After seven years in student-athlete development at a Power 5 school, I’ve seen many students walk on to campus for the first time. A few of these were able to compete for playing time as freshmen. But even fewer were fully ready for the new world they were thrown into away from athletics. These students left high school as a star with the entire school and community helping guide them along. Once they arrive, they quickly realize everyone here is a star. They often struggle with this transition for reasons that have nothing to do with athletic ability.
As a coach or athletic director, you have a responsibility to prepare these young people as students, as well as athletes — helping student-athletes in ways they don’t even know to ask.
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