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Jump start your college career with increased direction and focus. Sparks clients enjoy:
- North of 90% first choice admit rates on average
- Learning best practices for communicating with college coaches
- Saving time and money by channeling resources into the best academic and athletic fit
- Partnering with experienced advisors to eliminate stress and uncertainty at every milestone
But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what some of our clients have to say about working with Sparks:
Meet Angela M.
Recruited at the Universities of Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Tulsa
“By the time I contacted Sparks I was so overwhelmed by the coxswain recruiting process that I started questioning my desire to compete in college. The counselors alleviated my anxiety immediately, and because they specialize in academic admissions as well as athletics, I learned how to define my long-term goals and make choices with the big picture in mind. Now I’m a proud graduate and will always be grateful to Sparks for helping me find the best overall experience.”
Meet Brad H.
Recruited at Harvard and Stanford Universities
“The rowing recruiting process was a high-pressure scenario, but the team at Sparks’ helped me feel well-informed and in control. From recruiting timelines and sports resumes to understanding team cultures and interacting with college coaches, my counselor streamlined every step of the process. By my senior year, I was able to take more risks with my applications and weigh all of my options with a sound mind.“
Meet Trofym A.
Recruited at Yale and George Washington Universities
“Even as a top rowing prospect in Canada, the recruiting system in the US was overwhelming. I considered the best programs in the country but felt like something was missing. As a second semester senior, I realized that the fastest team is not always the best choice. In May of my senior year, Sparks helped me identify schools where I would excel both athletically and academically. I went on to complete both an undergraduate and master’s degree, win a World Championship, and experience three Olympic Games.”
Meet Ariana R.
Recruited at Wesleyan University and Bates College
“When my mother first told me she hired this firm to help me, I told her she was wasting her money. I was already communicating with college rowing coaches and felt like I had everything under control. I was so wrong! Sparks widened my perspective on the college selection process. My counselor challenged me to consider serious issues I never would have thought about on my own. They helped me uncover needs I didn’t realize I had, and they empowered me to take a step back and critically analyze every option from a big picture point of view.”
Meet Gavin S.
Recruited at Cornell and Columbia Universities
“There is such an advantage to working with a firm like Sparks. They have a wealth of knowledge and expertise with the rowing recruiting world as a whole, and all of the counselors are committed to understanding your long term goals. Everyone I spoke to was dedicated to helping me find a school where I would develop as an athlete, scholar and person. I didn’t have to sacrifice any of my priorities, and that’s incredibly valuable.”
Director of Coxswain Coaching
Director of Special Projects
Marcus is a six-time world medalist, three-time world champion, and an Olympic bronze medalist coxswain from Philadelphia. He holds a B.A. from Temple University and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. He has worked at Sparks since 2010. As a coxswain, he is intimately acquainted with the recruiting and training issues around specialized sport positions and is the primary architect of Sparks' coxswain curriculum.
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