The NSR Australia Story

NSR Australia was founded in 2006 by an ex-professional soccer/football player, Marco Maisano, with a vision provide all athletes with the opportunity to reach their ultimate potential on and off the field.

We scout evaluate and promote players to more than 2,500 colleges throughout the USA at every level and we search for prospects who want to play in NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA and community colleges as well as DI.

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Meet the Team

  • Marco Maisano Founder and Managing Director of NSR Australia

    Marco Maisano

    Founder and Managing Director

    Marco founded NSR Australia in 2006, as an ex-professional soccer/football player he had a vision, to provide all athletes with the opportunity to reach their ultimate potential on and off the field.

    Marco believes that all student athletes should have the chance to experience playing their chosen sport in a fun, safe and competitive environment, whilst enjoying the overseas experience.

    As a company, through the direction of Marco, NSR Australia has become one of the largest college sports recruitment companies in the world.

  • Matt Wade — Senior Prospect Manager at NSR Australia

    Matt Wade


    I am originally from Dallas, Texas in the United States and have been a major part of the NSR Australia team since 2011. I am the Prospect Manager and oversee the entire process from initial athlete selection to recruitment and promotion to a US institution.

    I am a former collegiate coach from the USA, and for a number of years recruited NSR Athletes to come and play at my school in the Central United States. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the USA, and am a qualified and licensed coach through the United States Soccer Federation, as well as UEFA.

    Before my coaching career and joining the NSR Team in 2011, I was a highly decorated player in the US collegiate system. Having started my collegiate playing career in Texas, and finishing in the state of Iowa where I was an All-Conference Player and an Academic All-American. I have also played at a professional standard for a number of years with Des Moines Menace PDL.

  • Keri Clarke


    I am from a small town called St. Augustine and moved to Tampa, Florida to pursue my educational goals. I graduated with magna cum laude honours from The University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in International Business.

    My studies led me to embark on six international study abroad, which afforded me a global perspective and eventually led me here to Australia. These international experiences taught me that anything is possible and the world is your oyster. The only barriers are those that you impose on yourself.

    My aim is to provide this life changing opportunity and global perspective to as many young people as possible. Because I have been “there” and know what a difference this experience can make in a young person’s life, I am extremely passionate about my career and grateful for the opportunity to impact the lives of our next generation.

  • Jacob Richards


    I am originally from Newcastle in NSW. I moved to Townsville in North Queensland at the age of 13 where I was later scouted by NSR Australia. I was given the opportunity by NSR to play football and study abroad for four years in the United States. I wanted to do something completely different so I figured this was my chance. I grew up on the coast in a hot climate and decided this was my chance to experience something new. I moved to Iowa, in the Midwest of America where the weather is the complete opposite.

    I attended Iowa Central Community College for my first two years where I obtained an Associate’s Degree whilst playing collegiate soccer at a high level. I then transferred to the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, Iowa. I continued to play collegiate soccer with and against some quality players from all over the world. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Financial Services.

    I met people from every part of the world, made lifelong friends, travelled the United States, played soccer at a high level and completed a bachelor’s degree. There is nothing else in the world like it. I am now going to be working with the greatest company in the world helping other kids realise their full potential through this program!

  • Jillian Levi


    Born and raised in the Avocado Capital of the World, near San Diego, I spent my childhood playing nearly every sport available. During high school I stayed active on the gymnastics team, becoming captain of the team in my final year. Not wanting to stray far from California, I found myself attending UCLA for university. I was always psyched to attend the football and basketball games and cheer for my bruins!

    Studying abroad in Ireland and Scotland began my travel bug, and after I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree I lived for a time in Canada and Greece, and my travels eventually brought me to Australia. I’m a recent addition to the NSR team but could not be more excited to be with such a wonderful company or to have a role where I am able to help students fulfill travel dreams, gain amazing experiences, meet lifelong friends, and begin their studies and careers!

