Taite Commits to Dartmouth!
Date Posted: 8/13/2018
Q: Congratulations on your decision to play at Dartmouth! Can you tell us about your recruiting process to provide some insight for our younger players?
A: Thank you!! My recruiting process started during my freshman year. I put together a list of about 25 schools that had some of the key components I was looking for (strong academics, competitive volleyball, east coast, campus feel). Fortunately, I have two older brothers, and so I had visited a ton of schools already and knew what they had to offer. I sent emails to these schools before every big tournament with my basic information, schedule, and most recent highlight film. Things started to pick up during my sophomore year and the summer going into to Junior year. I started calling coaches that showed interest in me, attending camps, and going on a few unofficial visits. By the beginning of Junior year, my list narrowed down to about 8 schools. During this time, spots were constantly opening and closing and lots of coaches were changing, so I really had to keep my mind open to all options. This summer, while I was at the Dartmouth camp, I fell in love with the campus, coaching staff, and players. After learning more about their program, student life, and what the school had to offer, I knew it was the perfect fit for me!
Q: How has Wildcat Jrs. prepared or helped you through the college recruiting process?
A: Wildcats has been nothing but awesome throughout my recruiting process! First and foremost Cassie Rose has been willing to do whatever it takes for me to be able to play volleyball at my dream school. She was there every step of the way giving me direction and advice. Similarly, every coach that I have had since I was 12 years old has been dedicated to making me the best player I could be. As a player, it is extremely important to make use of all of the resources that Wildcats has available. Everyone is truly willing to help with anything you need, and they will make the process much easier. I would never be in the position I am today without Wildcats!
Q. Is there any advice you would give our younger Wildcat Jrs. players that want to pursue playing volleyball in college?
A: For all of the players looking to play collegiate volleyball, I have 3 pieces of advice. First, recruiting needs and coaching staffs change constantly, so never fully rule out a school! Next, do not worry about impressing coaches during games. If you work your hardest in practice and tournaments, have good intentions, and have the right attitude it will all work out. Lastly, do not compare your recruiting process to anyone else. I can assure you that no one has the same journey, so focus on yours. Yes, recruiting can be a long, time-consuming process, but it does pay off big time! :)