May 2008

Our symposium, "Expectations with Revelations: An Insight into the Process of Intercollegiate Recruiting" will be held Saturday May 31, 2008, in the Assembly Room of Hec Ed Pavilion at the University of Washington. Directions are here.

Registration begins at 12 noon and the program runs from 12:30 to 3:30 PM.

Representatives from the following programs are scheduled to participate in a panel discussion and answer questions on the subject of identifying prospects and how the process begins towards recruiting a high school student athlete.

  • University of Washington: Leslie Tuiasusopo, Volleyball; Paul Fortier, Men's Basketball; Loree Payne, Women's Basketball
  • Seattle Pacific University: Jeff Hironaka, Men's Basketball
  • Seattle University: Joe Callero, Men's Basketball; Dan Kriley, Women's Basketball
  • Northwest University (Kirkland): John Van ***, Men's Basketball
  • University of Nebraska: Sunny Smallwood, Women's Basketball
  • Eastern Washington University: Cheryl Sorenson, Women's Basketball
  • St. Martin's: Keith Cooper, Men's Basketball
  • Bellevue Community College: Coach Ernie Woods, retired NWAC Hall of Fame coach
  • Coach John Bowers: former D-IAA College football recruiter, current Ballard High School Football Head Coach

This program is for parents and kids at the Middle School and High School levels of interscholastic sports. The symposium is FREE and refreshments will be provided.

"I attended the symposium previously and had a lot of questions on how the college application process fit with the athletic recruiting for my son. Tom and his panel of speakers did a great job of outlining the parent's role in their child's athletic future, what the student should realistically expect beyond high school, and how colleges approach scouting, recruiting, and scholarships," said Pat Ulhman, whose son Ryan Roarke is a Cornell University graduate.

Donations of Food items for Northwest Harvest will be greatly appreciated and gladly accepted!

Questions will be presented to the coaches as well as parents learning about the various rules and regulations related to their children becoming NCAA Eligible for recruitment. Materials will be passed out to each family in attendance.

For those not able to attend in person, the program will be broadcast live over the Internet at

Our upcoming symposium, "Expectations with Revelations: An Insight into Intercollegiate Recruiting..." will be broadcast live over the Internet. People who cannot attend the event in person should go to

to watch on Saturday. The program will run from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time.

If you have the latest Adobe Flash Player, you should be able to watch the video. This is a free download.

Injuries can be devastating to a young athlete, but also are a common part of sports. Coach Tom Newell discusses with Dr. John Thayer, who specializes in sports medicine, how to avoid injuries, how to recognize them, and how to deal with them, both as an athlete and as a parent.
  • Do playing in multiple sports increase the chance of injury?
  • What are the most common injuries? 
  • How do I recognize whether an injury is something that needs treatment?
  • My son or daughter is taking their injury really hard.  How can I best support them during their recovery?  

Dr. Thayer is a othopedic surgeon at Proliant Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.