As a high school student, the lack of information on the process to become a college athlete spurred Coach Cyril Adkins to host an event over 20 years later to present details to hopeful students and parents.
“I wanted to inform and educate the community (parents and students) on what colleges and universities look for in student athletes, athletically as well as academically,” said Coach Adkins.
Smithville Athletics Department hosted the first NCAA Informational Meeting for Athletes on Oct. 18 for parents and students with the ambition to take their athletic skills to the next level.
Information was presented and available from college and university level recruits, academic advisors, former university student learning center director and Smithville High School counselors.
Attendees learned about the benefits of the university support programs, the importance of preparing early for independence in college, and expectations of the coaches.
Speakers included Mr. Mike Schultz, former offensive coordinator with TCU, Illinois and Texas State; Mr. Terrance Parker, the associate director of Retention Management and Planning at Texas State University; and Mr. James C. Matthews, former Learning Lab coordinator from Texas State University.
Parents and students were also able to speak with the presenters individually and ask questions.
“If I can help make any part of the process easier for my students and their families I will,” said Coach Adkins.
With the positive feedback received, Coach Adkins plans to hold the event annually.