Brian’s journey began at The Hun School of Princeton in New Jersey. At Hun, Brian grew academically and athletically due to the tremendous positive influence of his peers, teachers and most importantly his Baseball Coach, Bill McQuade. Brian credits Coach McQuade and his Father for instilling in him his passion for coaching and mentoring.
As a Junior, Brian spent his school year focusing on improving his grades and taking the SAT and ACT…a few times. Yes, there were tutors and prep classes. The summer was spent playing on a prestigious travel team in New Jersey. The team went to all the big events that were attended by professional scouts and colleges of all levels. The team had some very high profile recruits including 4 draft picks, one drafted in the first round of the 2006 draft. This is where Brian experienced the real world of the recruiting process. It went far beyond the MAPL Prep League and The Hun School. There were a lot of good ballplayers out there.
Brian’s parents stressed the importance of a great education and this mindset drove the ship for Brian’s recruiting process. They always said to use baseball to help get accepted to a great academic school. Like most aspiring high school athletes Brian only wanted to learn about a college if there was a number 1 after the division of the school. Brian wanted to “go D1”. His parents knew they had to keep the ship in the right direction…the academic direction. Brian was an All Conference player in high school. He caught pitchers who were getting drafted. He played on a prestigious travel team. He had the hitting coach who was “the best”. By the end of the summer there were some D1 schools interested and more D3 schools interested. But what was real and what was a “camp invite”? Where did Brian fall on their list of recruits? It was hard to tell. On a visit to a D1 school a coach told him that he could certainly hit at this level, but he was too slow and he didn’t see him fitting in athletically. On another D1 visit the coach said he would probably see time as a senior, maybe a junior…as long as they didn’t bring someone else in the following year or two. Another D1 school invited him to their camp which he attended. At the camp he found out they had already committed their catcher for his class and he was really there as a camp filler to pay the fee. Along the way he figured out that he was a good ballplayer, but not quite good enough to reach his D1 goal. BUT, there was the perfect school out there. He just had to find it.
Brian found his perfect fit as he and his Dad were doing a New England college tour. At the time Brian was frustrated with the entire process. His Dad said he was visiting Babson College as their last stop on the trip. Babson had expressed interest in Brian after the Head Coach viewed Brian’s video and checked some reliable references. Brian argued against taking the visit saying he wouldn’t visit somewhere that “he never heard of.” This was a turning point in the recruiting process for Brian. His Dad pointed out how ridiculous the argument was and said that was not an acceptable reason to skip visiting such a great academic school. After the visit Brian and his dad left incredibly impressed and the Head Coach offered to have him come up and stay with the team on an overnight visit. Brian took him up on the offer and within an hour into his overnight visit he had called his dad to say “I’m going to Babson.”
At Babson Brian played an important role on the team all four years as a Catcher and DH. In 2009 Babson won the NEWMAC Championship and went on to the NCAA Regionals. In his Senior year Brian was named Captain and his class was the winningest class in program history.
After graduation Brian immediately accepted his Head Coach’s offer to be the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for his alma matter. He spent the summers traveling the East Coast identifying talent and interacting with thousands of student athletes and their families looking to find the right fit. During the summer of 2012 Brian got the chance to coach in the prestigious Cape Cod League comprised of the premier college baseball players in the nation.
While Brian was coaching he was also completing his MBA from Babson and running a business called Social Mediators which he started in 2011. in 2014 Brian left Babson to enter the world of college recruiting advisory where he furthered his relationships with college coaches and built a reputation based on trust. This prompted him to fulfill the entrepreneurial itch that Babson instills in its students and start The Recruiting Coaches.
A Message From Brian:
“I started The Recruiting Coaches with the intention to provide guidance and direction to families navigating through the confusing and misguided recruiting process. It pained me to see the paths that people were being taken down by uninformed high school & travel coaches, teachers and friends who had the best intentions, but no grasp on the recruiting process. We have built immeasurable relationships with college coaches and that uniquely qualifies us to give advice and guidance that nobody else is capable of giving.”
Steve brings an unmatched wealth of knowledge, experience and character to The Recruiting Coaches. As a 25 year Head Coach at Butler University, Steve was the winningest coach in program history with over 600 wins. In 2011 Steve won the American Baseball Coaches Association Ethics in Coaching Award. This honors an individual who embodies the American Baseball Coaches Association code of ethics, which reflects that the highest calling of a baseball coach is to teach life’s lessons and model the character traits of honesty, integrity, respect and personal responsibility.
