Recruiting Athletes AND Parents
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Jason Borrelli (@Jason_Borrelli) is the head wrestling coach at Stanford University. Before joining the Cardinal coaching staff in 2007, Borrelli wrestled and coached at Central Michigan.
Here, Borrelli talks about how the parent's role in the recruiting process is critical. Since one of his team's core values is a sense of family, that extends to the student-athlete's family. Borrelli wants to have a great relationship with the parents and get to know them since he's being trusted to take care of their son for the majority of the year.
Borrelli also believes that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree," so it's to his advantage to get to know the parents. Sometimes this means better understanding what drives and motivates athletes, which shapes his coaching techniques.