Hunter Ward, Lacrosse
From Marshall, VA
Committed to Gordon College - Wenham
Thoughts on BeRecruited: "BeRecruited was such an uncomplicated forum to keep updated and it seemed easy for coaches to search through to find athletes that their program needed. I found the database of colleges and university to be a straightforward way to search for ones that met my needs. From there it was so easy to contact the coaches using the email options. I have already advised many of my friends to use your website."
Advice for Athletes Searching for the Right Fit: "I would advise you to be your own advocate in the recruiting process by being proactive. Don't stop by just attending the right recruiting events. Use the Letter Generator to email coaches ahead of time to let them know where you are going to be. Once the event is over, send a follow-up email to thank the coach for attending. If they show an interest, pick up the phone and call them. Although the trend is to use social media to contact people, I found that the coaches appreciated me taking the time to call them so that we could speak in person. Once you receive a contact from a coach that views your profile on BeRecruited, take the time to look up their office phone number and call them to express your interest in knowing more about their program."
While in high school, what other teams and/or sports were you playing? Did you know all along you wanted to play your sport in college?
The only varsity sport that I played in high school was lacrosse. I started all four years and knew from the time that I picked up the stick in middle school that I wanted to play in college
Why did you ultimately choose your college? How many other schools were you looking at?
This past summer, I went to a recruiting tournament outside Boston. When I was in the area I visited a small college that contacted me. It first sparked an interest in me because it was a Christian college, and I was looking for more than the average college experience. I knew that I could get a four year degree anywhere, but felt like there had to be a place where I could study and also continue my faith journey that began when I was young. To be able to play lacrosse made it a perfect choice. When I arrived at Gordon College, all I could do was sit and gaze at my surroundings. It was such a simple beauty that it captivated me. It was not just the aesthetics that intrigued me, but also the vibe that I could feel reverberating off of every object and person. That instant, I knew I wanted to attend this college because it just felt like the right place for me. Throughout my four year stay there, I will take place in mission projects, attend chapel services three days a week, and volunteer in the community as I study public history and possibly minor in outdoor education ministry. I will also be able to join the lacrosse brotherhood and play for the Fighting Scots.
How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with your committed college?
I was able to send my BeRecruited link to the coach and he could immediately see my grades, service projects, pictures, and video. It was a lot faster than sending a recruiting file/video in the mail.
Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why?
My mom. She kept me focused on my ultimate goal, and encouraged me the entire way. She helped me whenever I needed it. The other person that helped me immensely was my travel coaches. They encouraged me each step along the way and made contacts with the schools that I got contacts through BeRecruited and recruiting tournaments.
To date, what do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sport career?
My biggest accomplishments in my sports career is the friendships that I have made with everyone I have played with and for. These relationships will last longer and mean more than any athletic accomplishments on the field that I can try to hang onto throughout the years.
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