Collegiate Sports Advocate was created to help Student Athletes find the RIGHT FIT and we are committed to helping them through the entire experience and to see them GRADUATE College. It's about the journey and the experience not just signing day! We want our Student Athletes to have a successful career. We only hire Advocates that have played in College, Coached in College or have been through the experience with other Student Athletes. We are all about the RELATIONSHIP with the College Coaches and the Student Athletes and their families!
Cheri Naudin has an extensive background with 28 years in the telecommunications industry. She owned a Recruiting company where she was a headhunter for high end executives. She has a BS in Business Administration, minor in Management. She has been a leader in Corporate America and in her community since 1985. She has coached and trained athletes for over 25 years taking teams to Nationals with 3rd and 4th place finishes. She was a recipient of a United Way Award for her work with young athletes. Cheri was the owner of Softball Academy of Texas for 4 years where she trained catchers, provided clinics, and provided training for hitting and slapping. She has been involved with over 150 athletes being recruited and has personally coached over 50 NCAA athletes. Her recruits have played in (or are currently playing in) the Power 5 conferences and many more. She is highly networked in the College Coaches Arena. Cheri was on the founding committee for USA Elite Select.
Vice President Finance/Director of IT
Nick Naudin graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Electronic Systems Engineering Technology. He has 3 years of Customer Consulting experience in the Technology Field which has involved Account Management, System Integration, Network Analysis, Software Development, and Project Management. Nick played for highly competitive travel baseball teams and has received training from Former MLB Players for hitting, catching, pitching, and conditioning. He utilizes that previous experience to develop videos in the highest quality possible to provide coaches the best insight to a player's abilities. He will also continue to oversee all technical aspects of CSA and will constantly look for improvements to provide players, coaches, and parents a rewarding user experience with CSA related technology.
Regional Director, Southeastern Region
My name is Erin Sykes and I currently live in Brunswick, GA. I am a 2008 graduate from the University of Mississippi where I was a 4 year utility player for the Rebels. I have a degree in Criminal Justice with minor in psychology. Upon graduating college, I was invited to join the coaching staff at Ole Miss as the Volunteer Assistant. For two full
seasons I was responsible with day-to-day on field activities, working primarily with the infield and hitters. I organized and directed Ole Miss camps and clinics, spent time recruiting players, maintained the recruiting database, and organized all recruiting activities on campus. In my two seasons with Ole Miss I mentored 2 All SEC team selections and a 2 time All American selection. The 2009 Rebel team received the program’s first ever votes to the NCAA Top 25. After the birth of my first son in December 2009, my family moved back to Brunswick, Ga at the conclusion of the 2010 season.
The game of softball has taken me farther than I could have ever dreamed, and I want nothing more than to be able to give back to the game that I love. The best way for me to do this is to share my passion with our players and their families by providing the with the essential tools and techniques that I know is required to have a successful recruiting journey! With so much misconception out there, I truly have your player's best interest at heart when guiding them thru this process and use my past experiences as both a player and coach in the SEC to make sure our kids and families have all they need at their disposal to make the best collegiate choice for them!
Nothing makes me happier than to see a player who reaches the goals that they’ve set out to achieve and seeing those diplomas roll in brings an even bigger smile to my face!
Cell: (912) 275-0878
I've been coaching girls’ fast pitch for 41-seasons ages ranging from 10U through high school and college exposure. I started the Oakleaf Sports Association Softball program and within two-years it was the 2nd largest in the district with 5 recreation and 2 travel teams. I've also been affiliated with the Queen of Diamonds (www.theqsport.com) since 2011 and coached 4 teams. Presently I coach middle school softball in Jacksonville, FL where my wife and I currently live. The AD recruited me after he switched schools. Several times a year I'm invited to speak to local players about the recruitment process.
We are relocating to Kent, Ohio to be closer to our family and two grandchildren with two more on the way this year. Our youngest daughter Morgan is a three-time Queen of Diamonds Showcase athlete and “cage animal”. She played at Walsh University and Broward and Chesapeake Colleges. At the end of March, 2017 Morgan is headed to Germany to play pro softball for the Hamburg Knights. Our son is in the Army National Guard and is deployed until December, 2017. Brett won several weapons fighting karate tournaments. Our oldest daughter Keri was a dancer and gymnast.
