Helping qualified student-athletes and families
earn the college opportunities they deserve.
WHO WE ARE
ATHLETE MARKETING + RECRUITING.
Verified Athlete combines 30 years of experience with a unique recruiting platform to help student-athletes and families navigate this once-in-a-lifetime process. Whether it be from lack of exposure, college contacts, knowledge or a game plan, many student-athletes do not maximize their recruiting potential and settle when it comes to this 40-50 year decision. With a 90% success rate, the vA staff is passionate about helping student-athletes reach their college goals!
Meet The Team
Coach Stancik is the Director of Player Personnel for Verified Athlete. He is a former 15 year Texas high school coach including stops at St. Michael's Catholic Academy and most recently Austin McCallum High School. Coach Stancik spent 10 years at St. Michael's and served as a classroom teacher, football coach as well as 4 years as Director of Admissions. Coach Stancik helped St. Michael's win 6 consecutive district championships and compile a 35-1 district record and helped dozens of student-athletes get to college during his time on staff. While at McCallum, Coach Stancik helped the Knights finish the 2017 season with the best record and longest playoff run in school history at 14-1.
During his coaching tenure, Stancik has coached and developed over 30 All-District and All-State caliber players. Coach Stancik played football at Texas A&M-Kingsville for two years before graduating from Texas State University with a degree in Geography. He earned a Master's degree in Sports Administration and Management from Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Abby, have 3 future Verified Athletes of their own Livvy, Madden, and Shepp.
Tommy DeLong, a native Houstonian, brings a wealth of recruiting experience and knowledge to Verified Athlete. Mr. DeLong has worked with over 500 student-athletes during his decade in recruiting and has developed a vast network of college connections. His passion and sincere interest in helping high school student-athletes is very evident and has led to many success stories over the years.
A multi-sport and lightly recruited student-athlete in high school, Mr. DeLong understands the importance and lifelong advantages of having a game plan, taking a proactive approach, using social media properly and getting the most of out of the once-in-a-lifetime recruiting process. He and his wife, Whitney, have one son, Keegan.
- Attended BF Terry HS & Smithville HS
- Recruited by Angelo State, TLU and others
- Bachelors in Sports Management from Texas A&M Corpus Christi
- Intern with the Houston Astros (2005)
- Instant Replay Field Technician with the Houston Texans
- 11 years of Athlete Marketing + Recruiting experience
Jimmy Andrews has been in Central Texas working with youth for the last 10 years and has been working with high school student-athletes in the region for the last 6 years. Mr. Andrews has worked directly with over 400 prospects now at D1 Power 5 programs, D1 FCS programs, Ivy League schools, and D2/D3/NAIA programs right here in Texas and around the nation.
Jimmy has worked with youth for 10+ years as a Program Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters, English Teacher, as well as the last 6 years in Central Texas solely on recruiting, developing and mentoring student-athletes through their journey and development to be more.
As the North East Director for Verified Athlete, Coach Costello uses his vast experience as a college student-athlete and as a Division I coach to assist prospects and families through the college recruiting process.Education & Playing Experience
- University of Massachusetts (UMass)
- 2004 Team Captain
- Preseason All-American
- 12 Career Interceptions Coaching Experience
- 5 seasons as a Division I Coach
- Graduate Assistant (WR)
- TE Coach (1 Season)
- CB Coach (3 Seasons) Recruiting Experience
- Division I recruit in high school
- Division I Recruiting Coordinator as a coach
- Signed players from 7 different states
- Recruited nationally