testimonials

  • Thank you for everything you have done for me to get to this position. I would not be here without your guidance and vision for my mission. Also, thank you for your constant belief that I could go play college football as a QB and I am officially going to be able to make my dream/mission come true. Truly grateful! Again, thank you for everything you have done for me!

    Thank you for everything you have done for me to get to this position. I would not be here without your guidance and vision for my mission. Also, thank you for your constant belief that I could go play college football as a QB and I am officially going to be able to make my dream/mission come true. Truly grateful! Again, thank you for everything you have done for me!

    Kyle Reid
    Cal Poly 2017
  • Thank you for your guidance and insight on the college recruiting process. You helped make a dream come true for Peter. As a parent of an athlete, we did not know how to attract attention and help our son achieve the goal to play basketball at a Division 1 school. Your advice and process was instrumental in helping Peter figure out which school was the best fit for him. You advised us on the best way to approach college coaches, respond to their inquiries and ultimately achieve multiple offers to play Division 1 basketball. Academics was a high priority so your emphasis on working hard to maintain a good GPA was motivating and ensured that Peter was a good candidate for many programs.

    You are incredibly responsive and you were always able to answer our questions and provide a process when decisions needed to be made. Peter is going to UC Davis in the fall to play basketball and we believe this is a great fit for him athletically and academically.

    Thank you again for all your help, support and advice.
    Sincerely

    Thank you for your guidance and insight on the college recruiting process. You helped make a dream come true for Peter. As a parent of an athlete, we did not know how to attract attention and help our son achieve the goal to play basketball at a Division 1 school. Your advice and process was instrumental in helping Peter figure out which school was the best fit for him. You advised us on the best way to approach college coaches, respond to their inquiries and ultimately achieve multiple offers to play Division 1 basketball. Academics was a high priority so your emphasis on working hard to maintain a good GPA was motivating and ensured that Peter was a good candidate for many programs.

    You are incredibly responsive and you were always able to answer our questions and provide a process when decisions needed to be made. Peter is going to UC Davis in the fall to play basketball and we believe this is a great fit for him athletically and academically.

    Thank you again for all your help, support and advice.
    Sincerely

    Ann and Jon Hewitt
    Peter, UC Davis 2016
  • Any athlete who would like to pursue their passion for their sport in college should sign up for A4A. It is a supportive, encouraging, and hard working program that inspired me to continue playing ball in college. I wasn't sure if I wanted to before I joined the program, but thanks to John, I realized that I wanted to include basketball in my college experience. With his help, I contacted coaches and attended camps and visited colleges in the east coast which was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.
    A4A helped me reach my full potential as a student athlete. It helped me put together a highlight video, write an official email to college coaches, and taught me how to communicate in a professional way. I'm so thankful for John and everyone else who is a part of this incredible program. Thanks to you I have found a college that fits both my athletic and academic goals: Wellesley College. Go A4A!

    Any athlete who would like to pursue their passion for their sport in college should sign up for A4A. It is a supportive, encouraging, and hard working program that inspired me to continue playing ball in college. I wasn't sure if I wanted to before I joined the program, but thanks to John, I realized that I wanted to include basketball in my college experience. With his help, I contacted coaches and attended camps and visited colleges in the east coast which was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.
    A4A helped me reach my full potential as a student athlete. It helped me put together a highlight video, write an official email to college coaches, and taught me how to communicate in a professional way. I'm so thankful for John and everyone else who is a part of this incredible program. Thanks to you I have found a college that fits both my athletic and academic goals: Wellesley College. Go A4A!

    Alyssa Cho
    Wellesley College 2017
  • Last year our son Riley decided he would like to play football in College if it was at a very high level academic school. We didn't know how to make this possible on our own and really wanted to make this happen for our son because he had such a strong interest in playing in College and worked so hard to achieve this goal. We had heard about Steve's company Advocates for Athletes, LLC. and contacted him. Steve came to our house, met with my wife and I and our son initially to plot things out. After that Steve met exclusively with Riley and they went through a whole process of matching his academics and playing ability level to the many different schools he had interest in. They met several times and finally came up with a workable list of schools to contact. At that point Steve wrote a template email tailored for Riley that we could send out to these schools along with who to contact (coaches).

