National Collegiate Scouting Association Athletic Recruiting

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National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Athletic Recruiting
Type Privately Held
Industry Education and Sports
Founded 2000
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Key people Chris Krause: founder, CEO
Products Athletic recruiting
Revenue $35.8 million
Employees 350+
Website NCSA

National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Athletic Recruiting is an organization that connects middle and high school student-athletes with college coaches.[1] NCSA teaches middle and high school student-athletes about the college recruiting process. NCSA Athletic Recruiting has coined the term athleadership, which means to “empower leaders through sports.”[1] The core values of athleadership include education, all out work ethic, all in attitude, making your mark, team first and leading by example.[1]

The NCSA Athletic Recruiting team consists of coaches, scouts and former college athletes.[1] NCSA Athletic Recruiting was included in the 2012 Inc. 5000, and in the top 20 of Crain’s Fast Fifty in both 2013 and 2012.[2][3][4] The headquarters of NCSA Athletic Recruiting is in Chicago, Illinois.[5] Chris Krause is the founder and CEO of NCSA Athletic Recruiting.[5]


Chris Krause founded NCSA Athletic Recruiting because the recruiting process he went through as a student was difficult.[6] Krause set out to bring recruiting technology together to help high school athletes gain exposure to a network of coaches.[6] The NCSA gives students options that lead to careers after college.[6]

Today, the NCSA Athletic Recruiting leadership team includes Chief Executive Officer and Founder Chris Krause, President and Chief Operating Officer Lisa Strasman, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Plack, Vice President of Marketing Ryan Wells, Vice President of Scouting Operations Adam Diorio, Vice President of Product Andrea Emmons, Vice President of Information Technology Chris Hein, Vice President of Recruiting Operations Rick McDole, and Executive Vice President Izell Reese.[5] NCSA has over 350 former college athletes on staff, including Sue Enquist, Tunde Oshinowo and Cecil Martin. They have also helped many athletes such as Bryan Bulaga, Patrick Brown and Jason Straight.[1]


NCSA Athletic Recruiting teaches student-athletes and their parents about college recruiting.[1] NCSA Athletic Recruiting gives each student-athlete his/her own recruiting profile.[7] On this profile, the student-athlete can create a public page to display his/her talents.[7] Student-athletes’ academic grades and athleticism are evaluated by NCSA Athletic Recruiting scouts With this information, the scouts compose a list of colleges each student-athlete can realistically consider to both make the team and receive financial aid.[7]

In 2008, NCSA Athletic Recruiting assisted almost 4,000 high school seniors.[7] In 2011, over 7,000 eighth-graders joined the NCSA network.[8] The same year, nearly 1,400 seventh-graders joined the network.[8] Through custom technology, NCSA Athletic Recruiting has helped over 60,000 student-athletes obtain $2.4 billion in grants, aid and scholarships.[8]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2013 Crain’s Fast Fifty #13[4]
  • 2012 Crain’s Fast Fifty #20[3]
  • 2012 Inc. 5000 #1378[2]
    • #24 in Education[2]
    • #61 in Illinois[2]
    • #56 in Chicago Metro Area[2]
  • 2012 Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Kbrown. "NFL Star Reminds Athletes What Athleadership is All About". Athletes Wanted. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Company Profile: National Collegiate Scouting Association". Inc. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Fast Fifty No. 20: National Collegiate Scouting Association Inc.". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Fast Fifty 2013: Nos. 11 through 15". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "NCSA Athletic Recruiting". CrunchBase. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Frankiewicz, Kaz. Chris Krause Helps Recruit High School Athletes. Examiner. 
  7. ^ a b c d Futterman, Matthew. "The Do-It-Yourself Athletic Scholarship". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Chen, Stephanie. "Going to extreme measures for child athletes". Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Chicago 2013 Winners of 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For™". 101 Best and Brightest. Retrieved 24 July 2013.