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Brad Sparling is very familiar with what it takes to get recruited onto a college golf team. His coaching, teaching, and recruiting experience is extensive. A talented high school boy or girl would be well served by having Brad as a mentor in all aspects of skills-development, personal-development, and recruiting. In our years together at Duke, I learned that Brad will leave no stone unturned in his quest for success. He will help your child realize his or her dream of playing golf in college.

— Dan Brooks
Head Women’s Golf Coach – Duke University
Five time National Champion Coach
All-time Winningest Women’s Golf Coach
National Coach of the Year
NGCA Hall of Fame Coach
PGA Member

I have known Coach Sparling for more than 20 years and can’t imagine a coach more capable and qualified to advise, counsel and help a young golfer choose a university that is an appropriate ‘fit’ for them. You can trust Brad Sparling to help you navigate the complex and confusing college placement process and help you make one of the most important decisions of your life.

— Devon Brouse
Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach
Purdue University

Under Coach Sparling's leadership, the Duke Women's Golf Team won two NCAA Championships and received congratulations from President Bush at the White House.
Under Coach Sparling’s leadership, the Duke Women’s Golf Team won two NCAA Championships and received congratulations from President Bush at the White House.

Over the past few years, Coach Sparling has proven to be one of the top coaches in the country. He has been a part of national championship winning teams, worked alongside Academic All-Americans, as well as NCAA Players of the Year. His approach to the game from a technical level is impressive, but even more so is his ability to see his students character and ability. This enables him to utilize their potential in making them a better golfer and more importantly a better person. Coach Sparling’s enthusiasm and dedication is contagious and will push any aspiring collegiate player to the next level.

— Liz Janangelo
LPGA Tour Player
NCAA Women’s College Player of the Year
NCAA 1st Team All-American, Duke University

I have had the privilege of knowing Brad for three years now. He has been a golf coach at both Duke University and The Ohio State University. This expertise makes him very valuable to any young man or woman looking to improve their golf game and get a scholarship for college. He has the knowledge to navigate each prospect through the mine field of the recruiting process. He also is a very good teacher of the game, especially with the short game and golf course management. These are two areas that young players seem to lack before they enter college. Brad can give the heads up needed in these two valuable areas. Importantly, he also knows all the college coaches and can give each young man or woman a great assessment of the coach and university they would like to attend.I strongly recommend you take advantage of the opportunity to use Brad’s expertise and knowledge as you embark upon the college decision process.

— Steve Groves
Two-time First Team All-American – The Ohio State University
Former Ohio State Women’s Head Golf Coach
President of The Southern Ohio PGA
PGA Professional – Champions Golf Course

Coach Sparling not only helped me become a better player, but more importantly, a better person.

— Vaughn Snyder
All Big Ten Player
Ohio Amateur and Ohio Open Champion

Coach Sparling has played huge roles in the building of several championship winning teams, and thus has the knowledge and experience to know what college teams desire in a young player. His personality allows him to relate to both coaches and players which will benefit your son or daughter in their golfing development as well as in the college selection process. His strong family values give him the ability to recognize strong character and leads toward his dedication and zeal for helping young athletes. If you want to play college golf you need Coach Sparling on your side.

— Ryan Blaum
PGA Tour Player
1st Team All-America at Duke University
2 Time ACC Player of the Year

Jack Nicklaus and Brad Sparling of Play Golf in College
Jack Nicklaus with Brad Sparling

It is my pleasure to enthusiastically endorse Brad Sparling and Play Golf In College! Brad was a tremendously successful coach at Duke University and The Ohio State University; in my opinion, he was one of the best coaches and recruiters in the country. His teams always performed.

He is also a great evaluator of a player’s strength and weaknesses and he can help you improve your game. He is very well respected by all college coaches and his familiarity with them can be a tremendous asset to you as he helps you navigate the college placement process. He knows what college coaches are looking for when they recruit talent.

Brad is an accomplished player and teacher and is positive and enthusiastic in everything he does. I hope you will connect with Brad and take advantage of his extensive knowledge, experience and expertise. I know he can help place you in the perfect situation to compete at the college that is most appropriate for you- he can help you with your journey to a successful collegiate experience. I give him my unconditional and highest recommendation as a coach and also as a person.

— Coach Jim Brown
Ohio State Men’s Golf Coach (retired)
NCAA Champion Golf Coach- 1979
Coached 158 Team Victories while at Ohio State
National Coach of the Year
GCAA Hall of Fame Member
GCAA Labron Harris Award Winner
PGA Member

The lessons Coach Sparling has taught me since I have known him have been essential in my success not only in the game of golf but as a human being. He is someone I still call upon for advice whenever I need it because I know I can count on him. His knowledge of the game of golf and the recruiting process comes from his successful experiences both as a player and a coach. The recruiting process can be tough and anyway you can standout will only help. Having the opportunity to work with Coach Sparling, to be able to know what to expect from college both on and off the golf course, can only give you an extra edge in recruiting and in the transition into college golf. I highly recommend his services.

— Kyle “Bo” Coconis
All Big Ten Team
Big Ten Sportsman of the Year 2008
The Ohio State University ‘08

If you have a son or daughter who has above average potential and the desire to play college golf, you will not find a coach with more experience and knowledge of what it takes to succeed than Brad Sparling. He has recruited some of the best players in the country as a college coach, his teams have had great success, he has coaching contacts throughout the country, and he understands all aspects of the recruiting process.

Coach Sparling has exceptional teaching skills and is a great motivator. There are other services similar to Play Golf In College. However, it is difficult to match the scope of services Play Golf In College offers or to find a mentor and coach that has all the skill sets necessary to address every discipline involved in maximizing your child’s potential on and off the golf course. If you want an honest appraisal of your son or daughters potential and want a partner who can guide you through the complex journey of junior golf and college recruiting, you will be well served to consider working with Coach Sparling.

Besides all the golf related skills that Coach Sparling brings to the table, he will help your son or daughter become a better person. As a D1 college player, our son’s golf game prospered under Coach Sparling, but of even greater importance he had a positive impact on our son in many areas other than golf and we will always be grateful for his support and guidance. I recommend Coach Sparling and Play Golf In College without reservation.

— Mike Cress

Brad Sparling took pride in being one of the best recruiters in the country. He knows exactly what college coaches are looking for, not only from a playing skills perspective, but also from a maturity, personality and academic standpoint. He knows the intangibles that college coaches covet. Brad is very good at identifying a player’s strengths and weaknesses, and will be doggedly determined to help you make the improvements necessary to be a college golfer.

— Wes Hoag

Coach Brad Sparling has made a difference in our lives. I have been incredibly impressed with his ability to get the most out of his players. He knows how to communicate with and motivate young people to help them realize their full potential. From the junior tournament player to the best D1 players in the nation, it really is a gift to tap into his incredible golf knowledge and record of success. Character and integrity are also so very important to Coach. Anyone who has the desire to work hard towards the goal of playing college golf should take advantage of this great opportunity to work with one of the best in the business!

— The Bohl Family

It’s hard to find a nicer guy out there than Mark MacDonald. I had the pleasure of having Mark around for all four years at Miami – two as a teammate and two as an Assistant Coach.  He has a deep breadth of knowledge about the game and can effectively communicate his message to his players. More importantly, Mark helped me most develop as a person throughout my four years. The example he sets for young men is second to none – he does things the right way. He brings a positive attitude to life that is immediately felt by those around him.  When Mark puts his mind to something, he goes after it 100%, and I can’t wait to see him in excel in his role with PlayGolfInCollege.

— Daniel Schwarz (Miami University ’16)