylor

2. Tourvisier Norman

3. Christian Roberts

4. Max Reconnu

5. William Lovett

6. Demetrius Marcelle

7. Tyler Boudreaux

8. Jonathan Conlan

9. Aaron Lepupa

10. Jamie Brown

How can you make the CaptainU Top 10? Complete and regularly update your CaptainU profile, add colleges to your CaptainU list, and send messages to college coaches. Each week, the CaptainU Top 10 is determined by an algorithm that takes into account profile quality, interest from colleges, and messages sent. Login now to update your profile!

Don’t have a CaptainU profile yet? Get started with a free one today!

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CaptainU Top 5 Women’s Basketball Programs – December

We’re proud to announce the CaptainU Top 5 Men’s College Basketball Programs for December!

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1. Gonzaga University
2. University of North Texas
3. Arizona State University
4. Baylor University
5. Florida State University

Each month, the CaptainU Top 5 College Programs are determined based on the amount of attention the programs get from athletes on CaptainU.

Don’t have a CaptainU profile yet? Get started with a free one today!

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