Coast Guard Coaches Busy on the Road Recruiting

Coast Guard Coaches Busy on the Road Recruiting

NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Coast Guard Academy coaching staff is already looking forward to 2013-14 season and beyond well before the 2012-13 academic year has begun as the coaches have been all over the United States this summer recruiting for years to come.

New head women’s basketball coach Alex Ivansheck made a few stops in Pennsylvania at the Summer Exposure Championships in Pittsburgh and the Blue Chip Basketball’s USA Invitational in York while also attending the 2012 U.S. Junior Nationals East Coast Challenge in Union, N.J., the 2012 U.S. Junior Nationals 17U Championships in Washington, D.C. and the 10th Annual MSNM Western Championships in San Diego.

Donna Koczajowski, the Bears softball coach, attended both the NFCA New England Recruiting Camp and Polar Crush Invitational in Devens, Mass. In the Philadelphia area, she attended the NFCA Northeast Academic Showcase, the NFCA Pennsbury Recruiting Camp and the Pennsbury Invitational Tournament.

Koczajowski also did some heavy recruiting in the both the Denver and Boulder areas of Colorado as she attended a pair of NFCA Recruiting Camps, and four events put on by Triple Crown Sports as well as an Independence Day tournament in Boulder and a Louisville Slugger Tournament in Longmont, Col.

“Being on the road, brings invaluable exposure to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and our Athletics program.  Every tournament I go to parents, coaches, and players always stop me to strike up a conversation about someone they know in the Coast Guard or tell me a story how the Coast Guard has impacted them in some positive way,” said Koczajowski. “Being present at various Nationwide high level athletic exposure camps, gives us athletic creditability. It sends the message that we are actively looking for highly successful students-athletes, a combined on-field and classroom success, is the type of student that we are targeting.”

Chris Parsons, the Bears men’s soccer coach, attended the CASL Showcase in Raleigh, N.C. in and the MSSL Showcase in Ft. Dix, N.J.  and the Bethesda Thanksgiving Showcase in Washington, D.C. just after the season ended and also attended the NEFC Showcase in Lancaster, Mass. in March, the MPS Showcase in Boston in May and the EDP ID Camp at Rider University as well as  hosting and working the CESA Elite Academy at Connecticut College in July.

Women’s soccer coach Susan Grant attended both the Needham Memorial Tournament and the Mass. Premier Soccer College Showcase in Needham, Mass. And the Players Development Academy (PDA) College Showcase Tournament in New Jersey.

All of the Academy’s coaches also met with prospective cadets this summer on campus as part of the Academy’s AIM (Academy Introduction Mission) program. AIM is a one-week summer program that gives students heading into their senior year of high school a chance to come to the Academy for one week and experience the rigor, discipline, and rewards of the Coast Guard Academy personally, just like a cadet, for one week as well as meet faculty and staff, learn about the  academic, military, and athletic programs, talk with cadets who have sailed the Eagle, flown aircraft, and started their leadership journey, and meet with Coast Guard professionals who are protecting our nation.

“Our coaches really enjoy recruiting, and realize the importance of attracting high-quality individuals to the Coast Guard Academy who one day will make up our service’s officer corps,” said Tim Fitzpatrick, Director of Athletics. “It’s very gratifying to me that they understand and appreciate the need to go the “extra mile” in this critical area, and recognize that young people across the country deserve to have a chance to consider the CGA when making their choice of a college.”