THE TEAM

Throughout our sporting lives, we set many goals and dream of a higher level of achievement. We learn from role models and professional athletes in our chosen sport and endeavour to create the same level of success for ourselves.

 

Having a goal is great and coupling this with commitment and drive is a key component of success. However, understanding the bigger picture and unique nature of each of our sporting journeys is what takes you from placement to success in the professional realm.

 

Based on the individual experiences of its founders in the U.S college system, Striv3 has been created to provide a platform of support and individual growth in your sporting endeavours.

Stuart McEwen

Director & Co-Founder

Stuart grew up in New Zealand but attended high school in Australia and was a member of the New South Wales Institute of Sport before going over to the US to play at St Thomas More Prep school in Connecticut under Naismith Hall of Fame nominee Jere Quinn (former players include current NBA Star Andre Drummond). He then went on to play for Division I Old Dominion University before transferring to Division II Stonehill College for his remaining 3 years where his team made the NCAA Elite 8 in 2016. Stuart believes if it hadn’t been for the honest support and first class coaching he received, he would not have been able to achieve his dream of playing in college.

 

Stuart strives to replicate the support he received. He now shares his extensive knowledge of the US College system with young athletes trying to formulate their own unique pathway through Sport. 

Thomas Spragg

Director & Co-Founder

Football (soccer) has been a big part of Tom’s life. Through football, Tom was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study and play at the University of Washington on an athletic scholarship. Highlights during his time there would have to be winning the PAC-12 Conference in 2013 and claiming the number 1 RPI ranking in the nation for a period of time in 2013 & 2014. After graduating, Tom came back to New Zealand to work for NZ Football as the assistant manager for the All Whites. In 2016 the All Whites qualified for the 2017 Confederations Cup held in Russia by winning the OFC Nations Cup. Another focus Tom has found interest in is coaching.

 

Tom is passionate about helping young football players in the recruiting process for US colleges and assisting them to find the best school that fits them as an individual. Tom had the best 4-year experience possible playing at the collegiate level and it’s something that he wants other kiwi football players to experience as well.

Kainee Aguilar

Director of Academics

Kainee Aguilar holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) degree in Comparative Ethnic Studies from Columbia University. An SAT tutor since 2013, she has worked with over 35 students in New York, New Jersey and Auckland. Kainee is an expert in individualising the SAT preparation process, and has assisted students at all academic levels as they reach for top SAT scores. She believes that every student is capable of earning a score that will open up great possibilities for his or her future as a university student and athlete. Kainee brings a positive attitude and a regimented approach to the tutoring process, along with a passion for motivating struggling learners. 

 

In her spare time, Kainee enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, reading and traveling around New Zealand. She hopes to one day practice as a Youth Forensic Psychologist.