About Us


Each year, millions of kids compete in some form of competitive athletics with the goal of earning a college athletic scholarship. 

Parents spend thousands of dollars on lessons, equipment, competitive sports teams, and travel in the hopes that their child will be noticed by college recruiters and offered an athletic scholarship to play their chosen sport.

However, an athletic skill is just one side of the equation to earning a college athletic scholarship.  

Understanding and navigating efficiently through the rules of the athletic recruiting process is a complex task and often results in unrealistic expectations with disappointing results.

What we do is educate, advise and assist families of high school and college student-athletes on issues related to athletic recruiting, academic eligibility, transfer isues and financial aid rules so that they are able to make informed decisions that are in their best interest.

For over 26-years, I worked on two major college campuses specializing in NCAA compliance: the University of Illinois from 1981-1997 and at Oklahoma State University from 1997 to 2006.  I now conduct athletic compliance reviews and consult with athletic departments of NAIA and NCAA member institutions throughout the United States and stay current with the latest recruiting trends. 

In addition to my professional experience, I have walked in your shoes and gained first-hand understanding from a parent’s perspective when my son was recruited to a Big 12 institution and received an athletic scholarship.

Through all my years sitting in bleachers and traveling to watch our own son, parents frequently asked me questions related to their sons or daughters.  My wife and I started Informed Athlete in 2008 as a way to educate and advise families and student-athletes through what can be very complicated, confusing, and often times overwhelming  situations.

My personal experience as the parent of a student-athlete as well as my experience with over 25 years of responsibility for NCAA rules at two major universities make me uniquely qualified to advise parents, athletes, and coaches on issues involving recruiting, eligibility, financial aid and transfer issues.

Rick Allen, Founder
Phone:  913-766-1235
Email:  rick@informedathlete.com