Jack Renkens

“…you want to go where you can get an education, play and get funded. This is a business. They don’t pay, you don’t play.” - Jack Renkens

Jack Renkens

Founder and President

When it comes to the parents who are involved in the collegiate athletic recruiting process, Jack Renkens has seen it all. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he was an All League performer in basketball, Jack Renkens captained the team and was MVP in 1974. He earned his Masters Degree at the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Alabama and has done substantial graduate work at Northern Arizona University. From his days as a high school coach, administrator and teacher at Winslow High School (Winslow, AZ) and Woodstock High School (Woodstock, IL) through his days at Colby Junior College (Colby, KS) and as coach and Athletic Director at award winning Assumption College (Worcester, MA) Jack has witnessed the game from all sides.

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But it wasn’t until his own daughter became a nationally recruited basketball player that he discovered not only how little most student-athletes and their families knew about the recruiting process, but also how many myths existed.

As a result, Jack founded Recruiting Realities, an organization dedicated to exploding the myths and presenting the realities of athletic recruiting to student-athletes, their families, coaches and school counselors. Jack’s highly sought-after program has been featured at thousands of schools across the United States, on numerous television, radio, web site programs and at sports camps from coast to coast.



Bring Jack to your High School
  • Author of over 100 articles to National Publications
  • Weekly contributor to The Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper
  • Monthly contributor to Stack Magazine and California Newsline
  • 7 “Coach of the Year” honors
  • Arizona Coach of the Year 1978
  • 30 plus High School, Junior and Senior College Championships
  • 3 Consecutive North-East 10 Conference Basketball Championships (Assumption College, Worcester, MA, 1988, 1991, 1992)
  • 3 NCAA National Tournament Berths (Assumption College, Worcester, MA, 1988, 1991, 1992)
  • Record setting 28 win season at Colby Junior College (Colby, KS) including the NJCAA Independent League Title and National Tournament Berth, 1985
  • 2 Consecutive Regional Basketball titles at Woodstock High School (Woodstock, IL, 1981, 1982)
  • 4 Consecutive Arizona AA Division Basketball Championships at Winslow High School (Winslow, AZ, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
  • NCAA Congressman
  • National Association of Basketball Coaches
  • - Hall of Fame Committee Member
    - Editorial Committee Member
  • President of Worcester Area Basketball Coaches Association
  • Woodstock High School Principal’s Teacher of the Year Award
  • Who’s Who in America Colleges and Universities
  • Colby Junior College Master Teacher Award
  • Keys to the City and Proclamations of Excellence for Winslow, AZ and Worcester, MA
  • 2 Illinois District Pride Awards
  • 2 Kansas Basketball Coaches’ Association Career Achievement Award
  • Recruited and signed student-athletes from 42 states and two foreign countries
  • 100% college graduation rate
  • Assumption College Presidential Citation for Excellence

Keynote Speaker at

Keynote Speaker Jack Renkens
  • The Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin Athletic Directors’ Conferences
  • Southern California Symposium on Athletics (San Diego, CA)
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance National Conference (San Diego, CA)
  • Women in Sports Leadership Conference (San Diego, CA)
  • Play the Game Parent Educational Workshop (Cal State Northridge)
  • United States Tennis Association Boys and Girls Super Winter National Championships (Tucson, AZ)
  • Southern Illinois Soccer Showcase (Alton, IL)
  • Nike Athletic Directors Conference (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Nike Basketball Clinics – Coast to Coast
  • Nike Football Coaches Clinic (Dallas, TX)
  • Chicago Bears Training Camp
  • National Institute of Certified College Planners (Las Vegas) University of California San Diego
    Counseling Certificate Program (San Diego, CA)