Athens Advisors and Encore Group today announced a strategic partnership to enhance college planning options for select lacrosse athletes in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Valley.
Encore Group’s vision of the “whole athlete” combined with Athens Advisors’ expertise in finding the right college fit, will provide some of the region’s top lacrosse athletes exclusive access to college counseling via workshops and one-on-one consultation. Encore Group’s high school athletes will now be able to access counseling services that have only previously been available through private referral.According to a 2015 study by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), California has the second highest student-to-counselor ratio in the nation at 752 to 1. The national average was 482:1 and ASCA’s recommended ratio is 250:1. Given the disparity, Athens Advisors recognized the opportunity to help lacrosse families plan and make important choices during the athlete’s high school years.

Neil Butterfield, president of Encore Group said, “Whether our athletes play lacrosse beyond high school or not, most of them will attend college. We want to provide guidance that will take them through college and beyond. We share a common set of values with Athens Advisors and have worked hard to ensure our families get priority access to their expert team. Plus, the fact that Athens Advisors has two founders who played and coached college lacrosse gives some extra credibility to our families.”

Athens Advisors co-founder, Joe Romano understands the need for a partnership with the Encore Group. “The college admissions landscape grows more complex every day. The number of applications that students submit, the selectivity at most colleges, and the pressure for students to apply early all continue to increase.  Our team’s expertise and balanced approach help students to navigate the process more confidently.  Encore’s families are fortunate to have a coaching organization that cares so deeply about their student-athletes.”

About Athens Advisors:
Athens Advisors is an innovative college planning company with offices in California. The company specializes in finding the right college fit for clients based on academics, location preferences, career goals, testing, and other key factors. Its counselors have a high success rate of guiding students to a top-choice campus. 

About Encore Group
Encore is a lacrosse lifestyle company based out of San Francisco, California. The company promotes lacrosse culture through locally managed training programs/teams, destination tournaments in SF, Las Vegas, and Hawaii – and project-based international, urban, and non-profit lacrosse development.

For More Information:
Joe Romano, Co-Founder, Athens Advisors, 650.291.7548 
Neil Butterfield, Co-Founder, Encore Group, 702.250.1450