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April 4, 2024
Episode 2: Bridging the Gap: Uniting Athletics and Admissions for Recruitment Success

Bridging the Gap: Uniting Athletics and Admissions for Recruitment Success

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About the Episode

About the Episode: In the latest episode of In Your Element, Charity Schneeberger and Gretchen LeVan dive into the dynamic intersection of athletics and admissions at the University of Valley Forge. Through their roles as Director of Admissions and Director of Athletics, respectively, they shed light on how a culture of teamwork, effective communication, and technological advancements can bridge the gap between two critical departments. 

The episode kicks off with an honest exploration of the challenges and triumphs in fostering a robust partnership between athletics, admissions, and all departments. The duo underscores the importance of leveraging tools like Element451 to streamline collaboration and enhance efficiency. From discussing the nuances of recruiting platforms to the strategic use of Bolt profiles, Charity and Gretchen share insights into making the recruitment process smoother for coaches and more aligned with institutional objectives. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Teamwork & Shared Mission: The foundation of a successful partnership between athletics and admissions lies in shared goals and collaborative effort.
  • Communication & Collaboration: Breaking down silos and fostering open dialogue are crucial for achieving mutual success and advancing institutional goals.
  • Technological Integration: Tools like Element451 are pivotal in streamlining recruitment processes, facilitating smoother interactions between departments.

Connect With Our Co-Hosts:

Daniella Nordin

Brendan Henkel

About The Enrollify Podcast Network: In Your Element is a part of the Enrollify Podcast Network. If you like this podcast, chances are you’ll like other Enrollify shows too!  

Some of our favorites include Visionary Voices: The College President’s Playbook and Higher Ed Pulse

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People in this episode


Daniella Nordin is the Director of Customer Success and Engagement at Element451 and the host of In Your Element.

Brendan Henkel is the Manager of Solutions Engineering at Element451 and host of In Your Element.


Charity Schneeberger

Charity Schneeberger is in her fourth year as Director of Admissions at the University of Valley Forge. During her time in Admissions, enrollment at UVF has grown or held steady each year. In the last year, she has overseen expansion of travel and implementation of a new CRM (Element451). Prior to working in Admissions, Charity’s background was in Institutional Effectiveness.

Gretchen LeVan

Gretchen LeVan is entering her sixth year as the Director of Athletics at the University of Valley Forge, and eleventh year as Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Prior to becoming the helm of the department, LeVan served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for five years. During her time at UVF, LeVan re-branded the department with creating a new mission statement, vision statement, and pillars of stability, as well as developing the Patriot Way, a student-athlete handbook. She piloted the Patriots in becoming a core member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) and established UVF’s athletic recruitment strategy, the Patriot All-Academic Team, and the addition of Men’s Volleyball as a varsity sport.

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