NCSA's mission is to empower leaders through sports, and we want to help as many qualified athletes as we can achieve their dream of playing at the college level. NCSA's Athleadership Grants are given to deserving student-athletes who represent their self, their family, and their school with integrity at all times. These student-athletes work hard in the classroom, lead their team, and give back to their communities.

We don't want you to miss out on any opportunities, so submit your application
and have it reviewed by the NCSA Athleadership Team now!

Meet The Team

Name: Katy Massey
Department: Athleadership Grant Program
Title: Athleadership Grant Coordinator
College/Sport Played: Illinois State University Women's Track and Field and USAV Volleyball 
Hometown: Bartlett, IL
Favorite Team: Every Chicago sports team, except for the Sox!!
#1 Recruiting Tip: Set a goal for yourself to accomplish every single day. Just like studying for an exam, it is more beneficial for you to study over a period of time instead of cramming it all in the night before. Just remember, if you are willing to put the work in the results will show!!

Name: Chris Wallace
Department: Scouting
Title: Scout Manager
College/Sport Played: Indiana University (worked with Athletic Department with football, swimming, volleyball, among others)
Hometown: Lake Zurich, Illinois
Favorite Team: Chicago Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls
#1 Recruiting Tip: Be persistent. Don't let college coaches forget who you are, give them updates, stay in touch, and always…BE PROFESSIONAL!
Name: John Rozsa
Department: Scouting
Title: Director of Give Back
College/Sport Played: Miami University/Governors State University
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Favorite Team: Browns, Cavs, Tribe
#1 Recruiting Tip: The key to a successful recruiting process is knowing what to do and when and how to do it. When working toward an athletic scholarship, approach your four years of high school like you would the four quarters of a game. Although the pressure seems greatest during the third and fourth quarters, the points scored during the first half can be the difference between winning and losing.
Name: Joe Penney
Department: Financial Aid
Title: Senior Financial Aid Coordinator
College/Sport Played: University of Kentucky Men's Soccer; University of Iowa
Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Favorite team: Real Madrid
#1 Recruiting Tip: Be proactive – do NOT wait for coaches to contact you! Make phone calls and send emails to introduce yourself and be sure to respond/follow up to any coach that you hear from. If you don't hear from a coach right away, don't feel discouraged. Continue to reach out to more and more coaches and if you don't hear back, try again in a few weeks.

Name: John Rozek
Department: Football Scouting
Title: Senior National Football Scout
College/Sport Played: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Football
Hometown: De Pere, WI
Favorite team: Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers
#1 Recruiting Tip: Start early, be proactive, and enjoy the process!

Name: Ned Colleran
Department: Scouting
Title: Scouting Director
College/Sport Played: St. Mary's University Men's Soccer
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Team: Chicago Cubs
#1 Recruiting Tip: What a student athlete does off the field is just as important as what takes place on the field. Performance in the classroom tells a coach plenty about an athlete's likelihood of reaching their potential on the playing field.

Name: Trevor DeRose
Department: Scouting
Title: Scout
College/Sport Played: University of Illinois-Chicago/Football, Baseball, Basketball
Hometown: Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Favorite Team: Chicago Bulls
#1 Recruiting Tip: Always consider for yourself the top priorities and goals in your recruiting, and work towards those opportunities so these goals aren't something you need to compromise.

Name: Jaime Hymer
Department: Football Scouting
Title: National Football Scout
College/Sport Played: University of Iowa
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
#1 Recruiting Tip: Having a game plan will build your confidence, exposure and motivate you to ensure you find a University that will provide you a quality education, play the game you love and not be in a large amount of debt.
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Athleadership Grants help financially assist deserving student-athletes with enrollment into the NCSA program.

Along with an NCSA profile, the student-athlete gets:

NCSA awards Athleadership Grants to student-athletes who qualify based on leadership, GPA, financial need, and community service. The Athleadership grant is sponsored by the NFL Players Association.

Features and Benefits

These tools will help you get recruited so you can easily find schools, connect with coaches and post your athletic information.

Here is everything you will receive as part of the Athleadership Grant:
Athletic Recruiting Profile
  • Personal Recruiting Web Page
  • Unlimited Updates
Athletic Recruiting Management System
  • Contact Management System
  • Recruiting To-Do List
  • Interactive Search Map
  • Coach Viewership Report
  • Coach Request Email Alerts
Enhanced Evaluation Video
  • Professional Highlight/Skills Video
  • Expert Analysis, Spot Shadow, and Sequencing
Athletic Recruiting Network Distribution
  • Annual Custom Match
Guidance & Education
  • Recruiting Classes
  • Financial Aid Boot Camp, Scholarship Negotiation, Coach Communications
  • College Coach Forums
  • Live Recruiting Help Desk
Private Coaching
  • Access to Daily Office Hours with a Recruiting Expert
  • Annual Review
Princeton Review
  • ACT/SAT Prep Course
Athleader Career Network
  • Resume Builder
  • Interactive Job Board