Cell: (904) 203-9538
Tanelda is a Ridgeland, MS native who currently lives in southeast Houston, TX area. Graduating from Madison Central High School, Tanelda was named MS Gatorade Player of the year. She also graduated and played collegiate softball for Mississippi State University (2002-2005). Tanelda earned her college degree in Business Administration majoring in Risk Management and Insurance. After college, she played with the Harlem Diamonds Professional Softball team and later earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Today, Tanelda is the Co-Owner of Playing With Purpose Softball (PWPS), which is a softball training organization. It focuses on fundamental skills that must be developed in order to play at an advanced level
both on and off of the field. Playing With Purpose Softball has a deep rooted desire for helping athletes to perform with purpose and passion. Through PWPS, Tanelda has the opportunity to work with a variety of softball teams with organizing practices and working with young athletes privately with hitting instruction. She also has worked a number of clinics and camps. “Softball is really evolving and I am excited and grateful for the extended opportunity to be a reliable resource for parents and athletes during the recruiting process through CSA”. “To be the best, you must learn from the best, and I am confident that I am doing just that with joining CSA!”
My name is Aaron Brisley and currently live in southwest MO. I am currently the lead instructor at Reckless Sports and currently run a local organization in the Ozarks called Prospects Elite. Softball has become a huge part of my life as I have 2 of my own daughters that play as well. One that is a freshman in HS and another that is a 6th grader. This sport has become a passion of mine and looking forward to assisting others in the fulfilling their softball and college dreams and am excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a resource for parents and athletes during the recruiting process through CSA!!!
My name is Kenneth Smith and I currently live in Maryville, TN just outside of Knoxville, TN, but was born and raised in S. Florida. I spent my younger years training with Teams like the KC Royals, Atl Braves and St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher till a torn rotator cuff and was told I would never throw a baseball again. Softball has now become the sport that I love thanks to my daughter and has become a huge part of my life. I have 2 daughters, 1 that is a Junior in High School that plays softball and one that is a Freshman and she play tennis. I am the current Director of an organization here in TN called KC Freedom TN which has 16U and 18U teams. Softball and helping not only the players but parents through the process is a passion not a job, there are very few feeling better than watching a player sign that NLI and then seeing that smile on their face. The one thing I tell every prospect and it was told to me as a 8th grader trying to make our Varsity High School team by the Coach “the only thing to fear is fear itself, don’t be afraid to be great kid”… Not only does that apply on the field but also in life.
Claudia "LaLa" Renteria
My name is Claudia “LaLa” Renteria I live in Tucson, Arizona. I grew up in a small town in Arizona named Dudleyville.
At 4 years old I began to play softball and many other sports at 14 years of age the family uprooted to Tucson, Arizona. I attended middle school and went to Flowing Wells High School. I played travel Ball with The Tucson Scramblers and played school ball under the coaching of Mark Lumley who now is the batting Coach at Baylor University. I played soccer backfield to stay fit as well as basketball as a point guard and volleyball as a defense specialist but my passion was softball. The only freshman at that time to play Varsity and the starter at all games. Back than that was unheard of.
I was followed by many college coaches for basketball and softball from colleges like Kansas D2 and Indiana state D1 as well as Coach Mike Candrea from the University of Arizona D1 coach Kate from Eastern Az. At the time I had no idea they were there to see me. I played short stop known eventually as one of the best short stops in the game moves like Derek Jeter from throwing straight to first mid-air and catching thee impossible. In batting I was the number 4 batter. I decided to play for Coach Kate. Coach Kate was always at my games. Coach Kate said I’ve never seen some one throw a ball that hard before I had a lot of power. I signed for a full ride scholarship to Eastern Arizona College.
As a freshman my batting average was .520 eventually slugging reaching over .700 RBI over .800. I was a fierce hitter. I was known for my game always in the paper. I left pitcher’s in the dust. Going against pitchers that would throw no hitter games to demolishing their record going 3 for 3. I always played 100% that was the easy part. Till this day you hear me tell my student-athletes “it’s mental give 100%”. I was going to transfer to San Diego State when I was hurt doing one of my phenomenal moves as a short stop and was paralyzed for over a year.