During his college playing career, Steve played for Hall of Fame Coaches Dick Siebert and John Anderson at the University of Minnesota. Steve entered the coaching world by serving as Graduate Assistant to Hall of Fame coach, Jerry Kindall at Arizona. From there he went on to a full-time position at the U.S. Military Academy serving as the team’s pitching coach. Steve’s first Head Coaching job came at Davis & Elkins in 1988 where he inherited a last place team for two consecutive seasons. In 1990 Steve was named Co-Coach of the year in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after leading Davis & Elkins to its first 20-win season in over a decade. The next year Davis & Elkins won a division championship.
In 1992 Steve was named Head Coach at Butler University where he held the position until 2016. At Butler, Steve was a 4-time Coach of the Year in his league, and has won 5 regular season or conference tournament championships with two NCAA tournament appearances. Steve Recruited and coached MLB players Pat Neshek (RHP, Phillies) and Dan Johnson (1B/DH, Dodgers) at Butler. Numerous other Butler former players have signed professional contracts.
Aside from coaching, Steve has been an avid participant in youth camps & clinics. He was a featured clinician at the NCAA College World Series Youth Education Through Sports clinic in Omaha, NE. In 2013 Steve was a featured speaker at the ABCA National Convention, a highly coveted achievement in the coaching world. Steve has been a speaker at Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin state high school baseball coaching conventions.
Steve holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Minnesota where he was a recipient of the Williams Scholar-Student Athlete Award. In 1983 Steve completed his Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona. Steve has coaching in his blood as his father, Mike Farley, is the former Head Football Coach at the University of Wisconsin River Falls and a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Steve has a wife, Lisa, who is a professor in Human Movement & Health Education Department at Butler. The Farley’s have two daughters, Hannah and Sarah.
“As a winner of the prestigious ABCA Ethics in Coaching Award, Steve Farley exemplifies what is good about the college coaching profession. I can’t think of a more qualified person to discuss the in’s and out’s of the college recruiting process with prospects and their parents.” ~ Mid-American Conference Head Coach
Andy graduated from Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts, where he was a three sport athlete in baseball, basketball, and football. It was at Berkshire, thanks to some special coaches and teachers, that he learned the importance of academics and how significant a role they play in the pursuit of playing intercollegiate athletics. Despite a serious knee injury in the fall of his senior year Kiriakedes attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York where he was able to fulfill his dream of playing Division I baseball.
Kiriakedes enjoyed a successful playing career at Marist. As an infielder for the Red Foxes, he was a four-year starter and was named a captain his senior season. In 2005, Kiriakedes was named MAAC Tournament MVP and awarded his team’s Coaches Award, as helped lead the Red Foxes to a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He also played in numerous summer baseball leagues during his collegiate career. He made stops in the Valley League (Staunton Braves), the New York Collegiate Baseball League (Amsterdam Mohawks), and the New England Collegiate Baseball League (Keene Swamp Bats). In Staunton he was named a Valley League All-Star, and enjoyed championship seasons with the Mohawks and Swamp Bats.
After finishing his career at Marist College, Kiriakedes stayed on at his alma-mater as an assistant coach for the 2007 Season. During his one season with the Red Foxes, he helped lead the team to an appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament. Kiriakedes mentored one MAAC First-Team and three second team selections, as well as a player that went on to sign a contract with the Kansas City Royals.
Following the 2007 season, he left Marist College to take an assistant coaching position at nearby Vassar College, one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the country. While at Vassar (2008-13), Kiriakedes was tasked with overseeing the development of all position players both offensively and defensively, and recruiting to a nationally ranked liberal arts school. With the Brewers, Kiriakedes helped lead the team to it’s first-ever playoff appearance in 2013. He mentored 21 all-league selections and three all-region honorees.
