(See recent CSC signings and commitments at the end of these references.)
CSC parents are often heard saying things like, "It's so great to have someone you can call at any hour of the day to answer your recruiting questions..." and…"Cathi kept us moving forward, and she made sure our daughter explored all of her options."
It's tempting to sign up for a multi-sport, corporate recruiting service that has a glitzy web site and promises your player's information will be seen by thousands of colleges. The appeal of these companies is understandable because they make it appear you won't have to do any work.. However, what you don't get from them is 24-7 access to one of the top collegiate recruiting experts in the country. When you choose CSC, you'll have someone to lean on throughout the entire journey!
"Cathi was a truly invaluable resource through all the ups and downs of the long softball recruiting process. Her support included not just smart suggestions for effective long range strategies based on her extensive knowledge and experience, but also lots of short term advice at various key moments along the way. She was always available for a quick chat or email exchange. Cathi seems to know literally everything about how the process really works, is a straight shooter with great perspective and an excellent sense of humor, and has no agenda other than helping young women figure out how to find the right place(s) to play softball at the next level if that is their dream. For families spending so much time, energy and money on softball, I can't think of a smarter or better investment than working with Cathi. She's the BEST."
Rob Siltanen, Alameda, CA Daughter attending Bowdoin College
"CSC provided invaluable help every step of the way through my daughter’s college search process. Cathi Aradi put together a list of colleges that we should look at, sent information about my daughter to a number of schools, and was always available to answer questions and provide advice. We would not have wanted to navigate this process without Cathi's guidance."
Kathy Storton, Los Gatos, CA Daughter attending George Fox Univ.
"...Cathi was always very professional, on top of every detail and honest, but at the same time warm enough to make us feel comfortable and confident. I would gladly recommend her (as I have) to anybody who's going through this process."
Liliana & Damiano Palmegiani, Surrey, BC Daughter attending Indiana Univ-Purdue, Ft. Wayne
"Cathi was extremely helpful in guiding our daughter with fulfilling her softball dream. She is very honest and realistic of what my daughter could achieve. Due to Cathi, my daughter received interest from several college coaches and finally found a school that is a great fit for her. Cathi was always a phone call or email away when we had questions and concerns!"
The Blackwell Family, Los Angeles, CA Daughter attending Hampton Univ.
"When we hired Cathi Aradi we not only got experienced, expert help with our daughter's college softball search, but also a dedicated friend. She was always available to answer our questions and by following Cathi's recommendations, my daughter received not one but three college softball scholarship offers."
Harold Danenberg, San Jose, CA Daughter attending Sonoma State Univ.
"Cathi Aradi provides personalized service that is second to none. With the corporate recruiting firms, your child is just another number. I highly recommend CSC as the #1 choice for softball recruitment services.”
Shavon Weisner, San Jose, CA Daughter attending the Univ of California at San Diego
"...We have always believed in you and your methods. But it was amazing how close to right on you were about the whole process. It went exactly as you said it would, in every respect. You really know your stuff and it gave us a sense of confidence. ...We are grateful for your professionalism and your emotional support. Our daughter found the exact right school for her because of you."
Ray & Terri Sisco, Saratoga, CA Daughter attending Notre Dame de Namur University
"Cathi's assistance was invaluable as we navigated the college recruiting process. We received many contacts through Cathi, and her advice helped our daughter find a college that meets both her academic and collegiate athletic goals."
The Rassbach Family, Walla Walla, WA Daughter attending Pacific Lutheran University:
"...The advice and insight you were able to provide brought clarity to the clouded arena of the modern day recruiting process and allowed us to make thoughtful decisions about our daughter's college and softball future. Your knowledge of the prospective colleges, coaches, potential opportunities and possible pitfalls guided us through a stressful process and ultimately lead us to the right college. We now have a happy daughter looking forward to playing softball at the school she wants, along with a great scholarship and an excited college coach."
Greg Palmer, West Linn, OR Daughter attending Southwestern University
"I remember the first time I spoke with Cathi. She told us we might be a little late, but not too late yet! Ever since that phone call, she was there to help us with her professional knowledge and efforts. My daughter received many phone calls from college coaches... I would strongly suggest you make an appointment to talk to Cathi at least once. Signing up for Collegiate Softball Connection will be the best gift to give to your daughters."