I am well known in my community for playing a great game to giving instructional lessons on the game and well known in small towns in helping get kids exposure. I am dedicated as a Softball Instructor and now as a recruiter for all sports. I can tell you in 3 seconds if you have talent in the game but remind youth to always play 100% percent why? Well, you never know who’s watching whether it’s practice, scrimmage or tournament give 100%.
Cell: (520) 609-6044
My name is Jimmy Perry and I live in Apex, North Carolina. Athletics has always been a part of my life. I grew up playing every sport I could play. In high school, I played basketball, baseball and track, but also have played tennis and golf all my life as well. But basketball was my passion and the majority of my time was devoted to that sport. My first experience in recruiting was my own and I was lost, and clueless, just like athletes are today of how to do it right. But, eventually I ended up playing basketball at Elon University, where I spent 3 great years, after one year of playing at a JUCO.
I coached at the High School level, coaching Basketball, Football, and Golf. 11 years ago, I started an AAU basketball organization, Triangle Flight Basketball, which has continued to grow over the years
I have been in the recruiting industry for over 9 years, and I can truly say that every athlete, both male and female, have had the opportunity to achieve their dream of playing at the next level. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to continue that at CSA. I do enjoy watching kids see their dreams become reality right before their eyes and would love to assist you in any way. CSA has a great vision and I'm proud to be part of this team..
My name is Cody Turman from Amarillo Texas. I have been a College Recruiter in the past. I'm married with 6 kids which most play sports. I graduated from Caprock High School where I played varsity soccer all 4 years ran cross country, played basketball. I joined the Marine Corps right after I graduated in 1993 where I played soccer for the Marines. I have played and coached soccer for 33 years so far. I currently help coach my Daughters Fast pitch softball team and for the last 6 years. I have coached soccer softball football, and baseball. I just enjoying teaching kids the right way to play sports and help them become better players and people. I help train soccer players and now I'm a coach With Amarillo Soccer Academy.
Cell: (806) 420-8885
My name is Al Pell and I live in Conroe, TX. I am married and have a wonderful 15 year old son, and a 10 year old daughter. I have been a science teacher of both junior high and high school. I currently teach 7th grade science in Conroe ISD.
I grew up in Parma Hts, OH until 13, and then moved to Katy, TX, where I played football and baseball at James E. Taylor HS. While playing baseball at Taylor, I received a scholarship to Blinn JC. After Blinn, I attended Texas A&M University and was looking forward to hopefully playing for the Aggies. Unfortunately, I broke my ankle and sat out the fall.
During the spring, I received a call from a St. Louis Scout, and he asked me if I would entertain a call from the coach at Incarnate Word College, now UIW, and I said, "Yes Sir!". I played at IWC for 2 years, and it was a great time in my life to learn about the ins and outs of not just baseball, but softball too.
I later returned to Texas A&M and finished my teaching degree. Through my experiences, I was blessed to have met many people along the way. I was able to teach and coach in Katy; I was the head baseball coach at Stratford HS in the '90's; and then coached girls basketball and softball in Livingston. During that same time, I had a couple of my players play in college and get drafted by the Cubs and Giants.
Because of the St. Louis Scout helping me out in life, I feel it is equally important that I help as many young players reach their dreams! I was an Associate Scout, "bird-dog", for the Atlanta Braves from 1990-2000, where I worked and learned under fine men, such as Charlie Smith, Ralph Garr, and the wonderful talent-seeker, John "Red" Murff .
I would like to offer your child my assistance and services in any way possible. Please feel free to call or email me....I even tutor in science and math, if need be....I look forward to talking with you!
My name is Jemel May and I live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am originally from Lansing, Kansas. I am a 2002 graduate of The University Of Kansas where I played football and ran track. In 2002 I enlisted in The United States Marine Corps as a logistics specialist. During my 12 years or service I spent 3 as a canvassing recruiter in Kansas City where I was Recruiter Of The Year and meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. I had the opportunity to deploy to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan twice and humanitarian missions in places like Thailand and the Philippines. In 2012 I started a 14U club softball team named the Carolina Jayhawks. It has been a very rewarding experience to see my athletes playing at the college level. President Ronald Reagon said people spend their whole life wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem. This Marine looks forward to helping student athletes achieve their dreams!
