DAPHNE, Ala. – Long-time athletic scout Daniel Acosta, founder and chief executive officer of College Scout Bureau, said his education from the United States Sports Academy propelled his career as he progressed through the ranks of athletic scouting.
“The Academy is the best thing that has happened to me,” Acosta said. “To me, a sports education was perfect. My instructors and classmates understood my position, and it allowed for free and better interaction. In fact, I still keep in contact with some of my classmates.
“Online education is the best tool in the market right now. I encourage people to give themselves an opportunity to try it. In my experience at the Academy, my instructors were very professional and took their time to assist with everything I needed.”
Acosta holds two degrees in sports coaching from the Academy: his Bachelor of Sports Science in 2008 and Master of Sports Science in 2010. He is a lifelong baseball player, coach, and scout.
A resident of Port Orange, Fla., Acosta played and coached minor league baseball in Puerto Rico. After an elbow injury ended his playing career, he was hired as an associate baseball scout for Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers in 1997. He went on to work as a scout for the Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, and San Francisco Giants before becoming a high school baseball coach in Osceola, Fla. He has also coached travel baseball teams and coached at the junior college level in Iowa. He has also worked in college admissions, foreign student advising, coaching, and student counseling.
He started working on his own scouting company, which would later become College Scout Bureau, in the 1990s. Today, the company connects high school student athletes in baseball, basketball, soccer, football, softball, swimming, and volleyball with college athletic programs that fit their needs and skills.
“The company dedicates 100 percent of its time to offering exposure to student athletes around the country, with the purpose of finding scholarship opportunities and roster spots within collegiate athletics programs,” Acosta said. “As founder and CEO, I coordinate the orchestra by directing our scouting directors in different territories where we have a scouting presence.
“The one thing I like to most about my career is the opportunity to meet people and see their faces when we tell them about the scholarship offers they are receiving,” he said. “Also, after years meeting with one of them it is amazing to have that reunion moment when they say nice things like, ‘Thank you, without your assistance nothing like this would have happened.’”
Acosta said he hopes to be able to continue to expand College Scout Bureau’s reach and to improve the lives of young athletes around the world.
“We are reaching Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, Florida, Texas, California, Arizona, and Alaska,” he said. “By the end of the year we should be in Australia as well. My goal is to become a global force and have the ability to continue impacting kids all over the world.”
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.