Mens sana in corpore sano.
Tim Wilkison - professional tennis player on both the ATP and Senior Pro Tennis Tour for 25 years, career high ranking of #21 - transitioned into coaching after his playing career was over. Not just a coach anymore, Tim now serves as the Director of Tennis and the Director of International Athletes for National Scouting Report, an institution that has connected high school athletes with US college coaches for athletic scholarships/positions on teams for 37 years. Interview
How do you scout players & connect them with colleges?
Tim Wilkinson : National Scouting Report scouts perform comprehensive evaluations of athletes before we decide if we will offer to work with them. We evaluate the athlete’s tennis skill, academic performance, character and then their college academic/athletic goals to see if they are a true college prospect. Because of this evaluation, college coaches know NSR as a trusted source and 95% of our athletes over the past 37 years have received athletic scholarship offers. NSR works with head tennis coaches from all the men’s and women’s tennis teams in the five main US college divisions; Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA and Junior College.
How do you maintain contact with your clients before/during their college experience?
TW : As I mentioned, NSR scouts spend a lot of time scouting our potential prospects. We watch them play in person and/or on video, we have an extended meeting with the athlete and their family and we gather feedback from the athlete’s private coaches. Then if we decide to work with an athlete, we discuss their US college preferences in academics, athletics, size of school, location and other factors. NSR scouts continue to communicate with the athletes as NSR connects them with US college coaches and advises them through the process of deciding which school is the best fit for them. There are many weeks when I am in communication with 100 college tennis coaches about the players that I work with.