The NSR Australia Story

NSR Australia was founded in 2006 by an ex-professional soccer/football player, Marco Maisano, with a vision to 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 the 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Breanna Briede

    Born in Melbourne Australia, I grew up in the leafy suburbs of the bayside area. My childhood was spent exploring every sport possible spanning from calisthenics, to swimming, to basketball. Once I started high school, my eyes were opened to a new sport – rowing. My passion for the sport eventually grew into the greatest experience of my life. In 2008 I received a full athletic scholarship to Duke University. All my life I knew that I wanted to study abroad so this was my chance to not only study abroad, but to also continue my rowing in a competitive environment. As soon as I arrived on campus, I knew this was going to be the best four years of my life.

    I graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon returning to Melbourne, instead of heading back to school for more study, I wanted to sink my teeth into some real work. I soon found myself in the position of Head of Girls Rowing at Haileybury. The following season, I also took on the position of Coach of the Girls 1st VIII.

    I’ve only just started at NSR but I cannot wait to begin inspiring, guiding and shaping the lives of prospective student athletes. Words cannot express how much my college experience meant to me, so it fills my heart with joy to know that this company exists to help others live the dream as well!

  • Melanie Janiga

    I was born and raised near Buffalo, New York. I grew up participating in as many sports as possible, but gymnastics was my first true passion. I am a multiple New York State Gymnastic Champion, and later on became a successful coach, coaching gymnasts to the state, regional, and national levels.

    In 2010 I received my BS in Sport Management from SUNY Fredonia. In 2011 I received my MS in Sport Administration from Canisius College. I was an intern at the University at Buffalo in the athletic compliance office, where I gained valuable knowledge regarding the collegiate system.

    My goal is to be able to provide young student-athletes the opportunity to earn an education while playing their sport and gaining valuable experience. I’m very excited to be a part of NSR Australia to not only fulfill my dream of working in the sport industry, but to provide others the opportunity to begin the path of fulfilling their own individual dreams.

  • Brittini McKee

    Born and raised in Vancouver, I played many sports growing up, but found my niche in volleyball and tennis.  My desire to explore new parts of the world and experience the American collegiate system led me to Arizona where I embarked on a four year journey at Arizona State University.
    Upon graduating, I spent the next two years working for a Brand Consultancy back home in Vancouver.  The travel bug bit…and fast forwarding through my travel adventures in Europe, Asia and South America an opportunity came to live in Australia, which I jumped at.
    I am very excited to be part of the NSR team as I have learned so much from travel, education and sport.   I am thrilled to work with students who have the opportunity to attend an American college. It was a game changer for me, and I feel fortunate to share the experience with others.

  • Jessica Koren

    I was born and raised in Melbourne. I grew up in a very sporting family, and have been passionately involved in sports from a very early age. I have been playing my two main sports, basketball and tennis, since I was six years old.

    After completing year 12, I moved to the home of smiling faces, beautiful places South Carolina where I attended the University of South Carolina Upstate, fulfilling a lifelong dream and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. For the Fall and Spring semesters in my first two years I earned the honour of being on the USC Upstate Dean’s List for academic achievement.

    I loved America so much, that during my third year of university I applied for US residency; which allowed me to live and work there after graduation. Chasing the summers, I took a job at Camp Winaukee, an all-boys sports summer camp in New Hampshire every other year. After a few years I decided to come home to Melbourne and pursue a professional career.

    Being a part of the NSR Team is incredibly exciting as it gives me the opportunity to talk to young student-athletes about the life-changing opportunity to study in the US, while playing the sport they love and making life-long friends from around the globe, as I’ve been so fortunate to experience.

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.