Recruiting Trail Moves Online For College Coaches

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Record registrations of nearly 1,200 in January push beRecruited.com registered coach numbers past 14,000; Football continues dramatic increase

Thanks to berecruited.com and the ability to contact players from across the country, we have signed athletes within the state of Michigan from up to 2 1/2 hours away and have had interest from players as far away as England and California

beRecruited.com, the largest online recruiting network connecting high school athletes with college coaches, announced record registrations for college coaches during the month of January, attracting 1,178 new college coaches across 18 sports. In the past four months, beRecruited has had nearly 3,000 new college coaches register with the service, the largest increase since the service started in 2003. The service now has more than 14,000 registered college coaches representing more than 20,000 college teams.

Football, which is the most recent sport added by beRecruited, had the largest growth in January with 163 new coaches. Baseball, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, softball, and men's and women's soccer also all had at least 75 new registered coaches in January.

"Thanks to berecruited.com and the ability to contact players from across the country, we have signed athletes within the state of Michigan from up to 2 1/2 hours away and have had interest from players as far away as England and California," said Andy Hossmer, head women's soccer coach at Jackson Community College in Clarklake, Mich. "This simply would not be possible without berecruited.com. Being able to search by major is helpful too, because it narrows the field and directs players who are more likely to be interested in our academic programs to us."

"Our product efficiently provides a national footprint for coaches looking to manage recruiting budgets in tight economic times," said Jeff Cravens, president of beRecruited. "Our ability to deliver in-depth profiles of nearly 400,000 high school athletes and allows coaches to quickly identify potential student-athletes is the reason why we are seeing unprecedented interest in our service."

"College athletics is a marketplace that rewards a business that brings value," Cravens said. "Our technology platform brings scale and efficiency to what has historically been a fragmented and inefficient marketplace. College coaches are quite competent of evaluating student-athletes, and we focus on helping them quickly find those athletes."

By creating a profile with beRecruited.com, high school athletes can instantly connect with registered college coaches across America. Athletes update their profiles with recent statistics, videos and photos, and college coaches can view the profiles that fit their programs and connect with the athletes. Coaches are alerted via email when an athlete fits their parameters.

In addition to the growth in the coaching ranks, beRecruited added more than 30,000 new registered users in January, and generated 438,000 connections between high school athletes and college coaches for the month - 50,000 connections more than any previous month in the history of the service. beRecruited has facilitated more than 5 million connections between athletes and college coaches since its inception.

The company's service is free, maintaining the founders' principle of providing a free resource for athletes. For a one-time fee of $39.99 athletes can enhance their profiles by becoming a deluxe-user. Founded in 2000 by Ryan Spoon, a collegiate swimmer for Duke University, it was first created exclusively for NCAA swimming and diving and now serves athletes and coaches from 18 different sports. For more information, visit http://www.berecruited.com.

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