We are CaptainU

More than 2 million high school athletes, college coaches, club coaches, and tournament directors use our tools to find each other, build relationships, and build championship teams.

Our Mission

We believe in you. We believe you’re the captain of your own ship. And we’re honored to build the tools you need to help you achieve your dreams.

Our work has a big impact on the lives of young women and men, and we work to improve every day, with every customer. If you ever need help, want to give us a shout out, or feel like we’re falling short, please email us: help@captainu.com.

Our Philosophy

Our view has always been that college coaches want to hear from athletes directly and vice versa. We’re not agents, we don’t take an active role in recruiting, and we don’t advocate on behalf of any individual athlete or college team. Our focus is on providing tools that makes it easier for people to find each other, connect, communicate, and stay organized.

CaptainU was founded in 2008 by Avi Stopper & Michael Farb. Their vision was to create an easier way for high school athletes and college coaches to connect with each other and build meaningful recruiting relationships.

Avi and Mike met at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Avi had played at Wesleyan, coached the University of Chicago men’s soccer team, and wrote the recruiting guidebook Make the Team.

Mike was an athlete in high school and a software developer with a degree in computer science from Penn and a history of working on complex systems for Accenture.

Fueled by sandwiches from the Medici on 57th, (honestly, is there a better sandwich in America???) and their respective interests and areas of expertise, CaptainU was born. It started with a bang. In the spring of 2008, CaptainU won the New Venture Challenge, the awesome startup competition at Chicago Booth. Over the years, we’ve been supported by some of the best startup organizations around, including: Chicago Booth, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, and the Colorado Technology Association.

We played or coached at places like Princeton, Wesleyan, Northwestern, Chicago, Cal, and Dartmouth. We know what it takes to make a college team. In fact, we wrote the book on it, which you can download for free.

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We’ve been athletes. We’ve been college coaches. We’re parents. We’re fans. And we’re here to help you succeed.