Q&A with SJU alumna Amanda Rawson

Amanda Rawson last played for St. John’s basketball in 2002. As a senior, she played in 27 games, scoring 130 points and placing third on the team with 92 rebounds.

Though she has been gone for five years, Rawson is still involved in college athletics. She now works as a recruiting coach for the National Collegiate Scouting Association, pairing qualified student-athletes with coaches that match their demeanor. Guiding them through the process of enrolling at a school, Rawson is giving the students an opportunity that was not available to her as a student-athlete.

Q: How would you describe your responsibilities toward student-athletes?
A: I coach them and guide them through the whole process to find the right school and know the right options.

Q: What does that entail?
A: We help them figure out what’s right for them geographically, their right major, and a school that is going to lead them in the right direction.

Q: What are your lasting memories from your St. John’s career?
A: I was really lucky to have a great experience. My teammates were awesome, I still talk to them. I’m fortunate enough to still talk to the coach and [my] teammates.

Q: What was your own experience of enrolling like?
A: I did not have any help; the process was very overwhelming. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know any of the rules. My parents helped me but they didn’t know the rules. I don’t have any regrets [though] because I had a great experience.

Q: How did you decide to work for the NCSA?
A: I found their company on the Web site and I replied to them. I wasn’t sure about them. I knew what it was like not to have help. There’s so much out there to learn. Anything that we can do to help them is great so they can make the right decision.