SPIRE Institute & Academy (IA) continues to place students in the colleges and universities that will help them achieve their dreams of athletic and academic success. This year, SPIRE is pleased to announce that three post graduate students and one graduating senior recently made their commitments on National Signing Day.
The three post graduate students are from SPIRE’s world-renowned basketball program, headed up by head coach Gravelle Craig. After receiving their National Letters of Intent, Allen Udemadu will be joining Tennessee State University’s Tigers, Quincy Aronovitz will be shooting for Wisconsin’s Beloit Buccaneers and Tahj Staveskie has signed on to Canisius College to join the Golden Griffins.
Coach Craig credits the students’ hard work during their seven month post graduate time at SPIRE. “I’ve seen an improvement in their focus and mental strength. They’ve also been working on their physical fitness and stamina through weight training and SPIRE’s performance facilities.”
Coach Craig goes on to explain his approach to training his students, saying, “I run my training programs in a college-style format, including college drills. SPIRE basketball recruits are able to begin to contribute to their college teams immediately.”
Because SPIRE provides extended opportunities to play in venues and games they wouldn’t have access to locally, Quincy, Allen and Tahj were able to be noticed by recruiters. Coach Craig explains, “SPIRE provides students the chance to play in front of decision makers they won’t see in a local high school setting.”
Graduating senior swimmer Joey Agena has signed on with California State University Bakersfield to swim with the Roadrunners. SPIRE Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach, Thad Schultz, praises Joey’s hard work and dedication, explaining, “Joey is a great competitor. He has truly made some great strides here at SPIRE in working toward his goals. Joey has become a better trainer and is much more focused on where he wants to be. Joey has also done a great job adapting to the difference between living in Los Angeles and living here at SPIRE in Geneva, Ohio.”
Joey is happy and excited with his decision to commit to University of California. “I chose Cal State Bakersfield because I wanted to stay close to home. It’s truly a blessing to be able to attend and compete for the Roadrunners.”
Jennifer Pruzinsky, SPIRE’s Director of College Placement and Planning, is excited about the opportunities for Tahj, Allen, Quincy and Joey. “These SPIRE student athletes have been recognized for their hard work and dedication in the pool, on the court and in the classroom. Now, they have decided to attend remarkable institutions of higher education and continue their passion. They are embarking on the next journey in their life that will open doors and lead to opportunities athletically, academically and personally. I am excited to see what they do next!”
Coach Craig is proud of these students’ hard work and the opportunities in front of them. “Our job is to prepare these athletes and give them an edge over high school kids. Quincy, Joey, Tahj and Allen are proof that SPIRE does just that.”