  • Harrison Burgess


    I am originally from Perth, Western Australia. I have been playing and been involved in football for about 18 years now. In 2009 I was scouted by NSR Australia and was given the opportunity to play football in the states, while also earning a degree. In 2010 I attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

    While there I played football for 2 seasons while also earning my Associates degree, in business management. After my two years at Iowa Central I transferred to Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I continued to play football at Mount Mercy and was awarded First Team All-Conference in my junior year.

    I graduated with a Bachelors in Business administration in May 2014. I am really excited to be working here at NSR, to be given the chance to give young athletes the opportunity to study overseas and play the sport they love is something I am really looking forward to!

  • Nick Poulter


    Born and raised in London England, I started playing soccer as soon as my legs were strong enough to kick a ball. I spent my childhood playing soccer whenever I got the chance, playing for clubs all around the London area. I committed to Iowa Central Community College in 2010 and represented the school for two years while earning my AA Degree in General Studies. I then transferred to AIB College of Business to complete my BA Degree in Business while obtaining a minor in finance, also representing the school in soccer.

    If I could start this journey all over again I would. I played and studied with people from all around the world from all walks of life, and got to experience an opportunity that is second to none.

    The fact that I can now work for NSR Australia and tell these young men and women about my experience, and give them the chance I had 5 years ago, through NSR means a lot to me. I’m excited to be in the position I am today, which is all thanks to starting my adventure in the USA.

  • Christina Mavros


    I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana and after high school I was offered a full scholarship to the University of South Alabama. I relocated there not knowing a single person but determined to start anew. Not only did I come away with a degree, but I gained insight into what it was like to live on my own and a view of how the world works.

    After college, I dabbled in a little bit of everything. Immediately, I took a BDM role with start-up solar company. That experience helped me land a sales/account manager position for a radio agency. Three years later, I decided to drop everything and move to Cambodia. There, I taught English to some amazing second graders and travelled the world. It was there that I discovered my true passion was helping people and making a difference in my kids’ lives. This inspired me to move to Sydney for an opportunity to pursue the career I put on hold.

    My goal is to make a difference in young peoples’ lives, big or small. I want to share my experiences and encourage kids to think for themselves. It’s essential for them to realize that they can make their own decisions based on their desires- not on what society deems normal. I am very fortunate to say that I have landed my dream job with NSR Australia. Each day I get to wake up and have an opportunity to change someone’s life for the better. I cannot imagine loving my job any more than that!

  • Ashleigh Murray


    Originally born in Newcastle, NSW, I now consider myself more of a Melbournian since making the move with my family 20 years ago. As far back as I can remember, my passion for sports has been a huge impact on my life, whether participating or even channel hopping sporting events on the television. At a young age, I first tried tee ball, followed by soccer, softball, and then tennis. After playing tennis for many years, I applied to become a ball person for the Australian Open; I was successful and took part in the 2000 – 2002 Australian Open. I was even fortunate enough to be a part of two Women Grand slam titles.

    After graduating high school, my interests turned to travel. My first stop was Wisconsin, America, where I took part working at a Summer Camp as a lifeguard for 6 months. Whilst living abroad, it opened my eyes to the world and the places that are out there to explore! After hard work and saving, I managed to venture across America, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and South America. I have recently joined the team at NSR Australia and I am really excited and looking forward to the opportunities ahead – not only for myself – but also for the athletes that have been offered this program.

  • Katalin Soni


    I grew up in the Boston area and attended university at UMass Amherst, where I studied Communication and Education. Playing team sports and engaging in dance classes for the majority of my life, I find that being active is one of the best ways to maintain a happy and healthy state of mind. In high school, I competed on a national level in track & field and was captain of my school’s varsity soccer program.