My name is Ed Santos and currently live in Fort Worth, TX. I have been involved in organized baseball for over 35 years. I was an all-district player in both football and baseball while in high school. I spent 5 years coaching football at the high school level in California. I have owned and operated a select baseball program in the DFW area and have been involved in select and showcase baseball for the past 6 years. Baseball has become a huge part of my life as I have assisted my own son go through the recruiting process for last 3 years. I believe that with a lot of hard work both in school and on the field, there is a spot on a roster for right player. This sport has become a passion of mine and looking forward to assisting others in the fulfilling their baseball and college dreams and am excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a resource for parents and athletes during the recruiting process.
Cell: (817) 312-2465
Dalton & DeTrisha Jones
When I was in second grade I started playing baseball and played through high school. In junior high I played basketball for a short time until my coach told me I’d make a better football player, so I took his advice and played football through high school.
I got married at age 18 and started my own construction company. 5 years later we had our only child. I started coaching her softball team when she was 4 years old. When she was 8, we started taking martial arts as a family. My wife, daughter, and I earned all the way up to our red belt, ready to test for our black belts. My wife and I also earned to our red belts in hapkido.
When my daughter was 12 years old, we started a 14u competitive softball team. Four years ago I became an NSA and FASA director and started running tournaments, and I also joined the board in our towns sports association. I have always loved the sport of softball, so what better and more rewarding way to to help young adults achieve their collegiate dreams, CSA!
My name is DeTrisha Jones and currently live in the St. Louis MO area. Softball has been my life for the past 12 years. I have coached my daughters volleyball team, her softball team, and helped manage the organization for her softball team. Going through the recruiting process with her, has made me want to help teach others the proper way of recruiting. It is so rewarding to be able to watch athletes dreams come true, which is playing in college. I am looking forward to helping many more athletes achieve their dreams.
Dalton Jones DeTrisha Jones
Bobby & Kellye Harrel
Bobby and Kellye Harrell are from Panama City, Florida and currently live in San Antonio, Texas. Kellye has an A.A.S in Business Administration. She started playing softball at the age of eight and played through high school, where she also started playing volleyball in the ninth grade. Bobby is a retired Firefighter and Medic, who now works in the oil fields. He started playing baseball at the age of nine and played for five years. He also played football from the age of ten and played throughout high school. They now have a 15 year old daughter that plays volleyball, a 14 year old daughter who plays softball and a 9 year old son who plays football. Kellye has been a softball official for the past 15 years, with the past five years being in the South Texas Area. Bobby has been a softball official for the past eight years with the past five years being in the South Texas Area. They have been a softball coach for the past five years. They own a softball select travel ball organization, Xtreme Pride Sports. Xtreme Pride is a non for profit organization that specializes in the development of youth athletes, not only for high school or college ball but for life as well.
San Antonio, Texas
(210) 394-8265 cell
My name is Paige Emerson. I currently reside in northern California, but have called Oklahoma, Nevada, and Washington home at one point or another.
My passion for baseball started when I was 5 years old. I first began playing with the boys until I discovered softball. Try-outs took me up and down the west coast and I landed with Robert Regpala's Runnin' Rebels Gold organization; there I verballed and signed with University of the Pacific.
Following my graduation from Rocklin High School(2008), I attended my freshman year as a Tiger. That year taught me a lot about softball and myself, and I decided to find a better fit. After a lot of networking and research, I signed with UNLV to be a Rebel (fitting!). I had many successful years as a Rebel and graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice.
The years following graduation I have worked to strengthen my professional career, made memories with family, and found time to travel, but have always felt drawn back to the sport.
Finding a place with CSA has been a dream come true! I understand the struggles of the recruiting process, the transferring process, and the day-in-day-out life of a D1 collegiate student-athlete.
My goal is to help other student-athletes and their families create a path of success for an enjoyable transition and journey with their sport.
