April 27. Two long time former collegiate swimming coaches with Division I experience totaling over 40 years have started a new company designed to help high school student/athletes and their families through the entire recruiting process.
Cal Bentz and Rick Paine have created American College Connection, Inc. and are offering their services, at no cost, to the displaced student/athletes at Iowa State and Nebraska, colleges that have decided to drop men’s swimming. The offer will also be extended to Kansas students should that school drop men's swimming. Originally KU announced it was dropping the sport, but an overwhelming response by students, alumni, citizens and legislators have kept hopes alive that the administration would reverse that decision. Yesterday's resignation of the school's Athletic Director–who engineered the decision–buttressed those hopes.
Benz and Paine are asking all college swim coaches to visit their website,
to view the profile information on "an outstanding group of young people who would enhance any program they swam for." Each athlete’s profile contains all pertinent information required by coaches.
ACC specializes in swimming, diving and water polo and is designed to provide much needed guidance to prospective student/athletes and their parents during the college recruiting process. The company's service is designed to get the prospective student/athlete’s information in front of many coaches, help each prospect and his/her parents understand the recruiting process, identify schools that have athletic scholarships available and provide the prospect and his or her family with many viable choices.
"We are offering athletes and their parents 43 years of experience in college coaching and recruiting," said Bentz.
ACC’s services are designed to cut the recruiting time in half by providing pertinent information to coaches that will help them identify, locate and verify potential recruits. By utilizing a more efficient recruiting process, coaches could reduce their recruiting expenses by 50%.
"We hope that by providing college programs with a way of saving money it will be a strong positive step in helping collegiate swimming grow and prosper…..not just survive," said co-founder, Rick Paine.
To get connected, athletes and their parents should log on to:
or call (402) 486-3888
NCAA rules prohibit a company from placing or marketing a prospect to a specific institution and from guaranteeing or negotiating financial aid.
Coach Bentz and Coach Paine will be conducting an open discussion for parents on the state of men’s collegiate swimming on Friday, May 18 from 2:30- 4 pm in Ft. Collins, Colorado at the University Park Holiday Inn, 425 W. Prospect Ave. in the Utah room. Parents will be able to ask questions. Any college coach attending the Boys' State Championships is encouraged to attend.