    At UMass, I chose to focus on academics and the college lifestyle and exercised my playful competitive spirit on a co-ed intramural soccer team. I am excited to be a part of the NSR team and I look forward to helping student-athletes find placements where they will flourish and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

  • Georgie Kloprogge


    I’m Georgie Kloprogge, marketing assistant here at NSR. Raised by an active family, I enjoyed a sport orientated childhood. I have taken part in a vast variety of sports; from swimming, to playing midfielder in the high school soccer team and kayaking in my leisure. I thrive in the face of challenge and am always looking for a way to extend myself both mentally and physically. This is reflected through my participation in the 12 week challenge!

    My role entails the maintenance of our social media platform through the collation and interpretation of data. Through the collection if this data, I will have the ability to form creative marketing strategies and thus, developing sustainable growth for the NSR brand. I look forward to growing with the brand and establishing it as one of the world’s leading scouting companies

  • Kahli Rose


    Born and Raised in the sunny state of Queensland, I have spent most of my years playing any type of sport in the hot sun. After playing softball and soccer for 15 years, NSR provided me with an opportunity to take my skills and sporting attitude overseas to America where I played soccer at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington.

    I have now been awarded the amazing opportunity to assist other athletes in achieving the same dream that I was given; and what a fantastic opportunity it is! I believe I found myself and who I wanted to be after taking the opportunity that NSR gave me. However, I am excited to be able to give our athletes their best opportunity to succeed in whatever it is they wish to do, both academically and on the sporting field.

    Having the understanding of the mindset of our athletes, I know what it is like to do what they are doing as I have been in their shoes.

    Being the Event Manager, I am blessed to be able to be a part of a great company with values, morals and beliefs that our athletes deserve their best, and we are here to help create those opportunities.

  • Mike Jones


    Born in England, I moved to Australia in 2000 after living in Cardiff for 8 years. I have played soccer since I was a young boy and am currently playing for RMIT Soccer Club. I passionately support the Cardiff City Football Club and the Welsh National Football Team.

    I completed my high school education at Haileybury College, and then attended Swinburne University before transferring to RMIT University to study Screen and Media. I am now actively pursuing a career in editing and digital media whilst working as a editor for NSR Australia.

  • Stephen Hoare

    Stephen Hoare


    Originally from the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, I began playing basketball from the age of eight. I Started my NBL career with the North Melbourne Giants in 1996 and spent two years with the them before moving to Sydney and playing with the West Sydney Razorbacks for two years.

    Moving back to Melbourne in the year 2000 and I began a nine year stint with the Melbourne Tigers, where I was a member of the 2005/06 and 2007/08 NBL championship teams and won the NBL Sixth Man of the year in 2005/06 and 2006/07. I also played in the 2004 All Star game in Townsville.

    After leaving the Tigers I spent one season with the Townsville Crocs and my final two seasons with the Gold Coast Blaze and retired in March of 2012. I am a basketball junkie who would love to spend the rest of my life involved in the game and am looking forward to working with NSR and their basketball trials and assessments.

  • Kyah Simon

    Kyah Simon


    Born and raised in Western Sydney, I began playing football at Quakers Hill under-8s. From there, I went on to represent NSW for several years before earning my first cap for the Westfield Matildas (the Australian Women’s National Football Team) in 2007.

    I have since represented Australia 41 times at international tournaments including the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in China, where I converted the winning penalty for Australia to claim our first international title, the 2010 Peace Queen Cup in South Korea and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, proudly becoming the first indigenous player to score at a World Cup.

    In club football I have played for the Central Coast Mariners, Sydney FC and currently the Western Sydney Wanderers in the Westfield W-League. In the Westfield W-League I have been part of two championships with Sydney FC in 2009 and in 2013 as captain, and have been awarded the 2010/11 Westfield W-League Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Golden Boot. In international club football I have spent the last two seasons with the Boston Breakers in the WPSL Elite (2012) and the National Women’s Soccer League (2013).

  • Jamie Dwyer

    Jamie Dwyer


    Jamie Dwyer is one of the greatest hockey players of all time. He has players over 300 games and scored more than 200 goals for Australia which makes him leading goalscorer for the Kookaburras. Jamie scored the winning goal in extra time during the final of the 2004 Olympic games in Athens to earn the Kookaburras their first ever Olympic Gold medal.

