Kinsella Connections

Navigating the recruiting process of collegiate athletics

About Kim Kinsella

Kim Kinsella PhotoI started Kinsella Connections after witnessing countless athletes miss their opportunity to play not because they weren’t good enough, but because of a lack of knowledge about the recruitment process. I know more about the recruiting process than most. I was the ill-informed high school athlete wanting to play in college. By sheer luck I was recruited to play collegiately based on following an insider’s advice. That advice changed the course of my life.

I went to college and was a very successful student-athlete. I fell more in love with my sport and decided to become a college coach after graduation. After almost a decade of coaching at the highest level I saw there was one thing that never changed; the gap between what the athletes knew and what they were expected to know about the recruiting process. This was further confirmed by talking to many athletes regarding their recruitment process.

 There are many pitfalls and land mines on the path to college recruitment. Due to these mistakes, coaches then move onto the next prospect before searching for the ones who fell through the cracks. An example is when a prospect sends an email addressed to the right coach but wrong school. It’s a small mistake but it will cost them. These mistakes shouldn’t cost the athlete a scholarship or their chance to play collegiately but they do.

After contacting hundreds of coaches from different sports and divisions, I realized that the problem isn’t linked to just one sport or gender. Most athlete are making the same mistakes. By combining my years of experience, depth of research, coaching connections and specialized training, I am about to guide athletes in all sports.

Kinsella Connections is designed to educate families on the process of collegiate recruiting and to provide a sounding board for your questions so you are prepared when it counts. Now you have an insider’s view of how college coaches think when evaluating prospective student athletes.

Me at a Glance


  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from Missouri State 2008
  • Master of Arts in Physical Education with an emphasis in Coaching from Central Michigan University 2012

Playing and Coaching Experience

  • Member of the Alliance of Women Coaches, a highly selective and competitive NCAA Coaching Academy
  • Highly recruited scholarship athlete
  • Top Division I field hockey goalkeeper from 2004-2007
    • Lead nation in Saves and Save percentages 2004-2007
    • Midwest High Performance team member in 2007
    • Numerous Academic Awards from the NFHCA and Mid-Atlantic Conference 
  • Division III coach at Virginia Wesleyan for two years
    • Mentored goalkeeper and field players to All-Conference honors both years
  • Division I coach at Central Michigan University for three years
    • Mentored goalkeeper and field players to All-Conference honors along with academic honors all three years
  • Division I coach at the University of Delaware for two years
    • Mentored team to Colonial Athletic Association Regular Season and Tournament Champions in both years
    • NCAA Tournament participant both years
    • Both goalkeepers were ranked in the Top 50 in four categories, earned All-Conference honors and named Most Outstanding Performer for the Conference Tournament
    • Delaware finished ranked top 18th in the country

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My daughter was interested in playing field hockey as a freshman, however had never played the game before let alone the position of goalie. We were looking for individual skill instruction and Kim and Kinsella Connections were recommended to us. We are so glad we called! Kim quickly demonstrated her ability to develop a player and take them as far as they needed or wanted to go. She was able to help my daughter excel both with basic skills as well as her self confidence in the position. My daughter was chosen by her coaches as co-defensive player of the year. Kim also shares her passion for the game and my daughter continues to want to learn more about the sport because of working with Kim.

-Patty C. parent of 2019 athlete St. Louis, MO January 20, 2016

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