    After the initial email blast, Steve was there every step of the way for both my wife and I and all our questions but more importantly for Riley. You could tell this was more than just a business for Steve by the passion and energy he brought to the process. It was a long drawn out process with the emails, calls, Junior Days at the various schools, Summer Camps and was really nice to have Steve as a sounding board to bounce our questions and ideas off of as the recruitment went on. When there was any doubt on something, we would just say to ourselves and our son " ask Steve " what to do. After many months, we got the answer we had hoped for. Riley got accepted into MIT to play football there. Frankly, without Steve and Advocates for Athletes, LLC. this wouldn't have happened. The fee we paid Steve was well worth it and we can't say enough good things about Steve and his company.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Steve and his company Advocates for Athletes, LLC.

    Last year our son Riley decided he would like to play football in College if it was at a very high level academic school. We didn't know how to make this possible on our own and really wanted to make this happen for our son because he had such a strong interest in playing in College and worked so hard to achieve this goal. We had heard about Steve's company Advocates for Athletes, LLC. and contacted him. Steve came to our house, met with my wife and I and our son initially to plot things out. After that Steve met exclusively with Riley and they went through a whole process of matching his academics and playing ability level to the many different schools he had interest in. They met several times and finally came up with a workable list of schools to contact. At that point Steve wrote a template email tailored for Riley that we could send out to these schools along with who to contact (coaches).

    After the initial email blast, Steve was there every step of the way for both my wife and I and all our questions but more importantly for Riley. You could tell this was more than just a business for Steve by the passion and energy he brought to the process. It was a long drawn out process with the emails, calls, Junior Days at the various schools, Summer Camps and was really nice to have Steve as a sounding board to bounce our questions and ideas off of as the recruitment went on. When there was any doubt on something, we would just say to ourselves and our son " ask Steve " what to do. After many months, we got the answer we had hoped for. Riley got accepted into MIT to play football there. Frankly, without Steve and Advocates for Athletes, LLC. this wouldn't have happened. The fee we paid Steve was well worth it and we can't say enough good things about Steve and his company.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Steve and his company Advocates for Athletes, LLC.

    Chris Quinn
    Riley, MIT 2013
  • Every aspect of the college process can be a confusing one, and for athletes, there can be even more moving parts. However, there is a school that can be a good fit for every student-athlete. Finding that school can be very difficult though. That is why Advocates for Athletes has been so helpful for me. John Mylod and the Advocates for Athletes organization helped me find the school and helped me understand what I would need to do to become a student-athlete there. There is so much hard work involves with this whole process, and John provided advice and assistance on everything from researching schools and communicating with coaches to taking visits and completing my application.

    Next year I will be attending New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where I will be studying Film and Television production, and I will be playing on NYU's tennis team. I am extremely excited and I believe that New York is the place for me, but without John and A4A's help, I don't know that I would have discovered that. I was extremely satisfied with Advocates for Athletes and would without a doubt recommend it for other student-athletes in the Bay Area who want to take their talents to the college level.

    Every aspect of the college process can be a confusing one, and for athletes, there can be even more moving parts. However, there is a school that can be a good fit for every student-athlete. Finding that school can be very difficult though. That is why Advocates for Athletes has been so helpful for me. John Mylod and the Advocates for Athletes organization helped me find the school and helped me understand what I would need to do to become a student-athlete there. There is so much hard work involves with this whole process, and John provided advice and assistance on everything from researching schools and communicating with coaches to taking visits and completing my application.

    Next year I will be attending New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where I will be studying Film and Television production, and I will be playing on NYU's tennis team. I am extremely excited and I believe that New York is the place for me, but without John and A4A's help, I don't know that I would have discovered that. I was extremely satisfied with Advocates for Athletes and would without a doubt recommend it for other student-athletes in the Bay Area who want to take their talents to the college level.

    Hal Tuttle
    NYU 2016
  • "We wanted to take the time and let all of you know how grateful we are to have spent the past year working with A4A.

    Steve, never would I have imagined that a word, "Process" would ring so true in regard to helping our daughter navigate the NCAA/Academic institutions.