In January of 2014 Kiriakedes left Vassar College to take an assistant coaching position at The College of William and Mary. While at William and Mary, Kiriakedes oversaw the development of the position players both offensively and defensively as well as recruiting high level Division I student-athletes to one of the top rated public schools in the country. During his time with the program the Tribe experienced a high level of success that included a 2014 Regular Season Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) Championship, a 2016 CAA Conference Tournament Championship, a 2016 Charlottesville Regional Finals appearance, 1 First Team All-American, 8 All-Region selections, 4 All-ECAC selections, the 2014 CAA Player of the Year, 19 All-Conference Selections, 3 CAA All-Rookie team selections, 8 Major League Baseball draft picks, and 3 Major League Baseball Free-Agent signings.
Aside from his 10 years of college coaching experience, Kiriakedes has developed his coaching through numerous camps and an international experience. In 2008, he served as the head coach of the USA Athletes International team for in Prague, Czech Republic as well a tour with Planet Baseball in Puerto Rico. He has also worked at numerous camps and clinics, including: Rising Star Academic Clinic, Head First Baseball, and Play to Win Baseball.
A native of Sheffield, Mass., Kiriakedes graduated from Marist with a B.S. in Business Administration and an emphasis on human resource management, as well as a minor in psychology. He later went on to earn his master’s degree in Sport Management from SUNY Cortland in 2013 as well as a master’s degree in Business Analytics from The College of William and Mary in 2017.
Matt graduated from St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA where he was a three-sport athlete in football, hockey and baseball and was inducted into the St. John’s Prep Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. He earned the Massachusetts Gatorade High School Player of the Year honor in football his senior year. He also was a three time All-Scholastic selection in baseball and two time in hockey.
Matt attended Wake Forest University where he started all 163 games the Demon Deacons played during his three years there. He set the school record with 128 career walks and finished with a .324 batting average, 18 home runs, 110 RBI and 46 stolen bases. He was the San Diego Padres 1st Round Pick, 17th overall, in 2006 and made his Major League Debut in 2008. Matt played eight professional seasons with the San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and Cleveland Indians.
Upon finishing his professional career, Matt was an assistant coach at Wake Forest University for the 2013-2014 season and was the Assistant Coach at
Holy Cross for the 2014-2015 season. At Holy Cross, Matt was responsible with developing the hitters and fielders, as well as recruiting nationally. Matt is also known as one of the best young hitting and fielding coaches in New England.
Steve brings both a wealth of knowledge and the highest of character to our team. Steve graduated from The Hun School of Princeton in 2005 where he quietly became one of the most highly touted pitching recruits in the country. While in High School he played legion baseball in the summer and did not participate in the popular travel baseball circuit. In the summer of his Junior year Steve started attending showcases and tournaments with scouts in attendance. As Steve pitched in front of the scouts a unanimous, “where has he been hiding,” whispered through the baseball world. Steve was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 10th round of the 2005 MLB Draft, and chose to sign professionally rather than attending the University of North Carolina where he had a significant baseball scholarship.
Steve played for the Brewers, Padres, Diamondbacks and Orioles organizations and was called up to the MLB by the New York Yankees in July of 2011. Throughout Steve’s career his ability and his character were equally as important to his success. Steve is widely respected in the baseball world as one of the most genuine people in the game. Steve is currently the Associate Director of Admissions at The Hun School of Princeton and is also the Varsity Pitching Coach.
Like most Division I college softball players, Megan began playing softball at a very early age for the pure enjoyment of the experience. However, after only a few years of playing for fun Megan developed a passion for softball. So, naturally she joined a travel team at the age of 10 years old. From that early age until she verbally committed in January of her junior year of high school to play softball for Boston College on an athletic scholarship, her dedication to improving her softball skills and overall athletic conditioning evolved into a 12 months a year process.
Although in the early years Megan was primarily a pitcher and shortstop, as a result of an injury to the catcher on her 12U travel team, Megan jumped behind the plate and discovered that she had natural ability as a catcher. Her catching skills developed quickly and Megan consistently showcased those skills both in High School and as a player on several elite gold softball teams.
Megan notes that the necessary full time dedication to softball came with many sacrifices since the travel softball recruiting showcase circuit monopolizes the summer and fall months as well as most weekends throughout the year. Megan advises that it is important to choose a travel team that has a culture and plays at a level of competition that matches a players abilities and realistic goals. Fortunately, as an All State High School softball player, Megan’s high skill level attracted interest from Division I,II and III college coaches. Nevertheless, no matter the level of a players ability, the uncertainties and stress of the recruiting process exists for every player whose goal is find the right fit to play college softball. Since Megan was an above average student her primary goal was to utilize softball to facilitate her acceptance into an excellent academic school with a highly reputable athletic program. Also, navigating and identifying the college softball programs that were genuinely interested in Megan was a difficult undertaking.
