| by the Nexus Sports Team |
Since its official launch a year ago, Nexus Sports has received support from several collegial football programs from all three divisions across Quebec. One of the first programs to participate in the development of the network was that of the College Lionel Groulx Nordiques. We recently met up with head coach Éric Marier to discuss his experience with our network after our initial year of operation. Nexus Sports’ mission is to provide increased visibility to student-athletes in all CEGEP programs. "The service helps us find a" hidden "player or gem in a program that otherwise would not have much visibility because of its small size or geographic location," said coach Marier, who will be coaching his first season in Division 1 in 2018.
In 2017, the RESQ Football adopted a series of regulations surrounding collegial recruitment. Thus, the calendar year was divided into 7 periods dictating the authorized and prohibited actions for each of them. "With the new rules in place, Nexus Sports is giving us a way to study student-athletes and refine our recruitment efforts. Having access to a profile that tells us what orientation the student wishes to follow in CEGEP helps our program and the student too. If he wants to pursue an academic career in police technology, for example, we won’t make him waste his time responding to our requests, "says the coach.
It is a known fact that student-athletes must first choose their academic program. However, there are other factors to consider and these should be addressed in the profiles of student-athletes, under the Player’s Bio, according to Coach Marier. "We would like to know if the students want to live the experience of studying in the city or in the suburbs. Do they want to play division 1 ball? Do they want to be "starters" in their rookie year?”, asked the coach.
Coach Eric Marier and Nexus Sports founder Chuck Guitard
posing in front of the 2016-2017 Bol D'or Championship Banner.
Coach Marier is categorical: his priority is to know what the student-athletes’ wishes and expectations as soon as possible so that his team can meet and respect them. "What are you –a student-athlete - looking for as a college experience? We, at Lionel Groulx, establish a list of criteria - a profile - and we aim to recruit people that match that profile and who will go on to become a successful member of our school. "
What will the recruiting process look like in 5 to 10 years according to Coach Marier? "Once again, with the new recruiting rules, Nexus Sports will become a cornerstone because this tool allows us to prioritize our recruitment efforts from a qualitative - rather than a quantitative - point of view," he concludes.