    As a result of A4A's extensive knowledge, patience and understanding, our daughter Lilly will be attending and swimming at a division one school in the fall of 2013!

    Your knowledge and guidance created a low stress, less worry atmosphere in our household thus allowing our family to enjoy the college journey. The consistent support and advice you provided to our daughter along the way has made her more confident and smart about her choices. The experience has taught all of us that patience, persistence and following the "Process" pays off in the end.

    Thank you for believing in our daughter and for providing such a valuable and knowledgeable service."

    "We wanted to take the time and let all of you know how grateful we are to have spent the past year working with A4A.

    Steve, never would I have imagined that a word, "Process" would ring so true in regard to helping our daughter navigate the NCAA/Academic institutions.

    As a result of A4A's extensive knowledge, patience and understanding, our daughter Lilly will be attending and swimming at a division one school in the fall of 2013!

    Your knowledge and guidance created a low stress, less worry atmosphere in our household thus allowing our family to enjoy the college journey. The consistent support and advice you provided to our daughter along the way has made her more confident and smart about her choices. The experience has taught all of us that patience, persistence and following the "Process" pays off in the end.

    Thank you for believing in our daughter and for providing such a valuable and knowledgeable service."

    Robin and John Nelson
    LILLY, DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY 2013
  • "Steve, I am a true believer in your program and in A4A and what you have done. If you remember we came to you late in the game. Bemi was a great athlete in football (All-Conference as a junior and senior) but had zero, I repeat zero, interest from any school. More importantly, he had no one helping him or telling him what he needed to do even to have any colleges look at him.

    You sat down with us over lunch, laid out a very simple game plan and then you pushed to execute it. From the basics on what to do with ensuring Bemi focus on improving his SAT scores, to making a highlight video and then mapping out the schools that fit a major that he wanted to do with his life. I was impressed by how much 1-1 time you committed to with Bemi, how you coached him on what to do, how to send the emails to the college coaches, how to talk to the coaches, and how to follow-up. More importantly, you stayed on top of everything. You have a "failure is not an option" attitude and its contagious. It is also clear to me that you really care and you work to ensure that the kids you take on are successful and get a chance at a scholarship and more importantly a future education.

    As you know we just got back from a weekend trip to Western State College in Colorado where Bemi has received a scholarship offer to play football there. There is no doubt if anyone wants to go to college to be a student athlete, your program is the way to get them that visibility and a chance. I will be happy to recommend your program to anyone. Please send any doubters my way.

    "Steve, I am a true believer in your program and in A4A and what you have done. If you remember we came to you late in the game. Bemi was a great athlete in football (All-Conference as a junior and senior) but had zero, I repeat zero, interest from any school. More importantly, he had no one helping him or telling him what he needed to do even to have any colleges look at him.

    You sat down with us over lunch, laid out a very simple game plan and then you pushed to execute it. From the basics on what to do with ensuring Bemi focus on improving his SAT scores, to making a highlight video and then mapping out the schools that fit a major that he wanted to do with his life. I was impressed by how much 1-1 time you committed to with Bemi, how you coached him on what to do, how to send the emails to the college coaches, how to talk to the coaches, and how to follow-up. More importantly, you stayed on top of everything. You have a "failure is not an option" attitude and its contagious. It is also clear to me that you really care and you work to ensure that the kids you take on are successful and get a chance at a scholarship and more importantly a future education.

    As you know we just got back from a weekend trip to Western State College in Colorado where Bemi has received a scholarship offer to play football there. There is no doubt if anyone wants to go to college to be a student athlete, your program is the way to get them that visibility and a chance. I will be happy to recommend your program to anyone. Please send any doubters my way.

    Mario Paniccia
    Benefatcor of Bemi, Western State College 2013
  • "I wanted to share with you our family's appreciation for the service that Advocates for Athletes has provided us. A year ago the task of selecting the right school for our daughter was overwhelming. Frankly, once we met with Steve and learned about the extensive research he had done on this issue and the process he had developed based on his findings we knew we made the right choice. An important side benefit in all of this is that our daughter has taken ownership in what will become her future. It has been a great lesson in learning for our family and his deliberate approach has taken much of the anxiety out of what is an otherwise difficult and complicated process. You can count us among the "advocates" for Advocates for Athletes."

