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Advice from Recently Committed Volleyball Player: Jaclyn Buscher

Jaclyn Buscher, volleyball player

From Lakewood, Colorado

Committed to Bentley University

"Start early and plan on spending time each week to stay on top of contacts and college research."

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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?

I started high school playing soccer and volleyball, but quit playing soccer my sophomore year to focus more on volleyball and begin playing club volleyball. I didn’t know I wanted to play college volleyball until my junior year which was when I really started to understand the competitive nature of the sport and completely fell in love with it. If you would’ve told me even a year and a half ago that I would be playing volleyball in college, I never would’ve believed you.

Why did you ultimately choose your college? How many other schools were you looking at? When did you start getting interest from college coaches? Were they knocking down your door, or were you reaching out to them? If so, how?

I was looking at one other school seriously, that is I went on one other campus visit, but was communicating with many others coaches. I ultimately chose Bentley because it had everything I was looking for in a school: a beautiful campus, smaller amount of students, close to a big city, great athletic facilities, and when I was on campus I just had that feeling like this was where I should be. I started getting interest from college coaches in the spring of my junior but had started reaching out to coaches in the fall of my junior year. Coaches weren’t knocking down my doors, I definitely had to reach out to them. However, my senior year, I had a lot more interest and was receiving a lot more phone calls and emails from coaches that I had not originally reached out to. I reached out to coaches by sending an initial email to see if they were interested. If they didn’t respond, I pretty well figured that they were not interested and if it was a school I was really interested in, I would follow up with a phone call just to make sure.

How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with your committed college?

I bought the [deluxe] package where I could see which coaches were looking at my profile and saw that Bentley had looked at my profile. I did some research on the school and thought it was a place that I could see myself so sent the coach an email. She replied saying she was interested and we kept talking from there.

Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why? (Parents, a coach, a hs counselor?)

Honestly, I was the one that did most of the work to get recruited. My mom helped me by keeping me organized and telling me about new schools she thought I should look into, but she made sure that I was the one sending out all of the emails and being the one that kept in contact with the coaches. Out of everything, my online recruiting profiles helped me the most just by getting my name out there for coaches to see.

What role did you club coaches/hs coaches have in helping you get recruited? How active were your parents in the process?

My club coach helped me the fall of my senior year by getting me in contact with a recruiting counselor who knows a lot of coaches and sent my information out to a lot of new schools. He also helped me do a lot of research on what schools had my major and had volleyball programs that suited my level. My mom helped with researching and staying on track also.

What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?

The most challenging part was staying on top of all the emails and just trying to stay in communication with all of the coaches. Also, at the start of the process it was incredibly difficult researching all of the schools that I was interested in and sending out all of my initial emails. That probably took the longest.

To date, what do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sport career?

My biggest accomplishment is just the growth that I have had in volleyball over the last year and a half. I began playing on a competitive club volleyball team by junior year and was incredibly awkward at the beginning of the season. I didn’t pick up a volleyball until my freshman year for my high school team and my coach wouldn’t let me play in the front row, even though I was 5’10”, until my junior year because I couldn’t hit a ball to save my life.

What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport past high school?

I would recommend starting to research what schools you are interested in your sophomore year, if possible. You don’t need to act on anything, but I just felt really behind my junior year when I had no idea what I was looking for in a college and needed to start sending out some emails to coaches. As much as possible you want to get a lot of work done your sophomore and junior year because your senior year is incredibly busy and it becomes really stressful trying to manage it all.

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