About This Project
Double Take Recruit | 2019
Presenter: Connor Hountalas
Hountalas’ problem: “When I was a high school senior applying to Division I schools for soccer scholarships, I recognized a market vacuum. There was an absence of companies offering quality video production for scholarship-seeking collegiate-bound athletes. As a 6-foot-1 goalkeeper in a setting where being 6-4 was the minimum, I knew I’d have to go above and beyond in reaching out to coaches. An absence of quality companies created opportunities alongside demand. By teaching myself how to edit and getting my name out there through video, I received official offers to Harvard, UCLA, University of San Diego, UC Davis, Sacramento State, and many others,” he said.
The result is Double Take Recruitment Videos. Replicating and improving on the process he personally used to get noticed by college recruiters, Double Take, which has the NCAA’s stamp of approval, has enough promise that the junior USD business finance major and entrepreneurship minor who did get recruited by USD and played for two seasons, ended his soccer playing career to focus on the business and academics.
“It started to get more traction and I had to make a decision, either play soccer or follow my passion,” Hountalas said. It was a difficult decision, he said, speaking often with USD’s coaching staff about it, but ultimately, he chose a business path.
Hountalas, who praised USD faculty members for their guidance and support along the way, was ready. “I spent more than 200 hours preparing for (the presentation) and I think it helped me find clarity in my company. Knowing about the companies I was going up against, I had a chip on my shoulder because I knew the others were phenomenal, too, and I had to show up and do the best I could.”
In essence, instead of getting noticed for his ability to stop soccer balls from going into the net, he’s now committed to help potential college soccer athletes get noticed and to help them reach their goals through his video service.
He’s currently got three colleges providing a pilot testing program — USD, Loyola Marymount and Sacramento State are the three — for Double Take. If successful, Hountalas said there are as many as 30 more colleges interested in following their lead.
He plans to utilize the V2 seed funding to scale the business in myriad ways, but the results of the pilot program, “will point us to where we’re going to turn our marketing funds.”
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