You know you've got what it takes.
You’ve got big goals and you’re ready to make them happen.
But you’re feeling confused at just how to get noticed and make meaningful connections to the right coaches in the right way.
You need a plan. You need a roadmap. And you need someone in your corner who can equip you with the strategic tools that will help you increase your exposure so you can achieve your dream of playing at the next level.
My name is Laurie Yogi and I help volleyball families like yours navigate the recruitment journey with more confidence and less overwhelm.
I’m a teacher, single parent, and VolleyMom to two college athletes (and “team mom” to dozens more). I love God, friends, family, fitness, getting “techie” with website design, and of course volleyball. Oh, and chocolate, too!
I started this business after learning the ins and outs of college volleyball recruiting through years of trial and error, mistakes, and celebrations, for my family and for the families I’ve helped. Now I want to help YOU know that college volleyball is possible! I have one daughter, a 5’2″ libero, who played club, high school, and USA volleyball for several years before earning a starting spot on the University of Texas women’s volleyball team (go Longhorns!). I also have a son, a 5’7″ libero who is in the midst of his volleyball career, too.
Like each of my own children, every player’s journey is a bit different. Rest assured, playing volleyball at the next level is totally possible if you can gain the right exposure and make connections with coaches from programs that are the right fit. If you or your student athlete are in the midst of finding your own path and are feeling a little bit stuck, overwhelmed, or “behind” the rest of the crowd… you are in the right place!
This photo was taken after my daughter’s senior night back in 2012. I love these two kiddos more than life and we had so much fun that weekend!
You know what’s not so much fun? Navigating the whole crazy recruiting scene…
I mean, we as parents know our kiddos have their special unique gifts and are super awesome people and ANY coach would LOVE to have them (riiiiiight?????).
Well, if you catch yourself speaking about YOUR student-athlete that way, I’m here to tell you that you are right! Unfortunately, moms like us (dads, too!) are not the ones who have to be convinced how great our kids are…
Of course WE think our kids are the BOMB.com, but it’s the COACHES who have to take notice.
That’s where I come in.
And that's how Student Athlete Connections was born.
Answering a Need
I started SAC to answer questions from my son and his teammates (and their parents) about how we were supposed to get seen by coaches on the mainland. We live in Hawaii so the recruiting opportunities come around only once or twice per YEAR (and those opportunities are very expensive)!
During my daughter’s recruiting days, things were so different. Back then we didn’t put videos on YouTube, we didn’t have web pages, and social media was still in its infancy.
What did we do back in “the old days”?
We wrote letters. We made DVDs. And we MAILED THEM. Crazy, I know!
I realized I needed to step up my game and figure out the best way to maximize my son's exposure to coaches.
Looking for a Solution
Google told me there were companies out there that could help, but there was a slight problem. I’m a single mom on a teacher’s salary, and many of them were full blown recruiting services which I couldn’t afford and didn’t need.
One place strung us along for over a week on conference calls, only to unveil their lowest priced package at the verrrrry end of the process, even despite my asking several times along the way (ugh!). It was almost equal to my mortgage payment!
All I was looking for was a basic website, so my son would be able to forward his information to coaches, and maybe a few tips for the best way to do it.
So I started doing my own research
I had already begun blogging a bit with another side business I ran from home, and I wondered how hard it would be to apply the same principles to creating a site that my son could call his own – AND that he could put to use to start reaching out to coaches.
I started with my son’s page and have since helped several of his teammates. Before I knew it, word of mouth took off and I’ve been getting requests for my help with other volleyball student-athletes ever since!
But can't my amazing athletically talented kid get recruited without their own website?
Absolutely, yes they can! There are a number of ways to increase the odds:
But for most athletes, THIS is their REALITY:
So how do you stand out?
We live in a technology-rich, fast-paced world. Right now, you have at your disposal the ability to reach coaches by connecting them to your virtual highlight reel.
Sure, some factors in the recruiting process will be out of your control, but here’s what you CAN control: your initiative to be proactive and your effort to make it happen.
For my family, and ALL of my clients, having an online profile, an email strategy, and knowing the recruiting rules needed to navigate the whole thing has sure helped!
The road to college volleyball doesn't have to be so stressful
As a result, my hope for you is that the road to college becomes a little less stressful, with a light at the end of the tunnel when it’s all said and done.