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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(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.

 

Katie Deyzel – Business Manager

My Name is Katie Deyzel and I am the business manager for South Africa.

I am originally from Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa and attended Kloof High school. I moved to Gauteng in 2007 and I currently live in Johannesburg with my husband Derick; his 2 older Sons and our 2 children.

I did reasonably well in school academically and excelled on the sporting
field. I was lucky enough to pursue my preferred sport Nationally and
represented South Africa in 2001. Sadly the sport I was involved with was
not something I could continue with after Matric, as at the time it was only
at school level in South Africa. So when I first heard about IAM360 I was
instantly intrigued at the opportunity that students could further their
sport competitively whilst gaining an international degree in the United
States.

Our family were introduced to IAM360 in 2018, through my brother-in law who lives in Australia. My step son was in his grade 11 year at King Edward VII School and we were starting to look into all the tertiary opportunities
available to him! As an avid rugby player, he wanted to continue his passion for rugby competitively and at the same time study a degree of his choice.

My Husband reached out to his brother in Australia to find out if IAM360
would be able to assist his son here in South Africa. We were then
introduced to Marco and the team. Through the application process we were most fortunate to have been accepted onto the program. This then sparked interest from our schooling community and this quickly lead to a second student starting his journey with IAM360. The pathway with IAM360 was then officially made available to South African families from February 2019. With that Marco needed someone to run his South African offices and I am so privileged and grateful to have been afforded this incredible opportunity!

Having gone through this process first as a parent, I know first-hand the
incredible pathway IAM360 offer their students and I could not be happier to now be apart of this incredible company and family. To date we now have hundreds of South African students pursuing their dreams in the United States and I am so proud to have been part of this journey from the
beginning. I look forward to following all our students’ journeys and seeing
where this pathway takes them!

 

Natasha Jacobs – Student Support Manager

My name is Natasha Jacobs and I am the Student Support Manager for IAM360. A proudly South African sports fan, I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a child, I always participated and excelled in many different sports activities at school. I completed my Matric year in 2001, having achieved various sports awards for participation and selection for First Team in Netball, Volleyball, Touch Rugby and Athletics. My most commendable sports award being ‘First Team Netball Player of the Year 2001’.

With a natural flair for art, I followed my passion for creativity and studied Fashion Design. Thereafter, I followed a career path in the magazine industry and worked for FHM magazine as a Fashion Editor for 9 years.
However, as a sports-loving person and someone that has always been enthusiastic about sport and fitness, I decided to change course, and took on the role as assistant Athletics coach at Marist Brothers School. It was here that I had the opportunity to work with the Foundation phase students, helping them to learn and improve on their athletics skills.

Having the privilege of working with young people in a sports environment, it goes without saying, that I was overjoyed when offered the opportunity to join IAM360. My role is to assist prospective international students and facilitate their recruitment to and engagement with, different universities and international sports programs.

I believe that young people should put more emphasis on health and fitness. Integrating sport into their everyday lives and staying active, will bring about more dynamic lifestyles and healthier habits for our youth.
Working as a member of the team at IAM360 has given me great pleasure in helping students pursue a journey that may at first seem impossible. With the tools that IAM360 offers, I endeavor to create opportunities for talented students and athletes, helping them to reach their dreams and at the same time, acquire an honourable education.

 

Chanel Du Toit – Student Support Officer

My name is Chanel Du Toit and I have just recently joined the IAM360 team.
I am a proudly born and bred South African – South Africa is such a diverse country with all 11 official languages, we are truly a rainbow nation.

I was born in Johannesburg 21 years ago and come from a very humble family life. With 2 beautiful Yorkies I might add. They are without a doubt the life and soul of our household. I have a wonderful boyfriend called Adamastor, but my older sister, (who I love dearly) calls him ‘Mashie” – Everyone needs a nickname right? I’m a very creative person by nature and love to draw. Always love sharpening my pencil and thanks to Grandpa Phil, I got my talent from him.

Primary school was a fun time of my life – innocence at its best – High School was not my favourite place but pushed through none the less, as Mom always said” You need your matric”. So, having completed my final year I took a long-deserved break and soaked up the South African sun and Her beauty whilst deciding what to do with my future.

I started finding my feet in the workplace and landed my first job at a recording studio which was pretty awesome. There I met some wonderful and creative people. Very ‘out there” and found them to be a breath of fresh air! I then got an opportunity to work in the corporate life where I got to learn all the tricks in the book on how to run a business and all the finances that come with it.

I was approached to work for IAM360. This has proved to be such a great opportunity for me. What a rewarding feeling it has been for me knowing I am part of such a great team helping and enabling children to further their dreams, and I know one day I will be fulfilling mine by ticking off all the wonders of the world off my bucket list. I’m loving this new journey of mine and as one of the Proudly South African citizens, I hope to help inspire students to reach their Pot of Gold at the end of their rainbow. I firmly believe that to travel is to learn and to learn is to live.

OUR PURPOSE

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.


SKILLS

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.