My name is Allie Wade and I currently live in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. I graduated from Southern Arkansas University in 2015 with a Bachelor in Exercise Science while playing basketball. I currently work at Holly Street Physical Therapy as a Licensed Massage Therapist and certified physical trainer. I played volleyball and basketball during high school. I was a 3x State Volleyball Champion and 1x State Runner-Up for both volleyball and basketball. I was also, All-State, All-Conference, and All-Tournament player multiple years for both sports. After high school I attended North Arkansas College for basketball and received NJCAA All-American, my jersey hung in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and was ranked 5th nationally for steals. I went on to Southern Arkansas University to finish my last two years of school and basketball. I was SAU’s first ever women’s Great American Conference ‘player of the week’ and also made the Deans list both years and graduated with a 3.7 GPA.
As I’ve entered my years after being able to participate in sports, I’ve realized how much playing and being involved in sports my entire life helped me for my later life and is continuing to help me. It’s more than a game to me; it was and is a way of life. It’s my blood. I want to be able to keep a young athletes dream still alive and excited for their future career within their sport. It’s a privilege to continue to be a part of the game.
currently live in Parker, CO and work as a Personal Trainer, focusing on Corrective Exercises and Sports Nutrition.
I grew up playing three sports: football, basketball and baseball. From an early age sports taught me the value of hard work and the impact teamwork can have on accomplishing goals. I also fell in love with the journey of working towards something bigger than myself.
In 2000, I was a freshman at Evangel University in Springfield, MO, where I pursued my number one love: basketball. I grew up in a small Nebraska town, but at EU I learned quickly how much faster the game is at the next level. I am grateful for the conversation I had with the head coach. He complimented me on my understanding of the game, but was honest in my ability level, and he let me know that I just didn’t have the game speed necessary to play for him. This was a hard lesson, but one that helped me grow as a person.
My junior year, 2003, I was one of two Men’s Intramural Sports Directors. The head softball coach noticed how I ran the program, and asked me to become a student assistant coach under his leadership. I quickly said yes, and it changed the course of my professional career. I not only fell in love with the game of softball, I also fell in love with teaching the game to young athletes.
After college, I had the amazing opportunity to be an instructor/intern in Springfield, IL at The Hitting Center, an indoor baseball/softball facility. In 2007-2009 I returned as an instructor while pursuing my Master’s Degree at Illinois State University, where I earned my degree in Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity.
Giving lessons at The Hitting Center took my love of softball to a new level. I learned that it wasn’t just the sport, but the development of athletes that I loved more than anything.
These experiences have brought me to current day. I recently opened Ignite Diamond Athletics, where I serve as an instructor and am president. Our goal is to teach athletes the skills of softball – physical, mental, and game awareness. Our instructors focus on helping athletes become their best on and off the field. We also strive to open opportunities for our players: opportunities to play at college, work opportunities, or possibly working our front desk and eventually becoming instructors for us.
My name is Cathy Holdbrook, and I currently live in Forney, Texas. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, Management, with a minor in mathematics. My Master’s degree is from Texas A & M University-Commerce in Information & Technology Systems. I am a high school teacher of 24 years. During my teaching career I have taught high school math and business education classes, as well as coached High School Softball, 8 of those years. I have four years of experience coaching select travel softball, also. As a High School teacher I have helped students prepare for taking SAT and ACT test, apply for scholarships, grants, and recruiting to play softball and soccer at the next level.
I fell in love with sports at a young age. Softball became my favorite sport, after I received my first glove and bat in the fourth grade. At the time I was in High School, in the state of Texas, softball was not a sport offered, but I played rec league and tournaments during the summer. When I started teaching, softball was a new sport for female athletes. There is something about the dirt on a softball field that when it gets in your blood, it does not leave you. So I volunteer, to coach softball, then I moved into coaching at Mesquite High School. I left coaching high school softball when my daughter started playing softball, because my coaching duties did not allow me the opportunity to watch her play. At that time I had a dream of one day being able to help student athletes get recruited to play softball in college. Through the years since that time I have learned a lot about recruiting, through my daughter’s recruiting process with softball and the seniors that I have mentored the past few years. The best way to share my love of the game of softball is to help athletes and their families through the recruiting journey, by sharing my experiences and guiding athletes on their journey of the recruiting process.
There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing an athlete reach their goal of playing at the college level.
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