‘The App’ al­lows re­cruiters to home in

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD -

LAS VE­GAS — Ross Comer­ford never played Di­vi­sion I bas­ket­ball, but he un­der­stands the lo­gis­ti­cal night­mare Di­vi­sion I col­lege coaches en­counter dur­ing the July eval­u­a­tion pe­ri­ods tak­ing place in this sprawling mecca of gam­bling.

It’s taken time and co­op­er­a­tion for tour­na­ment or­ga­niz­ers, but Comer­ford, a former Di­vi­sion III player, has cre­ated an app to give coaches up-to-the-minute sched­ules of all the play­ers they are eval­u­at­ing.

FastRe­cruit is de­signed to help coach­ing staffs save on two of their most pre­cious com­modi­ties: time and money.

“It’s a huge time saver,” Rice coach Scott Pera said. “In the past, guys would stay up very, very late, wait­ing for things to hit and all you’ve got to do now is click this thing.”

Comer­ford, a 2001 grad­u­ate of Nazareth Col­lege in Rochester, N.Y., has pro­duced sev­eral apps de­signed to help bas­ket­ball coaches at all lev­els — FastS­cout and FastDraw.

Find­ing a tool for coaches to use for re­cruit­ing was Comer­ford’s next task.

Comer­ford had to get the op­er­a­tors of every tour­na­ment to agree to pro­vide the data he needed and to do it quickly.

Once Comer­ford con­vinced the op­er­a­tors — FastRe­cruit has the mar­ket on every ma­jor tour­na­ment ex­cept for one — it was a mat­ter of build­ing re­la­tion­ships and the soft­ware code.

Comer­ford launched FastRe­cruit in 2015, and the app has 500 Di­vi­sion I sub­scribers and has sim­ply be­come known as The App to col­lege coaches.

“We’re able to get around, know what team plays next and just keep on task in the chaos that is July re­cruit­ing,” North­ern Ari­zona Coach Jack Mur­phy said.

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