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An athlete’s greatest dream is to play professionally. Grande Sports Academy is uniquely positioned to help our athletes accomplish that dream, while nurturing the importance of life skills and college preparatory academics.

This is where young adults reach an unparalleled level of mental and physicaldevelopment to maximize their potential and achieve their individual goals. Our goal is to have every graduate earn a college scholarship offer or play professionally and we have accomplished this from day one.

We are proud to announce that Sir Nick Faldo, a 6-time Major Champion andformer World Number 1, is bringing his prestigious Faldo Series Academy (FSA) to Grande Sports Academy. FSA will offer the highest caliber youth golf instruction and college preparation in America, supported by a team of Faldo golf professionals. This is Faldo’s first full time residential academy and will have superior golf instruction leading to college scholarships, careers in the golf industry, even a track toward a professional player status. The Faldo Method, a program of teaching philosophies and fundamentals created by Sir Nick, is the foundation for all instruction at FSA. Nick Faldo will be on campus working with coaches and students during the academic year.


The Director of Recruiting is a challenging and hands-on position which requires total commitment. The candidate must provide all aspects of customer service, including cultivating relationships and building rapport with parents to bring a comfort level to them when discussing their son’s attendance at the Academy. The Director of Recruiting must provide prompt client communication.

The Director of Recruiting must provide the highest level of personal and professional integrity and ethics. Have the ability to think strategically and creatively with strong business and sports acumen. Have a strong understanding of the passion for golf with an innovative, energetic and self-motivated attitude. Be a goal setter with strong time management skills. Be an excellent communicator with effective writing skills and the poise and ability to present oneself well to others.

A little background…

Grande Sports is made of two entities: Grande Sports World and Grande Sports Academy. Grande Sports World (GSW) is a new $20 million dollar elite training facility and includes a state of the art 58,000 square foot performance center with the finest strength and conditioning equipment along with 9 professional multi-sport fields. The performance center also includes 16 classrooms with multimedia capabilities for study sessions, video analysis and rules instruction. Another component is the hot and cold plunge pools for swifter recovery, regeneration and rehabilitation. Fifteen of the 19 Major League Soccer teams and four National soccer teams have trained or played games at the facility.

The historic Francisco Grande golf course at Grande Sports World was built in 1961 and was designed by renowned golf course architect, Ralph Plummer which also designed Shady Oaks, home of famed golfer, Ben Hogan and PGA Tour stops – The Colonial Country Club and Tryall Golf Club.

An impressive 15 acre precision practice facility will open in 2013 that is like none other in the world and will entail every aspect of the game. The complex will include a short game area of 120 yards and in, hitting tees for every wind angle, chipping areas, challenging bunkers, and challenging putting greens.

Grande Sports Academy is a full-time residential youth sports academy and is committed to identify, develop and prepare student-athletes to be all they can be - - personally, athletically and academically - - and provide them with a foundation for success in all aspects of their lives. We provide a safe environment away from home that nurtures and develops the individual talents of each student-athlete while instilling qualities of commitment, responsibility and teamwork.

Grande Sports Academy is home to the Real Salt Lake- AZ academy soccer teams and is the only full-time residential soccer team affiliated with a MLS team – Real Salt Lake. We have 72 residents from 19 different states and six foreign countries, and the U16 team is in first place, and the U18 team is in second place in the Southwest Division. All of our graduates have earned college scholarships or are playing professionally.

It has been our strategic decision to start with one sport (soccer) to do it better than anyone else, and then add another sport (golf) and emulate the same success. More sports will follow with the same formula as there are still 500 acres to expand upon.

What you can expect…

This is NOT a position for someone not looking to be challenged or hands-on. You will be developing and driving the sales program to bring high school age soccer players from all over the country, and overseas to the academy for residential training. You’ll be in the thick of it; attending tournaments, speaking with coaches, getting to know the student-athletes, interacting with visiting coaches, cultivating relationships and building rapport with the parents.

What you’ll be doing…

Prospecting new business, connect with coaches and agents to find players to bring to the academy.
Cultivate relationships and create a re-assuring rapport with parents and students, including meeting with players and parents prior to and after each camp/tryout to convert prospects to a full-time residential student.Establish, develop and implement annual sales plans.
Fulfill financial goals via sales with full-time residential student-athletes and camps.
Daily communication with golf coaches to properly identify elite players.
Respond promptly to all client communications. Conduct an excellent follow-up system
Close new business.
Take parents, students and visitors on tours of the property.
Establish, identify, coach and mentor academy and camp sales interns.
Prepare sales reports and distribute weekly.
Attend golf conferences to present and create interest in our programs.
Attend golf tournaments and camps to assist in developing prospect list.
Provide excellent communication with GM, Director of Golf Academy, Coaches,
Marketing Manager, Resident Assistants, Directors of Resort, Parents and Students.
Send and receive all student athlete paperwork including camp registration, full resident applications and scholarship applications.
Conduct weekly eblasts and coordinate with the Marketing Manager.
Work closely with the Marketing Manager to activate and convert sales leadsInsure the website is up to date by communicating with the Marketing Manager.Attend weekly resort staff and student athlete recruiting meetings

Skills you’ll need to succeed…

BA or greater in sales, marketing and communications, or minimum 3 years of experience in similar field.
Player development background in golf.
Presentation skills. Excellent computer skills, to include Microsoft Office, Word, Excel.
Experience in Wordpress helpful, but not required.
Outstanding strategic selling skills. Creative solution development.
Experience with interpersonal communications.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Must be able to multi-task and see projects through to completion in a timely manner.
Strong work ethic. High level of responsiveness and professionalism.
Goal setter, who is organized with attention to detail.
An innovative, energetic and self-motivated attitude.
Poise with ability to present oneself well to others.
An entrepreneurial spirit to help grow the business into new frontiers.
Strong background in marketing initiatives and new media.
Continuing education in new media.
Work Director/Senior Level hours and respond to business demands.
Perseverance qualities.
Ability to walk the property, climb stairs and be outdoors to attend games.

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