PRNewswire/ -- Tough economic times and the fall sports season have collectively contributed to beRecruited's record growth numbers, company executives announced today. In September alone, more than 25,000 new athletes registered with the service, a 211% increase from last September. The site also noted record-growth with newly registered college coaches and parents, as well as connections made between athletes and coaches. beRecruited is the largest free online network connecting high school athletes and collegiate coaches, facilitating thousands of scholarships annually.
"The country's financial turbulence has parents looking for alternatives while facing the high costs of education and the situation with the lending industry," said Jeff Cravens, president of beRecruited.com. "We typically see growth during late summer and fall, with athletes readying themselves for their season. But as families are examining how they are spending their hard-earned money, I believe they are finding beRecruited is by far the most effective recruiting solution available."
"As a parent you can spend thousands of dollars traveling to tournaments and camps trying to get your child noticed by college coaches, in hopes of landing a scholarship," said Liz Houser, a parent of a successfully recruited beRecruited user. "We learned about beRecruited and decided to give it a try. For a one-time investment of $40, our return was Matt's baseball scholarship, which saved us thousands in educational costs. And Matt gets to play the sport he loves. I recommend beRecruited to any parent with a serious athlete."
A snapshot of growth during the month of September:
-- More than 200,000 direct connections were made between high school athletes and college coaches
-- 25,845 new student athletes registered during September, a 211% increase over last September
-- 385 new college coaches registered during September, bringing the total number to more than 12,000
-- 790 new high school coaches registered, bringing the total number of high school coaches to more than 10,000
-- 892 new parents registered, marking the best month ever for parent growth, and bringing the number to more than 7,000
During 2008, the site has experienced record growth across all categories, including new registered athletes, college coaches and parents, as well as generated more than 1.5 million connections. Overall, beRecruited has generated more than 4.3 million connections between athletes and college coaches. beRecruited now has more than 306,000 total registered users, including 275,000 high school athletes, 12,000 college coaches and 10,000 high school coaches.
"Our dynamic growth is attributable to several factors coming together," said Jeff Cravens, president of beRecruited.com. "Creating and maintaining a digital athletic resume is a natural extension to the way high school students are consuming media today. Second, the current economic times provide a strong incentive for parents and students to explore ways to fund a college education. And finally, college coaches are looking for ways to get more out of their recruiting budget and our platform provides a very efficient manner to find athletes that can excel in a particular program."
By creating a profile with beRecruited.com, high school athletes can instantly connect with registered college coaches across America. In this networking community, athletes update their profiles with recent statistics, videos and photos, and college coaches can view the profiles that fit their programs and connect with the athletes.
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