International Athlete Management 360

"Finding the right path is not easy. It’s not easy to breakout of the system and find a way to outperform, to strive for better, to create opportunity. When we’re young it’s the paths we take that often determine the destination.

It may feel like a leap of faith to choose the right path, but if the path is safe and proven then it’s not that much of a leap to give your talent that extra chance."
- Marco Maisano (CEO)

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Watch IAM 360 CEO and Founder, Marco Maisano, accept the Telstra Business of the year award

(IAM360 Formerly known as NSR Australia and New Zealand)

Marco Maisano – CEO and Founder

I left school when I was 16 years old with a dream to play my sport professionally. I was a C average student who never really got along with my teachers (PE teachers aside). I knew school was important I just did not apply myself like I should have.

I was one of the lucky ones who signed a professional soccer contract at the age of 16. I was fortunate enough to experience the professional life for a few years, but by the time I was 25, I was broke, uneducated and lost. The only thing I did know, was that I wished I had prepared myself for life after sport.

You see, you only hear about the success stories, the lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous stars you idolize on TV. You don’t hear about the millions of athletes who sacrifice their lives for their sport and then end up with nothing, either because of injury, timing, politics or simply bad luck.

And that’s why I started IAM 360 in 2006.

I wanted to change how young athletes viewed their education. I wanted to give them a pathway to do 2 things once (Education and Sport) whilst ensuring they also learned valuable life skills and created experiences that will stay with them forever.

The American Collegiate system provides all of this for its students. A way to combine everything. A way to create a lifetime of memories, experiences and friendships. An incredible pathway for your sporting or Artistic careers whilst gaining an fantastic education.

Let us enrich your life through your passion for sport or the Arts.

In addition to the US College recruitment process, Marco is available for public speaking opportunities on the following topics:

  • Student athlete Motivation and career planning
  • Leadership development through Sport
  • Goal Setting for young athletes
  • Athlete Mindset and controlling your pathway

Contact Marco directly on LinkedIn for all public speaking engagements

Matt Wade – Director of Prospect Management

My name is Matt Wade and I am the Director of Prospect Management here at IAM 360.  I have been working with the Organisation since September of 2011.

I am originally from Grapevine, Texas which is located just outside of Dallas, and I am a die-hard Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys fan!  I was a kid that grew up playing a lot of different sports, but my main passions were in soccer, baseball, and golf.  I made the choice at the end of high school to focus solely on taking my soccer to the next level and had opportunities at the college level to do exactly that.

My college career was fantastic!  I played for 3 different programs over a period of 5 years. 

I graduated from Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa with honours, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, or “Wellness” as it is called in some places.  For outstanding and consistent academic performance throughout my time in college I was also awarded with Academic All-American honours.

Graduating from college was one of the highlights in my life to date, and has been one of the major catalysts in my professional success so far.  I was given the opportunity after college to take my soccer career further at a professional level, but a long-term professional career never panned out.  I made the decision to use my education and experience to my advantage, and became the Associate Head Coach of the Iowa Central Community College Men’s Soccer Program.  This is where I was first introduced to IAM 360 as I used to recruit athletes to come and play for my school.

The most impactful thing that has happened in my life has been moving to Australia.  I have had an amazing experience from the day I arrived, and I am proud to say that I am now a Permanent Resident of this great country.  I met my wife Brooke here, and we just recently welcomed our first child into the world, our little man named Hudson Forrest Wade.

I am incredibly proud to hold the position I do with IAM 360, and I am greatly looking forward to continuing my work to help thousands more students and student athletes chase their dreams in the US College System.

Jacob Richards – Operations Manager

My four years in the States was unlike anything I could have imagined. Not once did I think growing up here in Australia, that I would eventually be studying and playing Soccer in the small rural town of Fort Dodge, Iowa.

At the end of year 11 I was given the opportunity to head to the States upon graduation of high school from IAM 360. Thinking back, I’m still not totally sure why I joined the program initially, I just knew I wanted to give myself the option to go to the States after graduating High School. I didn’t decide 100% I wanted to go to the US, I just knew I wanted the option to choose.

In July 2009 I departed Australia and headed off to Fort Dodge, Iowa.

My plan was to stay and study for a year, have an experience, then come home and continue my studies here. After the first week of training, meeting the guys on the team and living alone with people that would eventually become my brothers, there was no way I was coming back until I absolutely had to.

I studied and played Soccer for two years at Iowa Central Community College. An incredible 2-year Junior College that has won multiple national championships in a number of sports and had been ranked the best Junior College in the country for a number of years. Both years we made it to the conference finals only to be beaten by the number 1 ranked soccer program in the country, Iowa Western. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to play in the national tournament, but I had the chance to play against some of the best players in the country.

The most valuable thing I gained from this pathway…

At Iowa Central I roomed with five other guys on the team, 3 from America and 3 from England. These guys, as well as the others on the Soccer team, I now consider family. The awesome thing about College Soccer programs is that it’s more of an international sport, so we had guys from all over the world. The Soccer was awesome, the education was great, travelling the US was insane but the best thing I took away from the whole experience was my friends and the people I met. No matter where I go in the world now I have free accommodation. WINNING!!

After my two years at Iowa Central I transferred with my closest friends to AIB College (American Institute of Business) in Des Moines, the capital city of Iowa. A school that’s athletic program competes in the NAIA, another division of Collegiate athletics. A smaller school with a smaller student body, but it was located downtown, meaning there is always something going on. It was walking distance from the city centre.

We were unlucky yet again as we were knocked out in the conference finals by the number one ranked team in the country in Grandview university. Our cross town rivals. I remember playing in front of a few thousand people in the “Local Derby”. Unlucky in defeat, but it was incredible to play against the best athletes in the country in that division.

I graduated with honours in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in financial services.

University never appealed to me here in Australia. More time in the classroom, less time to play Soccer and probably more time spent working. I spent way less than I would have here, and I had a billion times the experience.

Over the past three years I have been working with IAM 360 helping other student athletes from Australia and New Zealand reach their full academic and athletic potential in the US collegiate system. I am currently the Operations Manager at IAM 360 but my role is pretty diverse. I also host our weekly podcast on US College recruitment, which if you have not had a listen to I encourage you to do so on Youtube.

My USA Highlights

Some highlights of my time in the US include buying an 8 seater van that lasted three years for $1 (true story), Packing 8 of us into a 7 seater rental van and driving 22 hours straight to spend a week in Panama City Florida for Spring Break with no accommodation booked, Halloween was awesome, traveling to Utah and skiing in the mountains, the team bus trips to away games and even home games, and spending every Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving with my American family was without a doubt the best.


At IAM 360 we provide a new pathway for student-athletes to further their potential, academically and athletically at a well-established US college. IAM 360 provides the perfect balance by giving your child the best environment to advance their sport, along with achieving a high level in education, that will help create an invaluable platform for their future. IAM 360 aims to unite a passion for sport and education in one perfect setting.

IAM 360 provides an opportunity at all levels, not just elite, because US colleges are very interested in progressively minded international student-athletes. IAM 360 will match the skills and attitude of the student-athlete to the right US college for them, while taking into consideration things like academic and athletic standing and your family’s budget.


For over 10 years, IAM 360 has been providing over 1500 pathways to thousands of US colleges. We have been able to achieve this through our established connections with sporting associations and US colleges and universities with accredited international student programs. Right now, IAM 360 have over 300 students in US colleges studying and playing sport, creating new networks, and opening up opportunities that would not have been available in Australia. With over 85% of IAM 360 placements completing their degrees, we’re helping kids find themselves as they journey into adulthood.