The Team

THE TEAM.

Meet the people that make meaningful differences in people’s lives every day.

DJ Leaverton

CEO

High School: Overland HS (Aurora, Colo.)

Colleges Attended: University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University

Degree Earned: BS in Psychology

Professional Experience: Former COO/Founder of Honor Hospice.


DJ resides in Parker, Colo. with his wife Victoria and their children, Payton, Alyssa and David Jr.

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Rex Grayner

President

Rex Grayner, Student-Athlete ShowcaseHigh School: Linfield Christian HS (Temecula, CA)

College: Loyola Marymount University (1987-89); UC San Diego (1989-92)

Graduate School: Central Michigan University (1992-94), Masters Degree is Sports Management

Before SAS: NCAA Compliance @ University of San Diego; VP West Coast Operations, College Bound Student Athletes; Managing Director, College Foundation Planners.


Rex was a 3-sport athlete in high school and a 4-year college baseball player. Since 1995, Rex has been helping college-bound athletes navigate the college recruitment experience. As a published author, public speaker and radio/television guest, Rex is widely considered among the nation’s premier authorities on college athletic recruiting.

Before founding Student-Athlete Showcase LLC in 2003, Rex served as a NCAA Division I Compliance Representative and VP of West Coast Operations for a large college recruiting firm. In 2008, Rex was honored with the prestigious “Forty Under 40” award by the Denver Business Journal.

Rex is an active member of the National College Advocacy Group (NCAG) and an avid golfer. He resides in Parker, Colo. with his wife Kristin and their children, Reed & Olivia.

Your college choice is not a 4 year decision. It’s a 40 year decision. Having a game plan – with the support to execute that plan – makes all the difference.  ~ Rex Grayner

Zack Walz

Vice President

Zack Walz, Student-Athlete ShowcaseHigh School: St. Francis HS (Mountain View, CA)

College: Dartmouth College (1998)

Degree: BA History

Before SAS: NFL Arizona Cardinals linebacker (1998-2002)

 


Zack was a standout linebacker at St. Francis HS in Los Altos, CA. When college coaches all but overlooked him, Zack’s dad launched an aggressive recruiting campaign. In the end, Dartmouth College came calling.

As a 4-year starter for The Big Green, Zack earned All-Ivy League honors three times and was named All-America as a senior. The Arizona Cardinals drafted Zack in the 6th round, and he enjoyed a 5-year NFL career before retiring in 2002.

Zack’s story of “overlooked HS prospect to NFL linebacker” gained national attention, and it compelled him to start a company to help prospective athletes avoid common recruiting pitfalls. It was here that he connected with Rex, and the rest, is history.

One of Zack’s closest friends was Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinal who was tragically killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Zack resides in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife Eva and their children, Channing and Everly.

Hailey Markovich

Client Enrollment & Social Media

High School: Granbury HS (Granbury, TX)

College: Texas Christian University (TCU)

Degrees Earned: BS in Speech-Language Pathology

Before SAS: TCU Football Recruiting Ambassador, Dallas Cowboys Marketing and Promotions Team

 


Hailey grew up in Granbury, Texas where she played soccer, basketball, and ran track. She then attended Texas Christian University where she worked with the TCU Football recruiting staff throughout all four years of college directly under Head Coach Gary Patterson.

Upon graduating from TCU, Hailey became a member of the Dallas Cowboys Marketing and Promotions team where she worked for one season before moving to Denver, Colorado to pursue her passion for football and athletic recruiting.

I joined SAS because I have a passion for sports. I loved every day that I was able to work from the collegiate side of football recruiting and felt that it was time to work from the high school side to help young athletes turn their dreams into a reality.

Jennifer Esposito

College Recruiting Advisor

High School: Mansfield (Mass.) HS

College: Elon University, Wake Forest University

Degrees Earned: BA Marketing

Before SAS: Sales Associate at Wayfair

 


Jen Esposito grew up in Mansfield, Mass.  At Mansfield High School, she earned 12 varsity letters playing soccer and running track.  Track is where she had the most success winning 5 state titles, 2 New England titles, and still holds the New England record in the 300m hurdles.

After high school she accepted a full scholarship to run track at Elon University. While at Elon, Jen won 3 conference championships in the 400m hurdles and made 3 NCAA regional appearances.  Jen graduated from Elon in 2016 with a degree in marketing and an extra year of eligibility, so she enrolled at Wake Forest University to run track and complete her masters degree.

Jen moved to Denver to join the SAS team where she is able to use her passion for sports and love of helping young athletes realize their dreams of playing at the collegiate level.

Running track in college has provided me with so many life changing experiences, opportunities, and lifelong friendships. I joined SAS to help high school athletes fulfill their dreams like I was able to.

Erin Radigan

Marketing / Event Coordinator

High School: Westerville Central (Westerville, OH)

College: Stanford University

Degrees Earned: BA Human Biology, Masters in Education

Before SAS: Teacher, 3rd and 4th grades, Denver Public Schools

 


Erin Radigan grew up in Columbus, Ohio.  She first joined her area’s club rowing team during the winter of her freshman year of high school.  As she began to realize success at the high school level, she set her sights on rowing in college.  Erin was recruited by DI schools across the country, and enthusiastically accepted an offer to row for Stanford University.  While at Stanford, Erin was a part of the 2009 National Championship winning team.  She also won the NCAA gold medal in the 2v8+ race in 2011.  She was named a team captain during her senior year.

At Stanford, Erin earned a BA in Human Biology and an MA in Education.  She went on to teach in Denver for a number of years before she felt the call to get back into the world of athletics.  She is thrilled to be part of the Student-Athlete Showcase team, and loves being of service to the next generation of college athletes.

Competing in collegiate athletics was one of the most formative experiences of my life.  I joined SAS to make sure that every qualified athlete gets the chance to have that experience.

Chris Harkins

College Recruiting Advisor

Chris Harkins, Student-Athlete Showcase

High School: St. Mary’s (Stockton, CA)

College: University of California, Santa Barbara

Degrees Earned: BA Liberal Studies

Before SAS: 25+ years in B2B technology/software sales & management

 


Chris Harkins is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara. While at UCSB he was a lacrosse goaltender, 2X team captain, won 2 WCLL championships and was inducted into the UCSB Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2008. He has been active as a youth lacrosse coach for the Cherry Creek and Parker Hawks youth programs, and Ponderosa HS lacrosse.

His business experience comes from 25+ years in B2B technology/software sales & management, primarily in the educational technology space. Bringing a client-focused approach in serving SAS customers allows him to work as an advocate for student-athletes and their families during their search for the right college opportunities.

Chris currently serves on the Board of Advisors with the Colorado National Kidney Foundation. This platform provides Chris the opportunity to work in the community through charitable giving and is a passionate part of his life.

A native of New York and now a resident of Parker, his family takes advantage of all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer and shares in those adventures with his wife, Jackie and his 2 sons, who both attend University of Colorado.

Anthony Scalise

Video & Profile Technician

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