Brian Scanlon - Founder
Brian’s journey began at The Hun School of Princeton in New Jersey. At Hun, Brian grew academically and athletically due to the tremendous positive influence of his peers, teachers and most importantly his Baseball Coach, Bill McQuade. Brian credits Coach McQuade and his Father for instilling in him his passion for coaching and mentoring.
As a Junior, Brian spent his school year focusing on improving his grades and taking the SAT and ACT…a few times. Yes, there were tutors and prep classes. The summer was spent playing on a prestigious travel team in New Jersey. The team went to all the big events that were attended by professional scouts and colleges of all levels. The team had some very high profile recruits including 4 draft picks, one drafted in the first round of the 2006 draft. This is where Brian experienced the real world of the recruiting process. It went far beyond the MAPL Prep League and The Hun School. There were a lot of good ballplayers out there.
Brian’s parents stressed the importance of a great education and this mindset drove the ship for Brian’s recruiting process. They always said to use baseball to help get accepted to a great academic school. Like most aspiring high school athletes Brian only wanted to learn about a college if there was a number 1 after the division of the school. Brian wanted to “go D1”. His parents knew they had to keep the ship in the right direction…the academic direction. Brian was an All Conference player in high school. He caught pitchers who were getting drafted. He played on a prestigious travel team. He had the hitting coach who was “the best”. By the end of the summer there were some D1 schools interested and more D3 schools interested. But what was real and what was a “camp invite”? Where did Brian fall on their list of recruits? It was hard to tell. On a visit to a D1 school a coach told him that he could certainly hit at this level, but he was too slow and he didn’t see him fitting in athletically. On another D1 visit the coach said he would probably see time as a senior, maybe a junior…as long as they didn’t bring someone else in the following year or two. Another D1 school invited him to their camp which he attended. At the camp he found out they had already committed their catcher for his class and he was really there as a camp filler to pay the fee. Along the way he figured out that he was a good ballplayer, but not quite good enough to reach his D1 goal. BUT, there was the perfect school out there. He just had to find it.
Brian found his perfect fit as he and his Dad were doing a New England college tour. At the time Brian was frustrated with the entire process. His Dad said he was visiting Babson College as their last stop on the trip. Babson had expressed interest in Brian after the Head Coach viewed Brian’s video and checked some reliable references. Brian argued against taking the visit saying he wouldn’t visit somewhere that “he never heard of.” This was a turning point in the recruiting process for Brian. His Dad pointed out how ridiculous the argument was and said that was not an acceptable reason to skip visiting such a great academic school. After the visit Brian and his dad left incredibly impressed and the Head Coach offered to have him come up and stay with the team on an overnight visit. Brian took him up on the offer and within an hour into his overnight visit he had called his dad to say “I’m going to Babson.”
At Babson Brian played an important role on the team all four years as a Catcher and DH. In 2009 Babson won the NEWMAC Championship and went on to the NCAA Regionals. In his Senior year Brian was named Captain and his class was the winningest class in program history.
After graduation Brian immediately accepted his Head Coach’s offer to be the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for his alma matter. He spent the summers traveling the East Coast identifying talent and interacting with thousands of student athletes and their families looking to find the right fit. During the summer of 2012 Brian got the chance to coach in the prestigious Cape Cod League comprised of the premier college baseball players in the nation.
While Brian was coaching he was also completing his MBA from Babson and running a business called Social Mediators which he started in 2011. in 2014 Brian left Babson to enter the world of college recruiting advisory where he furthered his relationships with college coaches and built a reputation based on trust. This prompted him to fulfill the entrepreneurial itch that Babson instills in its students and start The Recruiting Coaches.
A Message From Brian:
“I started The Recruiting Coaches with the intention to provide guidance and direction to families navigating through the confusing and misguided recruiting process. It pained me to see the paths that people were being taken down by uninformed high school & travel coaches, teachers and friends who had the best intentions, but no grasp on the recruiting process. We have built immeasurable relationships with college coaches and that uniquely qualifies us to give advice and guidance that nobody else is capable of giving.”