We caught up with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Chris Miltenberg. We talked to Miltenberg about his first year and a half with the Tar Heels, how the pandemic has affected college programs, and what the recruiting process has been like specifically during the pandemic. Watch the full interview above and check out a breakdown of the talking points below.
Major Talking Points:
00:00 - 00:25 - Intro
00:26 - 2:22 - A look at how this year's XC season went for the Tar Heels.
2:23 - 4:06 - How the track team has also stayed engaged after the cancelation of the 2020 track season.
4:07 - 4:35 - The current UNC Freshmen class.
4:36 - 6:32 - What it takes to transition and build/rebuild the UNC program in his vision.
6:33 - 8:40 - What Miltenberg's vision looks like for the program and how recruiting can shape that.
8:41 - 13:07 - How the pandemic has affected the way the program approaches recruiting.
13:08 - 14:54 - Going back to the basics of recruiting.
14:55 - 17:39 - How missing the 2020 outdoor track season affects the recruiting process.
17:40 - 19:48 - How the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility affects recruiting.
19:49 - 20:37 - Scholarships aren't everything in recruiting.
20:38 - 21:58 - What's the best way for an athlete to reach out to a prospective school.
21:59 - 24:01 - Finding out what athletes really want to get out of a school, program, and competing in track/XC in general.
24:02 - 25:30 - How admission plays a part in recruiting.
25:31 - 27:28 - The importance of academics, not just athletics.
27:29 - 30:35 - Social media and its effect(s) on recruiting.
30:36 - 33:16 - Final remarks, getting back to what's important in recruiting.
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