Megan emphasizes that while she was fortunate to verbally commit to BC so early in the process, at that time she was not really certain she had made the right decision. After all how many juniors in high school know exactly what curriculum they want to study in college; what size college they want to attend; or precisely the location where they want to attend college? Other important considerations include whether you will be happy attending a college if an injury were to prevent you from playing or a coaching change were to negatively affect you. This possibility became a reality for Megan when a torn labrum in her throwing shoulder sidelined her for her entire senior year. Fortunately, Megan had considered that possibility in making her decision to attend BC so despite her disappointment she continued to support her teammates and received a top level education from an outstanding institution.
Dana grew up as the middle sister between two brothers and sports were the instant bond that brought the three together. Her parents encouraged her to participate in all types of activities, and while some worked out better than others, they urged her to try it all. Founding both the girls youth lacrosse and field hockey programs in her hometown of Cheshire, Connecticut, Dana’s Mother felt adamantly about the importance of the local feeder programs for girls. They built strong youth teams that fed into high-achieving high school teams. In her junior year, Dana developed into one of the best lacrosse and field hockey players in the state of Connecticut. A junior All-American she set the new high school record for the most goals in a single season at 81. At this point in her high school career, Dana was focusing more on her lacrosse. She joined a competitive club team and spent many weekends traveling up and down the east coast to gain exposure at as many tournaments possible. Like her older brother who playing lacrosse at Dartmouth at the time, Dana believed that lacrosse was her ticket to one of the best academic institutions as well.
That summer between her junior and senior year when Dana was in the thick of the recruiting circuit, she attended an elite lacrosse camp. After that camp she was contacted by many Division 1 and 3 college coaches. With her heart set on Division 1 lacrosse, Dana did not spend much time considering Division 3. But, when Dana returned to field hockey in the fall, a sport that she had always loved as well, her pathway to college shifted. She realized how much she loved playing field hockey and how difficult it would be to give that up to only play lacrosse in college. She began to consider Division 3 schools with a different outlook and curiosity. Her Father had coached football at Wesleyan and she grew up hearing about the NESCAC and its unique balance of high academics and athletics. So when Middlebury’s legendary Head Coach, Missy Foote began recruiting her, she listened with more intensity. She began to think that Middlebury offered the full package – the ability to play two sports that consistently competed for National Championships and while pursuing an excellent liberal art education. The first time that Dana and her Mom drove up to Middlebury she jokes that they both thought they were lost because of its remote location. Yet once they were there, Dana had that gut feeling in her that everyone talks about. The overall vibe just felt right.
Fortunately that gut feeling panned out and Dana experienced a fulfilling career on and off the field at Middlebury. Between field hockey and lacrosse, she and her teammates made 7 NCAA tournaments, reached two Final Fours, and competed in one National Championship game. She began her career in lacrosse as the Rookie of the Year and ended it as a Second-Team All-American. She credits her coaches and teammates for her successes and still considers many of them to be her closest friends. After graduation in 2010 with a degree in Psychology, Dana worked for a small clothing start-up.
In the summer of 2013, Dana’s athletics network continued to pay it forward when she landed the Assistant Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse coaching position at Babson College. At Babson, she grew a passion for player development. She spent many hours recruiting and working, educating, and communicating with student athletes and their families to ensure that Babson was the best fit academically and athletically. She is excited to continue this love for advising and mentoring through her new role with the Recruiting Coaches.
Meghan is a vital resource for our Student Athletes. She has designed strength & conditioning and nutrition programs for male and female athletes at the high school, college, Olympic, and professional levels. Meghan has worked with our Student Athletes both in person and through online programs.
Meghan played College Soccer at George Washington University for 2 years and finished her playing career at Merrimack College in pursuit of her BS in Sports Medicine.
Meghan is a 3 time Iron Man, an 11 time Marathon Finisher, and a Massachusetts State Record Holder in Powerlifting in the 63kg USAPL Weight Class (358lb squat, 204 bench, and 341 deadlift), and in her next meet looks to break the American Record for the Squat in the 63kg weight class. She continues to coach high school soccer at her alma mater, Melrose High School (MA).