About Us

Student-Athlete Placement Services Australia was founded to assist potential high performance student-athletes and their families understand the complex pathway to playing college sport in the United States and to provide services to support that process.  

We are a Tasmanian-based business offering personalised services Australia-wide for student-athletes participating in sports where progression through the United States school system will assist in elevating performance and knowledge of the game.  These sports are typically basketball, baseball, softball, American football and soccer but we can also assist student-athletes who participate in any of the two dozen sports offered by the NCAA.  

Whether you are planning on undertaking the process yourself and just want initial guidance or you want us to take control of ensuring NCAA eligibility as well as to initiate contact with colleges or high schools for you, we have services to suit.  We know the ins and outs of the NCAA eligibility requirements, we have access to the full recruiting schedules for all sports and we have the network in the United States to bring your dream one step closer to reality.


Pat Merrick has been involved in American sports for over thirty years and has decades of experience in coaching, playing, administration and officiating - both in Australia and in the United States.  He is a qualified basketball coach, holds certification from USA Football and has completed the National Federation of State High School Associations' NCAA eligibility training.

Pat has developed an extensive network of professional contacts throughout the United States that he will leverage to ensure that we do our very best to place you at a high school or college that best suits your skill set.  

Along with his sporting certifications, Pat also holds University qualifications in International Human Resource Management so from your first meeting right through to the transition into your United States environment, you can be certain that you have an experienced guide on this journey with you.