OUR STORY AND MISSION
Informed Athlete helps student-athletes navigate the complex NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, and CCCAA rules on issues related to Transfers, Waivers & Appeals, Eligibility Issues, Scholarship Strategies, and Recruiting Rules.
Our mission is to lessen the stress in the lives of student-athletes and their parents. We do this by providing accurate information, personal guidance, and high-quality resources so they can make informed decisions. Decisions made with up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased information provide the very best opportunity for a positive outcome – both academically and athletically.
The idea for Informed Athlete came to us in 2006 after many years of sitting in bleachers and traveling to watch our own son play baseball. Parents frequently approached Rick to ask his advice and answer NCAA rules and recruiting questions related to their sons and daughters. We realized we could combine our skills to help families and student-athletes navigate through their often confusing, complicated, and overwhelming situations.
We understand how it feels to walk in a parent’s shoes. We gained valuable first-hand experience and understanding when our son was recruited by a Big 12 institution and received an athletic and academic scholarship. He later went through the transfer process himself with an optimum outcome.
“I wish I’d known about INFORMED ATHLETE earlier.”
ABOUT RICK, Founder, Informed Athlete
RICK ALLEN, Founder
RICK ALLEN was one of the first full time NCAA compliance directors in the country. He worked on-campus at two major Division I universities for over 25 years and consulted with college athletic departments around the country before founding Informed Athlete® in 2008.
Because of his many years of hands-on experience working with and interpreting the NCAA rules, he has a thorough understanding of how they work, how they are implemented, and how they overlap.
He explains the rules in a way that helps parents and athletes thoroughly understand what the rules mean and how they apply to their unique situation.
Rick’s Credentials Include:
25+ years on-campus experience working directly with NCAA compliance rules and procedures at two major DI Universities.
Current member, past President and board member of National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC).
Conducted compliance reviews at athletic departments of NCAA member institutions throughout the U.S. for 7 years.
Consulted with NAIA schools transitioning to NCAA membership for 6 years.
Consults on compliance rules and issues with private companies who provide services to athletes and/or NCAA member institutions throughout the U.S.
Stays current with NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA recruiting, eligibility, scholarship, and transfer trends, practices, and rules by attending NCAA Conventions and Compliance Seminars, and NACDA Conventions, and NJCAA Regional Workshops.
ABOUT JULIE, Founder, Informed Athlete
JULIE ALLEN, Co-Founder
JULIE ALLEN, Co-Founder and Marketing Director of Informed Athlete, has over 25 years direct, online, and customer loyalty marketing experience.
She began her marketing career as a database programmer working with clubs and organizations to manage and organize their data and has worked with banks, a regional restaurant chain, tech schools, museums, non-profits, and small businesses helping them build strong communication and loyal relationships with their customers.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Just wanted to let you know that we considered our consultation with you regarding our daughter’s transfer priceless advice. Transferring was one of the most difficult and emotional decisions ever. It was also the best thing – what a difference a new school and team makes! We are grateful for your guidance and recommend your services to families of young athletes regularly. Read More