beRecruited Enhances Toolset, Features for Athletes, Parents as Fall Sports Season Starts

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The nation's largest online athletic recruiting leader has facilitated more than 8 million connections between high school athletes, college coaches. All fundamental beRecruited features are now available on an eye-catching home page allowing athletes to get connected more efficiently.

These enhancements bring tremendous value to our users, and we have more enhancements in development

In conjunction with the start of the fall sports season, beRecruited.com, the largest online recruiting network connecting high school athletes with college coaches, today unveiled enhanced tools and new features designed to facilitate greater collegiate opportunities for aspiring high school athletes.

beRecruited's new athlete profile home page, which is the starting point for aspiring high school athletes, features a comprehensive suite of tools designed to assist high school athletes create their digital athletic resume, connect with college coaches, and research athletic and academic information on thousands of colleges and universities. All fundamental beRecruited features are now available on an eye-catching home page allowing athletes to get connected more efficiently.

Coach Tracker: Provides a clear synopsis of the activity from beRecruited's 17,000 registered college coaches with an athlete profile. This allows athletes to see the coaches who might be interested in their academic and athletic ability.

My Progress: Shows athletes their progress on building a comprehensive profile, while providing suggestions on the next steps to increase the value and visibility of their profile to college coaches.

College Tracker: Utilizes an algorithm combining athlete and coach preferences and activity to provide suggestions of college programs to review based upon the user's athletic and academic profile.

To date, the site's platform has generated more than 8 million connections between athletes and coaches in 18 sports, including more than 3.25 million connections in 2009.

"These enhancements bring tremendous value to our users, and we have more enhancements in development," said Jeff Cravens, president of beRecruited.com. "High school athletes and their parents in record numbers are utilizing our proprietary platform and toolset to find the right collegiate opportunities, leading to thousands of scholarships annually. We remain focused on delivering the most effective, efficient, and economical athletic recruiting solution available."

beRecruited's user base is comprised of more than 500,000 student-athletes, 17,000 college coaches, 19,000 high school and club coaches, and 15,000 parents. Approximately 19,000 high schools have active athletes registered with beRecruited, representing more than 100,000 different high school teams.

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, academic information, 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 athletic and academic parameters.

"Coaches from across the country were able to find me on beRecruited.com. Without beRecruited, I can't imagine having even made half of these contacts. It was a great feeling each time I logged on and saw another coach had viewed my profile," said Caelie Fish, a rower from St. Francis High (Folsom, Calif.). She is committed to San Diego State University.

"I cannot emphasize enough how helpful beRecruited.com benefited me to get recognized. The most valuable and significant feature of the beRecruited website was that it enabled me to really put myself out there to colleges. Being able to post photos and video clips enabled coaches to see the skills I possess," said Kaygan Hutchison, a Lincoln County High (Branchlan, W.Va.) basketball player now committed to West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

"I have been able to be in contact with numerous student-athletes from outside my normal draw area," said Steve Shaw, wrestling coach at the University of Albany. "Several of them have made arrangements to come on a campus visit as a result of our contact. I joined beRecruited about a month and a half ago and have already had over 100 guys review and over 60 guys bookmark my page. I couldn't be happier."

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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