    "I wanted to share with you our family's appreciation for the service that Advocates for Athletes has provided us. A year ago the task of selecting the right school for our daughter was overwhelming. Frankly, once we met with Steve and learned about the extensive research he had done on this issue and the process he had developed based on his findings we knew we made the right choice. An important side benefit in all of this is that our daughter has taken ownership in what will become her future. It has been a great lesson in learning for our family and his deliberate approach has taken much of the anxiety out of what is an otherwise difficult and complicated process. You can count us among the "advocates" for Advocates for Athletes."

    David Bartoshuk
    MEGAN, CARNEGIE MELLON 2013
  • "Thank you for all your guidance and help throughout this process. We couldn't have done this without you!! "

    "Thank you for all your guidance and help throughout this process. We couldn't have done this without you!! "

    Karen Bruneman
    BROOKE, LESLEY UNIVERSITY 2013
  • I wanted to take a moment to express our thanks for your steady guidance during Daniel’s athletic journey to college baseball. As you figured out, Daniel’s a great kid, smart, respectful and athletic, but he has needed a push (or two) to move this process forward, and to think about what’s possible. You stayed on him these last two years through regular contact, and gave him many reasons to pursue his dream of playing baseball at the next level. I personally appreciate your responsiveness. When we took a recruiting trip to some Oregon schools, you and I were texting back and forth and you gave me valuable insight (and were very accurate in predicting how our conversations with coaches would go). Ultimately, Daniel had some good choices.

    He committed to NYU after an official visit there in November. He has met with the coaches and some team members, and is very comfortable with his decision. Thanks for all, sir. See you around the bend.

    I wanted to take a moment to express our thanks for your steady guidance during Daniel’s athletic journey to college baseball. As you figured out, Daniel’s a great kid, smart, respectful and athletic, but he has needed a push (or two) to move this process forward, and to think about what’s possible. You stayed on him these last two years through regular contact, and gave him many reasons to pursue his dream of playing baseball at the next level. I personally appreciate your responsiveness. When we took a recruiting trip to some Oregon schools, you and I were texting back and forth and you gave me valuable insight (and were very accurate in predicting how our conversations with coaches would go). Ultimately, Daniel had some good choices.

    He committed to NYU after an official visit there in November. He has met with the coaches and some team members, and is very comfortable with his decision. Thanks for all, sir. See you around the bend.

    Ron Oliner
    DANNY, NYU 2017
  • Conner and I wanted to send you our hearty thank you's for all your help with Conner's college application/positioning, and more importantly, for the enormous role you played in the successful results he had in his process! As you know, he used this process to finalize his choice (he got into his first two; and decided not to apply to any more, with glee), to finalize the size/division of school to go to, to develop relationships with coaches at several division levels, and to narrow down his search to the school that really hit him in all the right places.

    The steps you helped him through, as well as your personal involvement, were spot on. Conner may be one of the more stubborn humans on the planet, but he followed through really well on this. He succeeded in the early application process in getting great coach support (along with good grades and exceptional SAT's), and being completely done with the madness of college admissions at about the same time most of his friends were just starting with the frenzy. He is extremely excited about both school and baseball at Lewis & Clark. We recommend anyone thinking about college and athletics, at D1, D2, or D3 levels, to talk with you as we have an extremely high level of trust in you and in the process you took Conner through. It helped in a broader way than just the nightmare of the college application process, and as a parent I have huge appreciation for that.

    All the best-I am happy to talk to any perspective clients about the good work you do.

    Conner and I wanted to send you our hearty thank you's for all your help with Conner's college application/positioning, and more importantly, for the enormous role you played in the successful results he had in his process! As you know, he used this process to finalize his choice (he got into his first two; and decided not to apply to any more, with glee), to finalize the size/division of school to go to, to develop relationships with coaches at several division levels, and to narrow down his search to the school that really hit him in all the right places.