Serena Yeh, San Jose, CA Daughter attending Columbia University
"I still remember the first time we met Cathi. My daughter and I went to her recruiting seminar to find out what the process was all about. After listening to her speak, we walked away very impressed with her knowledge and her assessment of what it takes to get recruited. Still, we wondered if someone from California could help us here in NJ? Well, we took a chance and signed on with CSC, and we are so glad that we did! The advice Cathi gave us every step of our journey was sound and timely. She kept us on track throughout the entire recruiting process. They say 1 in 100 kids get recruited to play a college sport, and the best advice I could give anyone is that Cathi can help you gain the edge that it takes to get your daughter recruited! My daughter has found the ideal spot as far as we’re concerned with the perfect mix of softball and academics! Our family is very grateful to Cathi for her professionalism and complete support throughout this entire process!"
Glen and Patty McQueen, Ewing, NJ Daughter attending the University of Massachusetts Lowell
“Our daughter had so many schools tracking her down, but this one was the right one for her. We've learned so much with your help to open up the scope of opportunity. Thanks for all your counsel, prodding and encouragement!”
Kerry and Jeff Berg, Danville, CA Daughter attending Rider University
“We are so thankful that we signed up with CSC. Our daughter wanted to combine collegiate softball with a strong engineering school and Cathi was able to find a great fit for her. In fact, our daughter’s top two candidate schools were due to Cathi’s timely and spot-on college contacts. During this process, we’ve also found that Cathi is one of the few people that will honestly assess your daughter’s abilities, then match them with a whole host of potential colleges. We thought we were doing all the right things, but her process takes it to the next level, and makes your daughter responsible for reaching out to the schools and coachers. From our perspective, the CSC program was a bargain investment!”
Stu and Ann Nakashima Daughter attending Brown University
“As the niece of a former MLB player, our daughter understood the complexities of recruiting. You cannot do it alone! Cathi is very well respected within the collegiate community, as well as on the travel ball circuit. Our family highly recommends CSC as the preferred softball recruiting resource!”
The Polonia-Rivera Family, Pico Rivera, CA Daughter attended San Diego State University
“… Many students seek academic advisors to get them on the critical path to academic success. The academic expertise they can provide is one that none others can. However, Cathi’s knowledge of collegiate athletic sports programs and their academic requirements was amazing. Cathi used my daughter’s softball skills to get her placed into her academic dream institution. She will be attending Columbia University in the fall and playing softball for the Lions.”
The Niedzwecki Family, Danville, CA Daughter attended Columbia University
“… Cathi took the time to talk to the coach at the right school, and the rest was history. Shikara loved her college softball team, and most importantly the university and educational experience were exactly what we’d hoped for. Thank you, Cathi!”
Candace Lowe, Beaverton, OR Daughter attended Georgetown University
“Recruiting is a unique process that can make parents and players frantic and anxious. With Cathi, each step was clearly articulated. She kept us on track, reminded us of our goals, and was extremely supportive with many good insights and recommendations along the way. It was money well spent.”
Brenda Kosaka, Richmond, BC Canada Daughter attended California University of Pennsylvania
“… My daughter was a straight-A student interested in attending a top school and playing softball in college. She wanted to stay in an urban environment. Her two top choices for colleges also had the top softball programs in the country and did not need her on their teams - so if she went there she would have to give up softball. Fortunately, Cathi is a gifted matchmaker, and she sent out our daughter’s profile, which included her grades and her test scores, to [among others] the University of Chicago. My daughter discovered that she could attend a top ranked university and continue to play ball. She loved the excitement of the city of Chicago and was impressed with the quality of students and faculty. She is now a senior and couldn’t be happier - it is a perfect fit for her academically and athletically. Our family is thankful to Cathi for helping us to finding a college where our daughter could meet her academic and athletic goals.”
Nancy George, Berkeley, CA Daughter attended the University of Chicago
“Cathi Aradi was instrumental in finding the right school for our daughter and getting her signed. Her knowledge of the entire recruiting process is unmatched and her response to questions is always quick and accurate. We highly recommend her service to anyone serious about playing college softball.”
Marsha & Gary Clesson, North Bend, WA Daughter attended Idaho State University
“… We began our college search in 2006. Cathi led every step of the way on that journey. Whenever Cathi would talk to us about how to get to the next level, she would always stress academics first and softball second. …. Cathi is a big reason why my daughter Alison is now playing Division I softball and achieving a great education at Bucknell University.”
John and Nancy Ford, Fairfield, CA Daughter attended Bucknell University
"Cathi Aradi is simply the best there is at matching players to colleges where they will succeed in both athletics and academics."
Jerry Orlando, OR Panthers Gold.
