NCSA – Why Work For Us?


What NCSA Is All About

Our mission at NCSA is empowering leaders through sports.

We use our cutting edge technology, a network of solid relationships, and a passionate team of experts to help athleaders reach their full potential.

We’ve helped more than 60,000 student-athletes reach the next level and receive nearly $4 billion in scholarships, aid and grants. NCSA is all about educating student- athletes about the recruiting process. We host more than 2,000 recruiting seminars at camps, combines and high schools every year. And 90 percent of our student- athletes have committed to play college athletics in 29 different sports.

Since 2000, NCSA has helped student athletes raise their game to the college level by connecting them with coaches and scholarships. But we see our mission as much more than the yearly population of team rosters. We believe that the lessons student athletes learn on the field of play offer immeasurable value to the communities in which they live—value that lasts long after their athletic careers come to an end. Our mission is to help student athletes fulfill their athletic, intellectual and human potential.


Why Does NCSA Help Student Athletes?

The recruiting process can be complicated, frustrating and completely overwhelming. It takes hard work and dedication on and off the field or court to earn an athletic scholarship. So, why in the world does NCSA want to be involved?

The simple answer is that we don’t want to see high school athletes miss out on their dreams of playing sports in college. But there’s a lot more to it than that.

We believe strongly in Athleadership.

Athleadership -- from athlete and leadership -- is how leaders empower themselves and others through sports. Athleaders are student-athletes who maximize sports to get ahead and to give back to the community. They are individuals who use sports as a stepping stone to achieve lofty but attainable goals. We want to help develop athleaders.

Getting an athletic scholarship is an important first step in a college career.

College is a time for unbelievable personal growth, and the time spent in college greatly impacts the rest of our life. We want to help athletes find the right college, and make the experience as rewarding and positive as it can be.

A college degree is an amazing thing and everybody has a right to one.

We know the power of a college degree. We’re familiar with the success a degree can bring and the doors it can open. And we want to make sure that every college recruit that deserves an athletic scholarship gets one. We don’t want to see any student-athletes left behind simply because they didn’t know how the recruiting process worked.

We’ve All Been There Before

Most of the staff at NCSA participated in sports while in college. So we know exactly what college recruits are going through, because at one time most of us went through the process too. That gives us essential insight and the ability to empathize with each student-athlete we deal with. We are here to help.

NCSA founder Chris Krause started NCSA because of his own experience as a high school athlete. Krause was a standout linebacker in high school who received early interest from big name colleges. But by the time his senior year started he still didn’t have a scholarship. It was then that he realized that he was uninformed about how the recruiting process worked.

Through hard work and determination Krause eventually landed a football scholarship to Vanderbilt University. Krause started NCSA to use his experience to help guide others through the tough recruiting process.


NCSA is a committed, athletic minded team whose mission is to empower leaders through sports by sharing the passion, energy and appreciation for what sports has done for them. NCSA offers an exciting and competitive environment similar to the playing field. Working here requires an all-in attitude, all out work ethic, commitment, flexibility and teamwork. If you are passionate about sports and making a difference in a student-athlete's life, NCSA is the place for you!

Founded by Chris Krause in 2000, NCSA has seen unparalleled growth and has become the leader in its industry. We have received such accolades as Brill Street + Company's Top 50 Gen Y Employers, Crain’s Fast Fifty, Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, National 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, and most recently, ranked in the Inc. 500/5000 List of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.

Become a part of NCSA’s All-Star Team

What does it take to become a part of this all-star team? We are looking for people who are athletic minded, team-orientated, driven, and passionate about giving back and helping others achieve their dreams. Plus we are looking for teammates who will embrace NCSA’s core values!

In order to be considered for a position, you must submit your resume online. Once you have submitted your resume you have begun the process! All resumes will be reviewed by a recruiter or hiring manager. Those who meet the basic qualification for the position will be contacted for a phone screen. After the phone screen, candidates who move on will be brought in for a face to face interview.

It’s important to remember that each position may have additional steps along the way. Those that do will be discussed during the interview process.

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    Great place to work in sports and change lives on a daily basis

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    Culture! Benefits. Implemented (fairly) new compensation structure for Scouting Force that drives performance and rewards what really matters - quality engagements with families! Working with athletic-minded individuals who share the same passion for helping student-athletes. As our Sales Recruiter, I often get asked why I love working for NCSA, and I tell everyone the same answer - there aren't many companies out there where their employees can say they are changing lives on a daily basis. Being passionate about our mission and working with great people is a great reason to come to work every day.


    Working at a consistently growing and evolving company can be a challenge for some who prefer companies that are more established. NCSA is one of the fastest growing companies in Chicago, and with that brings new and exciting growth opportunities and the chance and need for all of our employees to step up to keep up with our rapid growth. If this excites you, then you might be a good fit for NCSA!

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at NCSA.


    Two part interview. Ask about athletic experience, sales experience, and ask if you are comfortable making cold calls. Very easy process. Be clear and concise on previous experience (personal or professional) as it relates to the job.

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NCSA Awards & Accolades

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Fast Fifty , Crain's Chicago Business, 2014
101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago , 101 Best & Brightest Companies, 2014
101 Best and Brightest National Winner , 101 Best & Brightest, 2014
Fastest Growing Private Companies in America , Inc. Magazine, 2014
Top 100 Digital Companies in Chicago , Built in Chicago, 2014
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Recent Updates
  • NCSA update
    30+ days ago

    Today we highlight Ellen Brown, head women's soccer recruiting coach, who was an All-Conference Division III athlete before she transferred to the University of Kentucky and squared off against none other than Abby Wambach herself. Check out Ellen's story through the link.

    Ellen Brown Describes Her Career in Sports

    This post is the latest in our highlight series of NCSA Athletic Recruiting employees. Today I caught up with Ellen Brown, head women's soccer recruiting coach. (To the right, above.) We're always looking for new members to join our team. If you're interested in a career in sports, check out our employment opportunities.

  • NCSA update
    30+ days ago

    Our most recent team mate in the hot spot for our highlight series is Tim Johnson, who played soccer for all four years in college before joining the NCSA Athletic Recruiting scouting team. Check out his life in athletics and more about Tim in this exclusive interview.

    A Scout Describes His Career in Sports at NCSA

    This post is part of our spotlight series on NCSA Athletic Recruiting team members. Today, I caught up with Tim Johnson, a scouting captain who played soccer at Illinois Wesleyan. If you're interested in talking to scouts like Tim about how you can play your sport in college, the best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.


Additional Info

Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 2000
Type Company - Private
Industry Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

Welcome to The Network. At NCSA Athletic Recruiting, we believe in the transformational power of sport. We’ve lived it; most of us have played at the college or professional level. NCSA is a community for coaches and athletes to connect and accelerate recruiting opportunities. We simply the college recruiting process. We help coaches use their time more efficiently and ... More

Mission: Athleadership: Empowering ourselves and others through the life lessons of sports.

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