Content to include:
Letters of recommendation
Academic course planning
How to seek academic help
Your sport's timeline
Junior Days/campus visits
What coaches are looking for
How to reach out to college coaches
Eligibility Center (formerly NCAA Clearinghouse)
This workshop is designed for high school athletes of all sports & abilities wishing to compete at the college level. However, athletes and their families of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. The earlier you can start, the better prepared you will be!
*includes 1-2 adult guests (coaches & parents welcome)
Founder, Sports & Scholars
B.S. ENGINEERING/ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, STANFORD '14
Austin grew up in Seal Beach where he attended Los Alamitos High School. There he was the captain of the water polo and swims teams. He was recruited to play water polo at Stanford which he did concurrent to pursuing a degree in Engineering with a specialization in Architectural Design.
While at Stanford, Austin founded Sports & Scholars, a tutoring company for all students, specializing in support for student-athletes. As a student-athlete himself, Austin understands full well the challenges of excelling in your athletics and academics. Sports & Scholars was founded on the concept of the mind-body connection.
We believe that academics and athletics are not mutually exclusive, each existing in their own sphere. Our philosophy is that students that have learned to excel in one have the potential to do great things in both. By using key aspects of both schoolwork and sports, our students focus more on the content and ideas behind disciplines and are able to master them more easily. By cultivating a growth mindset in all of our students, our tutors seek to help them enjoy learning and understand subjects on a deeper level, which has long-term benefits throughout students’ educational careers.
Austin credits his success to organization and time management. Those are topics that he enjoys teaching to keen students. Austin is available for consulting in areas of water polo recruiting, resume writing, time management, organization, goal setting, swim speed, strength and conditioning.
Scout, San Francisco 49ers
B.S. PSYCHOLOGY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, '10
Josh Williams is a former college football player and current NFL scout for the San Francisco 49ers. As a Bay Area native, Josh excelled in the classroom and the sport arena at Piner High School in Santa Rosa, CA and continued on to St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track & field and a member of the National Honor Society. Josh played football collegiately at Columbia University in New York City then turned his playing career and psychology degree into a springboard for a front office role in the NFL.
Away from the job, Josh has mentored high school students in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco on how to utilize sports as a mechanism for higher learning. Through his outside endeavors, Josh aims to provide young student-athletes with unique access to information that will help them further their education and advance their athletic careers.
Director, Compliance Services
Stanford University Athletics
B.S. POLITICAL SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, '14
M.S. SPORTS MANAGEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, '16
Caitlyn Francis grew up on Marthas Vineyard and attended Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. She was recruited by the University of Georgia’s equestrian team and was a member of the 2014 National Championship Team. Caitlyn is a “Double Dawg,” having graduated from the University of Georgia with both an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Sports Management and Policy graduate degree.
Interested in giving back to the system that allowed her to continue to participate in the sport she loves, as well as receive not only an undergraduate degree but graduate degree, Caitlyn chose to pursue a career in Athletics Compliance. She previously worked as the Assistant and Associate Director of Compliance at the University of Miami and currently serves as the Director of Compliance at Stanford University.
In her free time Caitlyn enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, and of course, horseback riding when time permits.
College Athletic Advisor
St. Ignatius Department Chair
B.A. UNIVERSITY OF CA, SANTA BARBARA, '89
MASTERS SAN FRANCISCO STATE, '99
Coach Bluford is a graduate of St. Ignatius and has been teaching at SI 26 years. He’s taught all levels of Physical Education and served six years as department chair. The majority of his instruction has been teaching the elective courses PE 210, 215 & 715. In addition to PE, Coach Bluford taught Psychology in our Social Science Department for 12 years and is currently serving as our College Athletics Advisor.
Coach Blu has also served SI on the field as he coached 19 years in the Football program and 10 years in the Track & Field program. As Head Coach of our football program from 2004-2010, Coach Blu lead the Cats to 3 post season appearances and one W.C.A.L & C.C.S. Championship.
Off the field and in the community Coach Blu served 10 years as moderator for the Black Students Union and served as Chair of the BSU/AAAS Reunions in 2010 and 2014.
CFO, Cumby Consulting
Former NFL/CFL Scout/Executive (SF 49ers, Ottawa Redblacks, LV Raiders)
B.S. KINESIOLOGY/BUSINESS, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, '04
Quentus Cumby is a former NFL scout/executive and college football player from Cleburne, TX. In High School, Quentus was a two-sport athlete in football and track. He was named County MVP, all-state honorable mention, and chosen as a top 100 player as a Free Safety/RB. As a student-athlete at the University of Kentucky, Quentus was a two-year starter at both Safety/Cornerback and one of four players in school history to lead the team in both interceptions and tackles in the same season. After his collegiate playing days, Quentus spent time as a player with the Green Bay Packers and the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.
After his playing days, he used his NFL/CFL contacts to move into a scouting/pro personnel role in the NFL and CFL. Combined with 14 years of pro/college scouting experience, Quentus also spent a year scouting the west coast for high school football prospects with XOS-Catapult recruiting service. Quentus is now the CFO of Cumby Consulting, the father of two children, Drew (12) and Kyla (9), and is married to Liz Cumby.
Athletic Director/Defensive Coordinator
St. Ignatius College Prep High School
B.S. BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, SAN JOSE STATE, '10
MASTERS of COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT, USC, '16
Gustavo Manzanares is a former division I college football player and coach. He currently works as an athletic director and admission coordinator at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco CA. He also coaches within the St. Ignatius Football program serving as the varsity defense coordinator. Gustavo graduated with a degree in business from San Jose State University and Masters in Management from the University of Southern California.
Gustavo began his professional career in player management specializing in marketing and athlete recruitment. He since has dedicated himself to working with student-athletes in the area of athletic development with a special interest in physical conditioning and mental skills training. For the past 10 years he has serviced his training programs to athletes of all levels at a variety of educational institutions and in private practice. He is passionate about helping others optimize their athletic potential and use their experience as foundation and confidence for further life endeavors.
In his free time he enjoys reading, learning from others and physical activities such as exercise, playing sports, yoga, and walking in nature.