“Since 1996, over 100 Salinas Wildcats Gold players have gone on to compete at the collegiate level. Cathi has been a huge part of their success stories. Her recruiting knowledge, networking capabilities, and supportive attitude have helped our players find the best fit on the field and in the classroom!” Dan Miller / Geno Sigala, Salinas Wildcats Gold
"Parents get a huge return on their investment with Cathi's guidance through the entire recruiting process. When your player starts hearing from college coaches, her advice on what to do next is priceless."
Derek Bowers, Former President and Recruiting Director, CA Kryptonite
For more information or additional references, please contact CSC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-456-6449 or download a CSC brochure.
PARTIAL LIST OF RECENT CSC SIGNINGS AND COMMITMENTS
2017 GRADS (as of 6/13/17)
Carly Slack (CA), Calif State Univ., San Marcos
Elliott Estes (CA), Houston Baptist Univ.
Robyn Wampler (CA), Univ of Calif., San Diego
Sara Gedeon (OH), Dominican Univ. NY
Brittany Prock (CA), Univ. of Bridgeport
Danielle Koontz (CA), Willamette Univ.
Bibiana Rosales (CA), Briar Cliff Univ.
Hailey Hiett (CA), Montana State Univ. Billings
Emma Hall (KS), Ripon College
Ruby Siltanen (CA), Bowdoin College
Farrah Gomes (CA), William Jessup Univ.
Sarah Storton (CA), George Fox
Alyson Teixeira (CA), Aurora Univ.
Lani Kalekini (CA), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ.
Kennedy Cowart (TX), West Virginia Wesleyan Univ.
Kacie Cahill (FL), West Virginia Institute of Technology
2016 GRADS (as of 6/12/16)
Maria Palmegiani (Canada), Indiana Univ-Purdue, Ft. Wayne
Lizzy Beutter (CA), UC San Diego
Teri Danenberg (CA) Sonoma State
Cassidy Eiland (CA), Hampton Univ
Hayley Giffin (CA), Claremont McKenna
Rachel Fong (CA), Pomona Pitzer
Stephanie Hayes (CA), Willamette Univ
Erin Gordon (WA), Hillsdale College
Alondra Reynoso (CA), Pomona Pitzer
Savannah Green (CA), Claremont McKenna
Erika Yeager (CA), Rhode Island
Kaylee Schrand (IL), MO Baptist
Emma Gilbert (CAN), Univ of Jamestown
Sofia Magnani (CA), Willamette Univ
Lauren Salvati (CA), Sierra Nevada College (Soccer)
2015 GRADS (as of 6/2/15)
Alexis Corini (CA), Univ of Pennsylvania
Lauren Watson (Canada), Indiana Univ-Purdue, Ft. Wayne
Mackenzie Murphy (CA), Williams College
Loryn Williams (OR), Saint Martin's Univ
Callum Pilgrim (CAN), Lindsey Wilson
Athena Golling (CA), SW Minnesota State
Ashley Mains (CA), NYU
Chelsea Skipper (CA), West TX A&M
Katie Edgar (CA), Wilmington Univ
Carly Gouge (WA), Hillsdale College
Riley Adams (CA), Angelo State Univ
Abby Allen (CA), CSU San Marcos
Ashlyn O'Keefe (CA), Presentation College
Shaylyn Borowiak (CA), Univ of West Alabama
Ashlend Rodriguez (CA), Univ of West Alabama
Victoria Harris (CA), San Diego Christian
Kelli Bates (CA), Univ of Connecticut
Danielle Bowers (CA), UC Berkeley
Analisa Ruff (CA), Chapman Univ
2014 GRADS (as of 5/6/14)
Jenna Curtan (CA), Univ of California, Riverside
Trysten Melhart (WA), Univ of Washington
Chaleigh Kirkwood (WA), Corban University
Samantha McQueen (NJ), Univ of Massachusetts-Lowell
Maddie Wuelfing (CA), Yale
Erica Pavlo (FL), Babson
Elli Rassbach (WA), Pacific Lutheran
Allison Reilly (CT), Babson
Mandi Shore (CA), Brandeis
Caroline Grassi (CA), Wellesley
Julia Saul (CA), Colby College
Carli Riordan (WA), Montana
Brandi Giles (TX), TX A&M, International
Tara McIntyre (CA), CSU Fullerton
Devon Novick (NY), Ithaca College
Madison Garza (TX), Blinn Comm. College
Kennedi DeRossett (CA), UC Colorado Springs
Kristen Yee (CA), Chapman Univ
Natalie Dorsey (CA), CSU Stanislaus
Tivoli Sisco (CA), Notre Dame de Namur
Rachael Delamare (WA), Bellevue College/Oregon Tech
Hayden Craig (B.C., Can) Olympic Comm College
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