    His performance that year also won him the “best hockey player of the year” award by the FIH (Federation of International Hockey). He won the prestigious prize again in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 cementing his status as Australia’s best ever hockey product.

    Dwyer medal tally is quite impressive with the most important ones an Olympic Gold Medal (2004), two World Cup gold medals (2010 & 2014) and 3 Commonwealth Games Gold Medals.

    Jamie is coming towards the end of his international career now and is super excited to become part of NSR. He already does coaching in the USA with his JDH academy.

  • Jayne Strand

    Jayne Strand


    Growing up in small town Iowa, I was what you would consider a sports junkie. Soccer, basketball, cross country… you name it, I was playing it. My love for basketball took over as I got older, which is what I pursued in college. I was a late bloomer physically, so it was the best option for me to go the junior college route and develop my skills to chase my dream of playing for a D1 program.

    After winning two national championships at the junior college level, I received my dream of getting a full ride D1 basketball scholarship. It was more work than I could have imagined competing at that level, but worth every minute of it. It is true when they say a scholarship is not given, its earned. I eventually got the opportunity to play professionally, which is what brought me here to Australia.

    Looking back on my college experience, even more than the sport itself, I loved all the experiences it brought to my life. The life-long friends I made, road trips and travels around the country, late night laughs with friends, going to cheer on the other athletic teams, and pushing harder at practice than I ever thought I could because I had amazing teammates by my side doing the same thing. All while completing a Bachelor’s degree in the degree of my choice. It was an experience that taught me to live my life surrounded by amazing people and to live a life that is truly rich in experiences. Dreams can be achieved and I am a living testimony of that.

    Coinciding with my love for sports is my love for adventure. After university I made the choice to jump into the working world. I took a chance and moved to the land of opportunity…sunny Los Angeles, California. I had tons of fun exploring the big city, even landed a spot on the tv show, WipeOut! After three years of exploring and working, I couldn’t get my first love, basketball, off my mind. I knew deep down that’s what I was meant to be doing but the odds were against me to play professionally having taken a break for so long. But that was the desire of my heart and I wouldn’t take no for an answer. After years of hard work and resilience, I finally received an amazing professional opportunity here in Australia that I wouldn’t take back for the world.

    My story is an example that dreams can be achieved, but it’s not about me. I have a heart for people and empowering them to chase their vision and dreams. To be your best self, and to truly live life to the full. Athletic endeavours have taken me around the world and I feel blessed beyond measure to be able to help other young athletes be able to do the same thing. Whether you are chasing a D1 dream, or just looking to be a part of a team while completing you’re education in another country, it is a choice you won’t regret. Nothing worth having comes easy. This world has so many opportunities, they are truly yours for the taking. If there is anything I can say to young people, it is to WORK HARD, chase your dreams, surround yourself with great people, and live a life you love. The rest will fall in to place 😉

Our Philosophy

NSR does not wait for coaches to find our client/prospects. We aggressively promote our kids to the coaches with a wide array of promotional efforts.

We scout evaluate and promote players to more than 2,500 colleges throughout the USA. We work with colleges in every division in every state to ensure there is a level for all types of student athlete.

Our philosophy has always been simple and consistent.

  • Having qualified, trained individuals to personally scout potential prospects.
  • Our scouts’ primary role is to attend and scout games, practices, tournaments, camps and showcases while working closely with high school, club, and college coaches in their designated areas.
  • Evaluating and qualifying every prospect, athletically and academically, and through that evaluative process determining if they deserve to be in our program.
  • Setting our qualification standards high so that college coaches can be assured that we only represent and promote legitimate college prospects.
  • Providing the best and most technologically advanced promotional services possible for our enrolled athletes and the most efficient and honest information to college coaches.
  • Continually promoting our client-prospects to every college in the country which offers their sport.

This philosophy enables us to identify, appraise and give all prospects the best opportunity to further their athletic participation at the college level.