    The steps you helped him through, as well as your personal involvement, were spot on. Conner may be one of the more stubborn humans on the planet, but he followed through really well on this. He succeeded in the early application process in getting great coach support (along with good grades and exceptional SAT's), and being completely done with the madness of college admissions at about the same time most of his friends were just starting with the frenzy. He is extremely excited about both school and baseball at Lewis & Clark. We recommend anyone thinking about college and athletics, at D1, D2, or D3 levels, to talk with you as we have an extremely high level of trust in you and in the process you took Conner through. It helped in a broader way than just the nightmare of the college application process, and as a parent I have huge appreciation for that.

    All the best-I am happy to talk to any perspective clients about the good work you do.

    Robert A. Sick
    Connor, Lewis and Clark University 2013
  • "Navigating the student athlete college recruiting path can be a daunting and confusing process. We were fortunate to have A4A's services to help with this process for our daughter who plays soccer. Steve was very professional and extremely flexible in working one-on-one directly with our daughter, while keeping us abreast of current activities. Steve was also extremely helpful in the final stages of discussions and negotiations with the top schools on our list. The process was ultimately successful in that we had several options available for our daughter to play soccer in college at both the Division I and Division II level. I would recommend A4A's services for anyone looking to get professional guidance and assistance with the recruiting and college selection process."

    "Navigating the student athlete college recruiting path can be a daunting and confusing process. We were fortunate to have A4A's services to help with this process for our daughter who plays soccer. Steve was very professional and extremely flexible in working one-on-one directly with our daughter, while keeping us abreast of current activities. Steve was also extremely helpful in the final stages of discussions and negotiations with the top schools on our list. The process was ultimately successful in that we had several options available for our daughter to play soccer in college at both the Division I and Division II level. I would recommend A4A's services for anyone looking to get professional guidance and assistance with the recruiting and college selection process."

    John and Kim Miller
    LAUREN, CAL POLY 2013
  • "The A4A program has helped my son tremendously. My son has given a verbal commitment to Fresno State this past summer as a Junior, and has already taken an unofficial visit to the school.

    The program that A4A customized for my son utilizing the Advocates for Athletes playbook has been a huge help during this crucial time in his life. If I could summarize the changes that I have noticed in his approach to everyday life, his time management would be number one. The A4A program has really helped him prioritize his day to day activities. I have noticed that he is "goal setting" much more than before and incorporating many of the strategies that Steve and my son worked on.

    The program works and Steve's diligence and genuine caring for his student athletes is very apparent."

    "The A4A program has helped my son tremendously. My son has given a verbal commitment to Fresno State this past summer as a Junior, and has already taken an unofficial visit to the school.

    The program that A4A customized for my son utilizing the Advocates for Athletes playbook has been a huge help during this crucial time in his life. If I could summarize the changes that I have noticed in his approach to everyday life, his time management would be number one. The A4A program has really helped him prioritize his day to day activities. I have noticed that he is "goal setting" much more than before and incorporating many of the strategies that Steve and my son worked on.

    The program works and Steve's diligence and genuine caring for his student athletes is very apparent."

    Tom Paroubeck
    FATHER OF JORDAN, THE 69TH PICK OF THE SAN DIEGO PADRES IN THE 2013 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DRAFT.
  • "When our son decided that he wanted to play sports in college, we weren't sure of how to go about getting information out to college coaches. After countless hours of searching and feeling overwhelmed by the whole process, we decided to seek help, and that is when we contacted Advocates for Athletes (A4A).

    After our first session with A4A, we felt like a huge weight had been lifted. A4A gave us so much information that we would have never been able to obtain on our own. With the expert knowledge and information they provided, and the one-on-one help, it made the whole recruiting process a lot easier. A4A gave our son the confidence and tools not only to sell himself to college coaches, but a confidence that he will be able to use throughout his life.

    Thanks to the great service they provide, our son has signed with a great college, and is looking forward to being a college athlete. I would recommend A4A to any high school student that is interested in playing sports at the next level. Working with A4A was one of the best things that our family has ever done."

    "When our son decided that he wanted to play sports in college, we weren't sure of how to go about getting information out to college coaches. After countless hours of searching and feeling overwhelmed by the whole process, we decided to seek help, and that is when we contacted Advocates for Athletes (A4A).

