In the environment in which club volleyball exists now, it is not often that you get players who stick with one club their entire club volleyball careers. Fortunately at Team Indiana, we frequently have these players and are always very excited when we can make these players’ dreams come through and help them find their college home. Abbey Richman has been one of those players and we couldn’t be more excited to congratulate on her commitment to Wofford College!
Richman put a lot of time and effort into her college selection. She was very methodical and process-oriented in making her decision, making sure she found the right fit for her academic, athletic, and emotional needs.
“I spent some time over the past year making a list of things that were important to me in a college. Things like having a strong science program, the size of school, the academic reputation of the school, etc. A sense of community, like I have at Brebeuf, was one of the most important criteria for me. Before I visited any school, I sat down with my list and confirmed the college hit all or most of my criteria. I made sure to visit the college multiple times. I went to a college prospect camp and then went back for a football weekend to get a feeling for the coaches, the other players, and the school. It was important to me that I got a sense of the whole school and the community not just the volleyball program.”
The recruiting process can be extremely stressful for many players, especially in today’s environment. There are a lot of things that every player has to consider, but Richman recommends making sure that it doesn’t ruin the sport.
“Don’t let the recruiting process take the fun out of volleyball,” she explained. “The process can be a lot of work but it is worth it. Make sure you ask a lot of questions and visit the school on multiple occasions. Of course you will speak to folks in athletics but make sure to talk to folks in admissions, residence life, and professors in subjects you want to study. Each time I visited Wofford, I got more information and different perspectives on the school. The more I visited, the more comfortable I got with Wofford and more confident in my final decision.”
Abbey credits the recruiting process, as well as a laundry list of coaches and staff members for helping her get to this point in her career. We couldn’t be happier for her and her commitment, and we can’t wait to see what the next level holds! Congratulations Abbey, #TINation will be rooting for you!
Any player interested in college playing opportunities or discussing options should contact recruiting coordinator, Michelle Coleman (email@example.com). Anyone looking to join Team Indiana for the upcoming club season should contact club director, Brian Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org).