Want to know what college recruiters are looking for in their athletes? Should you specialize in a sport at a young each to reach that level?
The State University of New York College at Brockport has been a powerhouse in the Division III Men's Basketball scene for years. Their fast-paced style of play has produced 9 conference championship teams and several appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship tournament. One of those appearances was in the 2006-2007 season where they reached the Elite 8, and Seth and Joe were both players on that team.
This 2019-2020 season was on track to be one of their best ever with a 26-3 record, and ranking as high as 11th on D3HOOPS.com. Just as they reached the Sweet Sixteen in the tournament, their season was cut short by the coronavirus.
Seth Johnston and Joe Clarke are both long-time coaches on staff, alongside Head Coach Greg Dunne. They share the recruiting process used by Brockport, and the types of players they are looking for in their program. They also stress the importance of unstructured play during childhood, and the importance of becoming a well-rounded athlete versus specializing in one sport while growing up. This is a great episode for students looking to play a sport in college, parents looking for help on guiding their kids in sports, and fellow coaches at any level looking to gain some insight on some of the behind the scenes works of an excellent program.
1:30 - Rapid fire questions
8:10 - 2019-2020 Season
9:10 - Transition From Player to Coach
14:30 - Seth’s Story
20:00 - Recruiting
28:15 - Bigger, Faster, Stronger
33:15 - Importance of Unstructured Play
40:00 - Building Toughness Through Play
41:30 - Why Brockport?
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