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Advice From Committed Golfer Reagan Snavely


Congratulations to all of the athletes who have already committed or signed their NLI for the class of 2014! BeRecruited sat down with sev­eral high school ath­letes who either com­mi­tted or signed their NLI and asked them about their recruit­ing expe­ri­ence. We were able to get a sense of what worked well for them, what did not, and what advice they would give to fel­low high school athletes.

Reagan Snavely is one high school ath­lete who offered advice. Snavely, a soon to be 2014 grad­u­ate of Timberland High School recently com­mit­ted to Lindenwood University to play golf.  Here is what Snavely had to say about her recruiting experience:

Why did you ulti­mately choose Lindenwood University?
I chose Lindenwood University for several reasons. Overall, I felt it was the best fit for my golf game. I fit in really well with the other team members and coaches. I felt it was a place where I could go and make a difference on an already strong team. Plus, they have a good academic reputation which is important to me as well.

How old were you when you started the recruiting process and what were the steps you took to begin the recruiting process?
I started receiving questionnaires my freshman and sophomore years which I always filled out. With the help of my parents I started gearing my summer schedule towards college golf the summer between my freshman and sophomore years. Playing courses that were longer and tournaments that were at least two days which helped me build my resume. I started sending emails and my resume out to college coaches early in my junior year.

How did BeRe­cruited help you make the con­nec­tion with Lindenwood University?
BeRecruited gave me a central spot for contacts and a place to be contacted. It was encouraging being able to see when coaches were checking out my profile as it helped me narrow my focus.

Who was piv­otal in help­ing you through the recruit­ing process and why?
My parents were the most helpful through the process. My dad really helped me manage my schedule, track my stats and put my resume together; while my mom got me to my travel tournaments, made sure I had what I needed on the course (snacks and clothing wise) and has always supported me.

What was the most chal­leng­ing part of the recruit­ing process, if any?
The most challenging part of the process for me was the end. I hated to tell anyone no or that I wasn’t going to your school. Every coach I met through the process was so nice it was difficult to tell any of them no.

What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to con­tinue their sport in college?
A couple of things. First pick a school that fits you both in athletics and academics because when it comes down to it aceademics are the most important part of the whole thing. Secondly, it was important to realize was that while scores and stats are important, coaches are really looking for other things that are equally important. I found that attitude, dedication and work ethic are all just as important as stats to most of the coaches. In my sport (golf) coaches wanted to see you
score well but they also wanted to see how you did on holes immediately following holes that you messed up on. They wanted to see how you carried yourself, if you stayed positive and bounced back or if you got upset shut down.

Thank you Reagan for tak­ing the time to share your recruit­ing expe­ri­ence with us. Congratulations on your success so far and best of luck at Lindenwood University!

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