The Working Mom's Field Guide Podcast Ep. 16: College, Sports, and Recruiting with Financial Planner and Former Collegiate Coach Shellane Ogoshi
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If you have a student-athlete in the 8th, 9th, or 10th grade (and they’re interested in playing sports in college), this episode is going to be super valuable for you.

In this episode, I talk to Certified Financial Planner Shellane Ogoshi. Shellane graduated with honors from Hofstra University with her B.A. in International Business with a minor in Finance.  She obtained her MBA with a concentration in Finance shortly after that, while coaching Division I and Division II Women’s Volleyball and working full-time. Shellane has also attained the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) professional designations.

I asked Shellane to be on the show initially because of her expertise in financial planning, but when I found out she was a former D1 College Volleyball Player and D1 Volleyball Coach, I had so many questions for her about college athletics and recruiting.

We cover so much ground in this interview. Shellane talks about general strategies to save for college (everyone’s financial situation is so different that it would be impossible to talk specific strategies), available resources, how students get athletic scholarships, the recruiting process, how to stand out to college coaches, and expectations for a D1 athlete.

If you’re a working mom who has questions about how to afford college, the resources to begin the college planning process, college sports and the athletics recruiting process, you need to listen to this episode! Scroll down to play the episode now!

And please, please, please share it with a friend or anyone you know who might benefit from this conversation!

Listen to the Episode:

Short on Time? Episode highlights:

7:40: Saving for college

12:40: Recruiting Process

16:00: Timeline for student-athletes

18:30: E-mails from Recruiting Sites such as NCSA

19:43: How to e-mail coaches

20:50: Tagging prospects

22:15: What to do if you don’t hear back from a Coach

24:29: What makes a prospect stand out in an e-mail?

27:00: NCSA and recruiting websites/services

30:11: Differences between Division I-Division III

34:18: D1 Expectations (regarding time)

38:30: What does it mean to commit?

46:33: Video to college coaches

52:00: NCAA Eligibility


1. College Board: Free website to begin the college planning process:

2. Saving for College website:

3. NCAA (for Division I, II, and III athletics):

4. National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics:

5. Next College Student Athlete (NCSA):

More About Shellane:

Shellane Ogoshi was recently inducted to the Hofstra University Athletics Hall of Fame and had her jersey retired.  Top tier performance, commitment, and dedication were necessary for her success, today she uses these same characteristics while serving individuals, business owners and their loved ones to attain confidence and clarity in their financial situation through individualized holistic planning.  She proactively prepares clients for life events, both seen and unforeseen which benefits them and those they care about.

She currently provides consulting to various Corporations, Foundations & Endowments, Retirement Plans, and has mastered customization of financial plans for C-Suite executives, business owners, established professionals, along with governmental & military personnel and high-net-worth and ultra-high-net worth individuals.

Along with her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) professional designations, Shellane also holds her Life, Accident and Health Insurance license along with Series 7 and 66 licenses.  

Shellane enjoys all aspects of outdoor life, spending time with her family as well as playing and coaching volleyball.

Jennifer Wilson