Our Team

Lindsay Sundberg

Founder

Lindsay Sundberg has worked in various roles in the student services athletic departments of Kansas State University, North Carolina State University, Stony Brook University and most recently at Georgia Institute of Technology. Lindsay has worked with a wide variety of sports including, but not limited to; football, basketball, track and field, volleyball, golf, baseball, wrestling, swimming and diving. 

As an academic advisor for Power 5 student athletes, she knows the rigors and challenges of the college athlete. Academic preparation before college can make all the difference. She has taken her mission of 'unleashing the athletes potential in the academic arena' to high school athletes. Lindsay works directly with athletes, parents and coaches to ensure success at the collegiate level.

Sundberg received a bachelor's degree in Special Education from the University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA) and a master's degree in Academic Advising at Kansas State University (K-State). She was a collegiate basketball player at USCA and was named to the conference all-academic team. She played in the most games in program history, was a team captain and a member of the only PeachBelt Conference Championship team.  

Kathleen Scully

Academic Coach

Kathleen earned her Master’s Degree in Education with a focus in Mathematics from the University of Connecticut and her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Central Connecticut State University.  She is a certified teacher and has taught Mathematics for 10 years.  She was a college basketball player and was recognized for her academic and athletic achievements.

She has over 10 years of coaching experience where she mentored young student athletes many of whom went on to play in college.  She is extremely familiar with the college athlete recruiting process as she is the mother of four collegiate athletes.  She enjoys working with student-athletes to improve their academic profile for future success.

Joseph Baratta

Programs & Workshop Manager 

Joseph Baratta is a dedicated and passionate educator and student-athlete development professional. In 2005 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John’s University with a B.S. in Sport Management and a minor in International Business. IN 2007 Joseph received his M.A. in Education, Teaching Students with Disabilities from Brooklyn College. He recently received his Certificate in Education Leadership from the College of St. Rose in 2015. 

 

Joseph has based his life’s work on the principle of positive youth development through sport. He has spent the last ten years creating programs that develop student-athletes personally, academically, and socially. He recently completed a term on the Leadership Council for Laureus Sport for Good NYC. 

 

Joseph has also worked as an academic tutor since his college days. He has developed a comprehensive SAT prep curriculum and is well-versed in strategies designed to help students succeed. 

Julie McDermott

Client & Partner Manager

Julie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Consumer Studies from the University of Connecticut.   She spent the first two years of her college career at Plymouth State College and played Division 3 Field Hockey and Lacrosse.  Julie has over 20 years of business to business client services, sales, and sales management experience. She is well versed in the recruiting process as all three of her children continued their athletic careers at the college level.

As a former high school and college athlete, looking back at my own athletic career, more importantly, as a parent of 3 college athletes, the AC4AS program would have been an absolutely beneficial tool in aiding the college preparedness and recruiting process and one I wish was available when my children were in high school.


The guidance and support offered by the program would have provided even more opportunities to explore during the college selection process. In my opinion, the AC4SA program is one that I would consider a non-negotiable step for the student athlete to be sure they are on track to attain both their academic and athletic goals at the next level.  
 

AC4SA helps take the guesswork out of a very challenging process and provides peace of mind knowing that the student athlete is NCAA eligible and meeting all the necessary requirements to be able to achieve academic and athletic success in their college career.

Julie McDermott

Client & Partner Manager

Julie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Consumer Studies from the University of Connecticut.   She spent the first two years of her college career at Plymouth State College and played Division 3 Field Hockey and Lacrosse.  Julie has over 20 years of business to business client services, sales, and sales management experience. She is well versed in the recruiting process as all three of her children continued their athletic careers at the college level.

Julie continues to enjoy the "sporting life". She has run the Boston Marathon and multiple half marathons.  Cycled twice in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 100-mile bike ride for cancer research, and participated in many Sprint Triathlons. Her mainstay is Hatha Yoga, which she has practiced for over 18 years.

Ethan O'Day

Success Coach

Ethan discovered his passion for working with youth in 2013 while he was pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Public Communication at the University of Vermont. While he spent the school year pursuing his degree and hoping to get into professional basketball, he spent his summer coaching youth basketball teams. After graduation, he spent a few months working as a substitute teacher.

 

In November of 2016, he was drafted 71st in the 2016 NBA D- League Draft and he spent the better part of the next year and a half playing professional basketball. Throughout this time, he continued to work with schools and youth teams conducting basketball clinics as a skills coach.

 

After his time as a professional basketball player, Ethan returned to working with youth, first as a coach, and then as an Assistant Director for an after school program and a behavioral specialist. He has discovered that he has a knack and a passion for working with youth that he just can’t deny.

 

His current role as an Academic Coaching Advisor and Dream Bigger Program Manager allows Ethan to utilize his skills as a communicator as he reaches out to schools and organizations to offer them academic coaching and basketball clinics. He is also fulfilling his passion to help youth develop themselves into stronger leaders through the sport he loves - basketball.

Jack Sundberg

Success Coach

Jack attended Avon Old Farms School where he became the Captain of the Football, Baseball, and Basketball Teams. He went on to receive numerous awards including the prestigious Jennings and Murray Cups. 

After graduation, Jack went on to the University of Connecticut to continue his studies and his athletic career. Jack graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in Civil Rights.  He was Co-Captain of the American Athletic Championship Team in 2016 and won several more awards for his hard work and achievements while he attended UConn. 

In 2016, Jack was drafted in the Major League Baseball draft by the Washington Nationals. He continues to play with the 2019 World Champion Organization as a professional baseball player. He was the recipient of the Heart and Hustle award in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.  

He wants to spend his time encouraging young people to Dream Big while providing them with the support and inspiration they need to achieve those dreams. He has used his experience to create clinics and workshops for young athletes that challenge them on a mental and physical level while also helping to create teams that work together more effectively and efficiently.

Margaret Sundberg

Success Coach

Margaret currently works as a quantitative trader and portfolio manager at Volaris Capital Management.  Prior to joining Volaris, she received her Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Connecticut where she studied molecular dynamics using ultrafast optical laser pulses.

 

Margaret also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Eckerd College where she competed as an NCAA student-athlete and served as the basketball team captain. She received the Harry W. Ellis Award for Outstanding Achievement in Physics. Margaret transferred to Eckerd College from the University of British Colombia (Vancouver, Canada) where she was also a member of the Varsity basketball team.

 

Prior to leaving for university in Canada, Margaret attended Choate Rosemary Hall as a post-graduate student where she was captain of the basketball team and received the Caroline Ruutz-Rees Award for the greatest contribution to athletics in the sixth form. Margaret grew up in Connecticut and played high school basketball at E.O. Smith High School where she was All-State player and a McDonald’s All-American Nominee.