My name is TJ Atley and I love golf and my passionate about this sport. This is my first attempt at a blog. So I would like to start by writing, “It is March 2017 and I am on a ‘recruiting’ /university touring trip back east with 3 players. We are on a world wind fast trip – 3 universities in 3 states in 3 days. We visited University of Richmond, Brown University and NYU.
This first blog will be about U Richmond. My good friend, Bibi Malek, an education specialist, graduate from Brown and Harvard, went to visit schools in Virginia in 2016. She was VERY impressed with the school and needless to say so was I.
UR started in 1840 and sits outside of the city of Richmond – resting on approximately 600 acres. The buildings are classically built to that period, mainly brick and many have interlocking sidewalks. We went into the new Robbins Business School Building – new and state of the art. The Admissions building – with a great crest on the floor. What was cool was the ability to hand pick information about any major – they were well laid out on the wall. My 3 players picked about 10 articles each.
We met with a tall dignified women that played golf at UCLA and then played on the LPGA Tour! She is one of the athletic advisors there on campus. Super nice, super helpful and kind. She spent time with us and answered all the players’ questions. We met with another advisor and I wanted to know the academic requirements for the Spiders. The new SAT – for athletics – would be around 1300. But he said closely after that, it depends on your academic profile (AP or IB) and your overall percentage in the classroom.
I stated that Canadian report card typically get bumped another 5% and he agreed. Which is why I like going to these schools to pick the admissions or athletic advisors’ brain. Our main focus on this trip was to meet and create a relationship with the golf coach. We wanted to find out everything about their golf program.
Coach Ali Wright is a real gem, one of a kind, good player and nice person. Thoughtful, treats her team as if they were her own children. U Richmond has a solid schedule, travel locally and also internationally, like Waterville Ireland. Coach Ali loves stats (so do I) and teaches course management based on those stats. I loved the practice facility, loved the course and their ‘golf house’. Players would be so lucky to have a playing and practice facility like this. The men’s coach is just as special, Adam Decker.
Went for dinner with Marie, from Vancouver, and Sophie, from NJ (who I met in Ireland in 2015). They were AWESOME! Talked to the kids about everything, school, homework, reading, dorm, parties, training, gym time, time management, study-buddy, studying abroad, and majors. Just really a wealth of knowledge. I was so thankful they spent the time with us.
Bottom Line – Yes to University of Richmond – all day long.