The Team

“Recruiting doesn’t result in a 4 or 5 year decision – it results in a 40 or 50 year decision.”

Each team member of The Athletic Academy has either played or coached together at the high school or college level. They share a passion for football.  Although their careers have led them in different directions at one point or another, their dreams of coaching together remain intact. Above all, they believe in building a “dynasty” together as the creators of The Athletic Academy.

Corey Shandrick

Co-Founder

@CShandy23

Corey Shandrick finished his football playing career as a wide receiver at Illinois State University earning a degree in business.  He then went on to serve two coaching stints at Missouri Western State University and later returning to Illinois State.  Corey has experience coaching at all levels as well as coaching in the USA football programs.

Blaine John Bennett

Co-Founder

@coach_BJB

B.J. Bennett finished his football playing career while earning a bachelor’s degree in coaching and motor skill development from Central Washington University in 2014. In addition, B.J. is currently working towards a master’s degree in athletic administration. 

Levi Armstrong

Co-Founder

@Armstrong1Coach

Levi Armstrong played wide receiver for Saint Joseph’s College football team, earning a bachelor’s degree in sports management and marketing.  As a former student athlete, Levi has implemented the same tenacity and commitment to reaching the top in his field as he did throughout his athletic career.

Kane Keirnan

Co-Founder

@ACoachK4

Kane Keirnan started his football playing career at Illinois State University.  Afterwards, he worked as a Graduate Assistant coach at the University of New Mexico, then returned back to Illinois State as full-time coach, coaching the Wide Receivers. Kane’s philosophies focus on developing great relationships with student-athletes, coaches, and parents.  

At The Athletic Academy, our main goal is to provide a personalized experience for our visitors. So, we offer an open door policy. Please feel free to reach out to us through our contact form.

 

About Us

Tens of thousands of kids each year have the dream of playing collegiate athletics. Quite frankly, only a fraction of this number will go on to play at the next level. Continue reading to learn more about The Athletic Academy and our vision for you.

Vision

The Athletic Academy serves as a one stop shop for prospective student athletes looking to prepare and expose themselves for the next level. We specialize in our personalized consultations, and training programs to fit YOUR needs!

Mission Statement

The recruiting process is different for everyone. There is no standard plan that can fit every player’s needs. The Athletic Academy takes pride in understanding each individual’s goals and creating a custom-built plan to meet these goals:

 

  • Honest evaluation of your highlight film

  • Assistance creating a college target list that fits you

  • Reaching out and meeting college coaches

  • Advice on the best camps to expose yourself

  • Position drills that you need to master

  • A workout plan that will meet your goals

  • AND MUCH MORE!

Our Alliances

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I love the good job that athletic academy doing to a lot of kids around the world by getting them to their potential levels and hopefully it will helps me get through with a lot of basketball coaches, I'm beyond excited for getting athletic academy.
Thank you!

What makes Athletic Academy stand out is its ability to connect with young athletes and feel for young athletes that need reassurance that it’s not impossible to follow your dreams.

The meeting was great! He talked about good things and I can tell all you guys are just trying to help me get to the next level. Again, thank you for what you're doing.

How easy it is to have access to the colleges

Thanks for getting me prepared for my camp! They went over basically all the drills that we practiced, so I was cutting and changing direction pretty smoothly.

Learned a lot about eligibility. Both my parents were super impressed with what I could do academically. Join the team, you won't regret it!

It can help me get scouts

I Love The College Search Feature. It made it super easy to look for colleges in my area at any level!

I just wanna play at the next level

This is awesome, it looks incredible... It's such an underserved space, I see there is nutrition on there too, that's great!

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