Educational Consultant Amy Bryant
Featured Professional Series: The second Monday of every month, we feature one of our favorite educational consultants, psychologists, or professionals in a related field. We ask everybody the same five questions, designed to show you why we like them and to help you decide whether they’re a good fit for your needs.T here are quite a few independent college counselors who specialize in serving aspiring college athletes, but I literally grew up in a D-1 athletic department, and I’m telling you that Amy Bryant of Bryant College Coaching is the one you need. She was the first woman in the history of NCAA Division I, II, or III to win a national team championship as a player and as a coach!
How did you get into this field?
For over 20 years, I’ve worked as an NCAA college coach mentoring bright and motivated student-athletes to thrive academically, athletically and personally. It was a natural transition for me to start sharing my experiences from the collegiate side with high school student-athletes looking to play college sports.
What do you love about the work?
What really motivates me are the relationships I form with the student-athletes. I especially enjoy working with student-athletes who are serious about realizing their fullest potential in college and beyond.
Why do people hire you?
The college search process can be an exciting but stressful time for student-athletes and parents alike. However, I firmly believe that the perfect program exists for each and every student-athlete; all it takes is an individualized approach with guidance from someone who knows what to look for, where to find it and, perhaps more importantly, how to articulate that to a teenager. People hire me to:
- decrease the anxiety inherent to the college search process
- overcome insecurity about a student-athlete’s place in college sports
- target schools and programs within a student-athlete’s academic and athletic talent range
- enhance knowledge about college admissions, the recruiting process and recruiting etiquette
- identify college team cultures and coaching styles
- create and manage an action plan and timeline.
How do you feel about study skills?
As a long-time coach of many bright and motivated collegiate student-athletes, current mentor to many determined high school student-athletes aspiring to excel in college and, perhaps most importantly, as a parent of two athletic boys with learning disabilities, I recognize the necessity for students to have strong study skills. Student-athletes, especially, spend so much time training that when it’s time to study, they need to be able to do it efficiently and effectively to maintain their sense of balance.
What’s your favorite piece of advice to give students?
There are only two things a student-athlete can truly control when they compete: effort and attitude. In athletic recruiting and admissions, it’s no different. Be persistent and go after what you want, while also being open-minded to all the options out there!