RICK PAINE - PRESIDENT
Rick is the co-founder and president of American College Connection and also holds the title of Director of Swimming.
He has coached club swimming for 28 years and has served as an Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for 17 years at a major Division I university.
tenure there, Rick
personally coached 9 Olympians, 37 NCAA All-Americans, and National Champions in 11 different countries (including the United States).
He had the honor of serving as one of the Olympic Head Coaches for the Austrian Olympic Team in 2000, and also served on the staffs at the Helsinki and Istanbul European Championships.
Most recently, Rick
was formally inducted into the Midwestern Swimming
LSC Hall of Fame (2015).
Colleen is a former 10 year competitive swimmer and swam under Coach Paine for eight years.
initially spoke to us in detail about our son, to find out what his
College and Swimming
needs were for the next four years.
was clearly genuinely interested in ensuring our son got the best 'fit' in all areas.
sent out our son's credentials and we then sat back and watched the emails drop in!
Within a matter of days we had Skype calls booked, telephone calls booked and email exchanges going back and forth with Colleges genuinely keen to recruit our son!
With Rick's guidance, the Colleges were narrowed down and our son received just over $400,000 of scholarship offers!
An incredible achievement.
then continued to work closely with our son - giving good, clear, unbiased advice and guidance at all times.
was also at the end of the phone every time our son called him - which was a huge advantage based on the fact we had a transatlantic time difference to contend with as well!
When our son made his
final choice, Rick
then continued to help him to ask the right last few questions, and to then contact the other Coaches to thank them all for their interest.
has been a strong partner in this period for our son choosing his
next stage of swimming and education career - and will no doubt be on board for the rest of the ride over the next four years.
Thank you Rick!
We trusted Rick
to help us find the best choices and we succeeded.
Jillian was offered scholarships from over 40 universities and was recently voted Top Freshman athlete at the Division I university she
eventually enrolled with.
Matching the "right" swimming and academic program was not easy but ACC
guided us through the whole process in a totally professional manner."