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In this podcast episode, Morris Sussex Sports interviews East Stroudsburg University Defensive Coordinator Chadd Braine as he discusses the college recruiting process from the coaches prospective.  Coach Braine talks about what he looks in an prospective athlete from grades, to what he does on the field, to the kind of person in general the recruit is.

With 6.5% of high school football players moving on to the college level, Braine helps student-athletes looking to play at the next level by suggesting these five points during their decision process:

  1. Location
  2. Academics
  3. Social considerations (size of school, diversity, etc)
  4. Financials
  5. Football

Coach Braine intentionally keeps football last on his list because most college players will not have the opportunity to play at the professional level.  He strongly urges athletes remember they are students first with the goal of graduating and getting into the career of their choice.

Coach Braine also shares the role academics plays in the college recruiting process and how giving a negative perception on social channels can mean the difference in getting recruiting or not.

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Coach Chadd Brain’s Bio

Chadd Braine
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Phone: (570) 422-3884
Twitter: @braine24
Alma Mater: ESU ’99

Chadd Braine enters his fourth season on the Warriors’ coaching staff as defensive coordinator in 2017.

Braine is a 1999 graduate of East Stroudsburg University and four-year letterwinner at defensive back from 1994-97.

ESU has had three All-PSAC East selections in both of the last two seasons – nose guard Marc Ranaudo (1st team), defensive end Ahmad McFarland and linebacker Mike Wiand in 2016, and McFarland, linebacker Sekou Jones and cornerback Teron Dobbs in 2015. The Warriors landed four All-PSAC East defenders in 2014 in defensive end Brandon Gattelli and defensive tackle Bryan Thomson (1st team), and linebacker Cody Simcox and Dobbs.

Braine arrived at ESU after five seasons as defensive coordinator and academic coordinator at William Paterson University from 2008-12, where he also coached the linebackers and defensive backs and guided a defense that ranked as high as 10th in DIII.

Braine’s previous collegiate experience prior to William Paterson includes two years as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and academic coordinator at Northern Michigan in 2006 and 2007.

He was the linebackers coach at Michigan Tech in 2004 and 2005. The 2004 squad won its first GLIAC championship and reached the NCAA DII quarterfinals.

Braine was also defensive backs coach at South Dakota in 2003 and linebackers coach at Ferrum (Va.) from 2000 to 2002, including the final two years as co-defensive coordinator. The 2000 defense led DIII in total defense, allowing 165.5 yards per game.

Braine began his coaching career at ESU as a student assistant in 1998 and graduate assistant coach in 1999.

He is also the founder of First and Goal Sports, LLC in Randolph, N.J., which runs youth football camps and clinics.

During his career at ESU, Braine was named to the All-PSAC East second team at defensive back in 1997 and played in 34 career games, including 26 starts.

He had 116 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 17 pass breakups and 7 interceptions in four seasons. He compiled 55 tackles and 3 interceptions while starting all 10 games in 1997.

Braine was also a member of ESU’s track program and set a school record in the 100m dash (10.55) which stood from 1998 to 2009. He was third in the PSAC in the 100m dash (10.65) and third in the ECAC in the indoor 55m dash (6.62) in 1998.

George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.

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