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ABOUT RSA

Connecting Student Athletes with Collegiate Coaches and Changing Lives

Recruiting Student Athletes (RSA) is an organization comprised of experienced scouts who evaluate athletes for college athletics potential and provide personal guidance through the recruiting process.  We encourage personal growth by helping talented high school athletes find their true potential athletically and by helping them take confident ownership of their recruiting.  Through RSA, college and university coaches can connect with top young athletes that are a match for their program and school.  Likewise RSA athletes are guided toward colleges that match their preferences, goals, and playing abilities with life-changing results.  RSA scouts can knowledgeably speak about their athletes with college coaches because of the intentional personal approach to scouting and advising athletes through recruiting and college admissions.  

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Our Mission

Our mission as a college sports recruiting, scouting and consulting organization is to help match student athletes with colleges that best fit their academic and extracurricular needs. We aim to see every qualified student athlete achieve their dreams and reach their highest potential. 

OUR TEAM

Gil

Director

Gil Barkey is a nearly 20-year veteran soccer coach and college sports scout/consultant. Through his coaching and college consulting career, it is evident that Gil has a passion for helping athletes and their families navigate the college recruiting process. Hundreds of athletes across various college varsity sports have gone on to play collegiately under his guidance and care as a coach and college scout. Gil played his college soccer at Bethel University in Minnesota where he also met his wife of 25 years, Becky. Gil and Becky have two daughters that currently play college soccer. “Being able to personally and effectively guide athletes through their recruiting process while connecting them with the best college fit is especially gratifying. It has also been a powerful responsibility to earn the trust of college coaches, working to fulfill their annual recruiting needs and scouting side by side at games. My favorite part of this "job" is meeting with athletes after evaluating them at the field and assisting them with their college planning. It's an amazing privilege to see athletes go on to play their sport in college and to take part in that journey.”

Tanya

Director

As a high school athlete, Tanya competed in softball, basketball and golf. Although she competed nationally in softball at the age of 10, it was golf that ultimately became her passion. After winning 4 regional titles and a state championship, she became Miss Kentucky Golf and earned a 4 year full scholarship to the University of South Florida. After graduating with a 4.0 in Public Relations and Communications, Tanya remained in the golf world through sales at the PGA National Resort and Spa. From there, she landed in the Chicago suburbs as Marketing Director at Naperville Country Club for the next 8 years. After that, she started a company instructing women and children in the game of golf, and later volunteered as an assistant coach for the local college golf team. From 2011 to 2018, Tanya was the Director of Golf for the National Scouting Report.

While Tanya is excited to help student-athletes achieve their goals and grow into successful college competitors, she continues to compete nationally herself. She’s a two-time participant of the Women's USGA Amateur, as well as a 5-time participant in the Women's USGA Mid Amateur. Due to her continued participation in national events, she’s still very much in tune with the dedication and determination required to be a successful athlete. Tanya currently resides in Naperville, IL, with her husband Chris and two Yorkies, Samson and Delilah.

Brendan

Director

Brendan grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut, where he started organized sports at the age of four. He was a standout baseball player throughout his childhood. While in high school, Brendan played baseball and football, where he captained both during his senior year, where he was ultimately an All-Area player in football and All-State in baseball. He went on to play baseball in college at Ball State but his career was cut short due to knee injuries from catching. After his playing career, he began to pursue coaching. Brendan started out as a catching coach for Muncie Central in Indiana, and after graduating, he returned to Connecticut where he continued to coach at a variety of levels. He coached AAU, high school, travel ball, as well as ran instructional camps in New York and Connecticut. He has worked as a scout for the last 6 years assisting athletes with their college recruiting. Brendan has a daughter, Gina, who attended University of New England to study Psychology and was a standout lacrosse player. Gina is currently co-head coach of lacrosse at her alma mater UNE in Maine. Brendan currently resides in Kennebunkport, Maine with his wife Desiree and son, Jordan.

Kari

Director

As a high school athlete, Kari was a highly recruited volleyball athlete. After being plagued with a chronic back injury, Kari’s path led her from Division I to Junior College, back to Division I and finally Division II. She received numerous awards such as All-American, Player of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, All Conference, Team Captain and others, as well as school records. During her college career Kari continued to coach club volleyball and that is where her recruiting career started.

Before her completion of college graduation, Kari received an offer to be the first ever paid Second Assistant Coach at Gonzaga University. Once she received her BS degree in Health and Sports Management from Central Washington University, Kari made the move to Spokane, WA where she began her college coaching career. Kari continued to coach club volleyball as well and eventually moved up to First Assistant at Gonzaga before resigning after 7 years to start a family. After she and husband David had their son Tyler, Kari was part of the grassroots USA pro volleyball league, Premier Volleyball League. She was the starting setter and a team captain for 4 seasons.

For over 20 years Kari has been helping athletes get recruited by her connections, guidance, and own experiences. This has led to a 100% success rate of her athletes that want to play college volleyball receive offers. She spent 4 years as the Area Director of Washington with National Scouting Report and 2 of those years as the National Co-Director of Volleyball. Kari currently coaches club volleyball with Renovators VBC.

Mike

Director

Originally from Olathe, Kansas, Mike came to Georgia in 1988 on a baseball scholarship. He never left. He and his wife Kristine lived in Atlanta for 10 years before settling in the Athens area in 2004. Their daughter Ansley graduated from Oconee County High School in 2012 where she was a standout volleyball player. After graduating from Nursing School at Georgia Southern University, she is now a PICU Nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Their son Conner is a 2015 graduate at Oconee County High School where he played catcher for the varsity baseball team. Conner is a senior at Southern Wesleyan University which he is attending on a baseball scholarship. After playing baseball for a while after college, Mike turned his attention to coaching. He has coached Little League, high school, and travel teams. He has also given many private hitting and pitching lessons. Not knowing what to do for Ansley and having her go un-recruited led Mike to decide to make a career change. Working with National Scouting Report from late 2012 to late 2018 Mike has helped over 400 student-athletes realize their dream of playing their sport in college.

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