Graduate In The USA

How to be recruited as a student-athlete?

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Australia has a strong sporting culture, and playing college sport at U.S institutions can be a great fit for Aussies.

  • How do you communicate with U.S. college coaches?
  • Can you be recruited by U.S. colleges from Australia?
  • What are the three sporting associations?

In this episode, hear from Aussie Heather Marini, a Division 1 quarterback coach for Brown University’s NCAA football team and former sports coach in Melbourne.

Join Marini as she unpacks the recruitment process, talks about how you can find your best fit sports program and U.S. institution, and demystifies how college coaches recruit students.

Listen to ‘Graduate in the USA’ and turn your student-athlete dreams into reality!


Host: Samantha Jackson, U.S. Consulate Melbourne, EducationUSA Australia/ Education Outreach Manager  

Guest: Heather Marini, Brown University, NCAA Division I Football Quarterback Coach  


College Sports Information:

There are 3 college sport associations in the U.S. 

2-year institutions:

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

4-year Institutions:

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA))

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

Start your research and identify college sports programs by visiting these links:

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA):

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

In planning your high school studies so that you meet the NCAA eligibility requirements visit these links:

NCAA study plan worksheet:

NCAA Core Course Title Guide:


Do you want to study in the United States?

Learn more about how you can graduate in the USA by visiting EducationUSA Australia here.

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