    After our first session with A4A, we felt like a huge weight had been lifted. A4A gave us so much information that we would have never been able to obtain on our own. With the expert knowledge and information they provided, and the one-on-one help, it made the whole recruiting process a lot easier. A4A gave our son the confidence and tools not only to sell himself to college coaches, but a confidence that he will be able to use throughout his life.

    Thanks to the great service they provide, our son has signed with a great college, and is looking forward to being a college athlete. I would recommend A4A to any high school student that is interested in playing sports at the next level. Working with A4A was one of the best things that our family has ever done."

    Mother of James
    James Carr, USD/Colorado Boulder 2011
  • Just wanted to say hi and thank you again for all your help! I have been at Carnegie Mellon for two weeks now and today was our season opener. Check it out at http://athletics.cmu.edu/sports/wsoc/2014-15/releases/20140829hpgpi0. It has also been great to play with Megan Bartoshuk again - she is the one that referred me to you! Anyway, I really believe this is a fantastic fit for me, for school and for soccer, and I really appreciate your process that brought me here.

    Just wanted to say hi and thank you again for all your help! I have been at Carnegie Mellon for two weeks now and today was our season opener. Check it out at http://athletics.cmu.edu/sports/wsoc/2014-15/releases/20140829hpgpi0. It has also been great to play with Megan Bartoshuk again - she is the one that referred me to you! Anyway, I really believe this is a fantastic fit for me, for school and for soccer, and I really appreciate your process that brought me here.

    Sienna Stritter
    CArnegie Mellon 2014
  • A ball in his hand a scholarship in his bank account!

    Thank you for all your guidance and help in assisting my son find his way on to a college campus with a ball in his hand a scholarship in his bank account!!

    Your attention to detail and your true desire to help him made the world of difference in his life. While Zayn is a smart, strong, quite young man who is silently confident your guidance and coaching helped him to openly and willingly be confident to speak highly of himself, sell himself, and take ownership of his achievements. These are enhanced skills he will take with him throughout the rest of his life.

    Your willingness to meet him near his school and job and accommodate his very busy schedule was appreciated. Also your efforts of continuing to check in and make sure he was on track was one of the keys to his success.

    Zayn achieved his dream of transferring to a university that would afford him the academic excellence he demanded as well as be a part of a system were he could be a key contributor.

    I have to also thank you for all the talks you had with me and your prompt communication throughout the who process. I was often unsettled and concerned about his future and you never gave off a negative or discouraging message.

    Your faith in Zayn and his abilities academically and athletically will never be taken for granted or forgotten.

    I am envious of your position to help families and student athletes achieve their dreams because I know there is a demand for this. I am now your advocate! I will do anything I can to help you if you ever need it… and will recommend you to everyone I know going through "the process".

    Wishing you continued success,

    A ball in his hand a scholarship in his bank account!

    Thank you for all your guidance and help in assisting my son find his way on to a college campus with a ball in his hand a scholarship in his bank account!!

    Your attention to detail and your true desire to help him made the world of difference in his life. While Zayn is a smart, strong, quite young man who is silently confident your guidance and coaching helped him to openly and willingly be confident to speak highly of himself, sell himself, and take ownership of his achievements. These are enhanced skills he will take with him throughout the rest of his life.

    Your willingness to meet him near his school and job and accommodate his very busy schedule was appreciated. Also your efforts of continuing to check in and make sure he was on track was one of the keys to his success.

    Zayn achieved his dream of transferring to a university that would afford him the academic excellence he demanded as well as be a part of a system were he could be a key contributor.

    I have to also thank you for all the talks you had with me and your prompt communication throughout the who process. I was often unsettled and concerned about his future and you never gave off a negative or discouraging message.

    Your faith in Zayn and his abilities academically and athletically will never be taken for granted or forgotten.

    I am envious of your position to help families and student athletes achieve their dreams because I know there is a demand for this. I am now your advocate! I will do anything I can to help you if you ever need it… and will recommend you to everyone I know going through "the process".

    Wishing you continued success,

    Susan Kirkendoll
    ZAYN, carroll college 2016