It's about that time again...
Let's hear from another one of our recently committed BeRecruited athletes. This week we're speaking with golfer, Hannah Lewis.
Q & A
Name: Hannah Lewis
College: Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, Bowling Green, OH
Q: Do you only play golf? And did you know all along you wanted to play in college?
A: I've only played golf (but have been involved in lots of other things too) and realized I had more than average talent in it. I decided to really commit myself to playing at the national level during my second year, and the two years of hard work since have really paid off.
I did know that I wanted to play in college from the beginning. After attending an elite golf camp after my freshman season, I had some help from a college coach in terms of how to direct my interests and abilities to choose the right school, and how to market myself so that the colleges I wanted to play for would be interested in me.
I feel that playing DI will help me achieve a higher level of play, that will ultimately boost me toward my goal of playing professionally after college.
Q: When did you start getting interest from college coaches?
A: The coach was my first priority. The Bowling Green coach and I really connected from the beginning and she was the only one that truly made a consistent effort to be in touch and encourage me in my game. She seemed genuinely interested in my WHOLE person. She also was the first to call on July 1, and offer her financial package to me. While it is not all about the money she put herself out there right away (from an NCAA timing perspective) and that made me feel very valued.
I started by sending letters to 30 DI schools that had players at, or above, my scoring level. I then used BeRecruited to keep those who responded updated on my scores, etc. About 10 schools made “offers.”
By the time I narrowed down my top choices there were three, and two of those decline phone calls were the toughest things I have ever had to do!
Because I was so new to the national scene, I had interest from bigger DI schools after I sent letters. Some of the smaller schools were interested after I got on BeRecruited.
By the end of the process, my top three and several of my BeRecruited contacts (that were still in the running) were consistently calling/emailing. The last week was intense - I had told the coaches I really wanted to decide before school started -- when the time came they were a little more persistent (even after I had told them I had made the choice on another school).
Q: How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with your committed college?
A: BeRecruited was one of the first places Coach Young looked to get a feel for who I was as a person. I tried really hard to make my profile really reflect all aspects of me. I also used it to keep her updated on my scores as I competed nationally via my blog posts (and still do).
Q: Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why?
A: My parents (who are also my high school coaches). They have also helped/encouraged other golfers in our conference to use BeRecruited because it has been such a nice tool for us.
Q: What role did you club coaches/HS coaches have in helping you get recruited?
A: My swing coach was minimally helpful (although willing) and my parents were the most helpful! My high school counselor made sure my academics were what they needed to be to play any level (D1, 2, 3 or NAIA).
Q: What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?
A: The cold contact phone calls. And feeling a coach was not so interested! But everything else was ok! It was sort of like taking an extra class to be able to keep up on everything and stay organized.
Q: To date, what do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sport career?
A: Winning national level tournaments (6000+ yards of play) over girls ranked higher than me nationally after only playing golf for 2.5 years (3 to date). From forward tees in high school I have broken par 7 times (2 - 18 hole rounds this year @ 68/par 72 courses, 4 combined sub par rounds for 9 hole events between this season and last).
Q: What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport past high school?
A: Work hard EVERY day on your sport. I think this is what brings you beyond the average student-athlete in high school. Keep focused on the goal and make sure your parents are on your side. I could not have gotten this far without my parents (and I have 3 other younger siblings - 2 with special needs). We accomplished this as a team! I am SOOO excited about BGSU!
Q: Any other words of wisdom…
A: Have goals for the type of school you want to play for (and have your game be at that level before you start the recruiting process). Get yourself out there - market yourself to the schools you want to attend if they have not noticed you! beRecruited is a great tool for this! Be true to yourself when making the decision.