beRecruited.com Sees 77% Increase In Female Student-Athlete Users

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Desire for athletic scholarships follows trend of greater opportunities for inter-collegiate women sports as a result of the 1979 interpretation of legislation now known as Title IX. More than 300,000 connections made between high school female student-athletes and college coaches in the third quarter.

With increased opportunities, the need to find the right fit between the student-athlete and college programs is critically important

beRecruited.com- the largest online recruiting network in the U.S. -- today announced that in the recently completed third quarter, more than 42 percent of the 82,026 new registered student-athletes with beRecruited were females. That figure represents a 77 percent increase from third quarter 2008.

The trend follows an increasing number of collegiate opportunities for women as a result of the 1979 interpretation of legislation now known as Title IX, which launched dramatic growth in athletic opportunities for women over the past 30 years.

Additionally, beRecruited's registered female student-athletes logged in to update their profiles and respond to inquiries from college coaches more than 300,000 times for the quarter, three times as many as in the same period in 2008.

"With increased opportunities, the need to find the right fit between the student-athlete and college programs is critically important," said Jeff Cravens, president of beRecruited. "The online aspect of recruiting creates efficiency in the process, and both the high school female student-athletes and women's programs across the country are benefitting."

beRecruited now has more than 600,000 registered users, including more than 550,000 high school student-athletes and 18,000 college coaches across 18 sports. To date, the service has generated more than 8 million connections, including more than 4 million in 2009. Female student-athletes were involved in more than 47 percent of the 1.86 million connections in Q3 2009.

Continued Cravens: "We've gone from females representing 23 percent of our registered student-athletes two years ago to nearly 45 percent of a much larger group today. That speaks to both the need of the marketplace as well as beRecruited's ability to connect aspiring high school student-athletes with college coaches across all sports."

By creating a profile with beRecruited.com, high school student-athletes can instantly connect with registered college coaches across America. Student-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 student-athletes. Coaches are alerted via email when a student-athlete profile fits their parameters.

Several female student-athletes that have recently committed to collegiate programs provided advice to other beRecruited users currently experiencing the recruiting process:

"beRecruited.com really helped in the recruiting process. Without their help it would have been much more difficult to get my name out there to let coaches know who I am," said Cristen Norman, Diving, Newman High (Wausau, Wisc.), who has committed to Minnesota State University Mankato.

"Don't give up! There's a college or university out there for everyone and there are always coaches recruiting especially on beRecruited," said Sosefina Toilolo, Softball, Cajon High (San Bernardino, Calif.), who has committed to Alabama State University

"The most helpful feature was the ability to know I was being looked at by coaches. Even though I am not committed to one of the schools who looked at me on beRecruited, it still gave me more confidence knowing I was wanted and good enough to play at the next level," said Julie Buechner, Soccer, Central Crossing High (Orient, Ohio), who has committed to the University of South Alabama.

The company's service is free, maintaining the founders' principle of providing a free resource for student-athletes. For a one-time fee of $59.99 or a monthly fee of $9.99, student-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 student-athletes and coaches from 18 different sports. For more information, visit http://www.berecruited.com.

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