MEET OUR SCOUTS

JASON LAUREN

OWNER/SCOUT
Milwaukee, WI
414-303-7607

Jason@ScoutU.com

Jason Lauren, who lives in Milwaukee, Wis., is the Owner and a Scout for ScoutU. Since 2008, he has helped over 300 athletes from the Midwest move on to play in college to programs at every level across the country — from major NCAA Division I schools like Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Missouri and Purdue to Division III and JUCOs. The athletes he has guided through the recruiting process have committed to 136 colleges in 25 different states, from Arizona to Florida, Texas to Massachusettes and accross the Midwest.

Jason has implemented recruiting methods for his athletes that have resulted in millions of dollars of scholarships. Through his personal conversations with college coaches over the years and going through the recruiting process with hundreds of athletes, he has learned the ins and outs of how the recruiting process works and how to best guide athletes and their families through it. Jason has established relationships with hundreds of colleges coaches at all levels, most of which have come by meeting in person at games and events. He has given recruiting seminars for many events, teams and schools. Jason has been featured in the Milwaukee Business Journal and has been mentioned in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel many times when his athletes have made their college commitments. He employed two scouts who became scouts with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jason started his career as an award-winning sports journalist. He worked for the Green Bay Press-Gazette as a sports copy editor and reporter, covering hockey and writing a fantasy football column. He self-syndicated the column to papers around the country, including the Chicago Tribune. He also was the sports editor and a sports reporter for the Freeport (Ill.) Journal Standard. During Jason’s sports journalism career, he connected with several college coaches, learning how to communicate effectively with them. He graduated with a BS degree in entrepreneurship and minored in journalism at Northern Michigan University. He grew up in Ishpeming, Mich., a small town in the Upper Peninsula, and graduated from Westwood High School.

Jason resides in Greendale, Wis., with his wife, Laurie, 8-year-old daughter, Maisey, and their yellow-lab mix dog, Dorsey.

LINDA BLACKWELL BENTLEY

SCOUT
Chicago, IL
312-909-3602
Linda@ScoutU.com

Linda Blackwell Bentley, who lives in Chicago, Ill., is a former collegiate women’s basketball player at the University of Illinois-Chicago – an NCAA Division I school — and has coached both girls high school tennis and basketball. A three-sport All-Conference and All-Sectional varsity athlete in tennis, basketball and softball at a high school with over 3,200 students, she also was named All-State honorable mention in basketball and invited to tryout for the Pan American Games/Junior Olympics after graduation. Linda was recruited by various colleges and still has her National Letter of Intent from the University of Alabama-Huntsville, an NCAA Division II school. She was offered a full scholarship to play in both tennis and basketball there. Instead, she decided to accept a full scholarship and play for Illinois-Chicago and a was a top basketball player during her career there, averaging 14.4 points a game and being in the top 20 in career field goals made. Linda was the varsity basketball coach at Beacon Academy High School in Evanston, Ill., during the 2019-20 season. Linda earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and art education at UIC. She has made a career in business of graphic design and created marketing materials for various clients, including the Chicago Blackhawks and Nike. Additionally, she manages an art collection. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has acquired a portion of the collection to become part of its permanent collection.

JON FEYEN

SCOUT
Raleigh, NC
920-979-3093

Jon@ScoutU.com

Jon Feyen is ScoutU’s North Carolina scout. Jon owns nine years of experience working in college athletics. He managed events, kept statistics, wrote articles, operated social media and helped coaches with their recruiting. Jon’s resume includes experience at Division I, Division III and NAIA schools. Jon has worked hundreds of college basketball, baseball and football games, so he knows the talent required to compete at that level. 

About half of the golfers Jon advised have committed to Division I programs, including Timmy Gannon (Elon), Elise Hoven (North Dakota State), Lorenza Martinez (Loyola), Elliott Nielsen (Northern Iowa) and Connor Brown (UNC-Greensboro). Jon also has worked with prospects in baseball and basketball, including Savannah Walsdorf, who scored her 1,000th point for Dakota State University in 2022.

Jon worked in advance scouting and video for the Milwaukee Brewers during 2018. He is constantly involved in the local sporting scene, owning experience with Minor League Baseball (2013-17), NBA G-League Basketball (2017-18) and several high school state championships. Jon also handled media relations and official statistics for the NCAA Division III World Series from 2008-17. Jon owns a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master’s degree in sports management from Cardinal Stritch University (WI). His writing profile includes a published book (How Twitter Changed Sports Journalism) and the 2016 Spira Research Award for his thesis, “Analytics: The New Currency of MLB.” Jon and his wife, Brennan, have been married since 2019.

JON GILL

SCOUT
Long Island City, NY
718-825-5191

JGill@ScoutU.com

Jon Gill, who lives in Long Island City, NY, has been involved in college football as a player and coach for the past 23 years. He played NCAA Division I football (FBS) at the University of Akron where he was a three-time letter winner. Upon graduating at Akron, he started his coaching career. He rose from a position coach to a coordinator position and culminating with being a head coach at the Division I level (FCS). Jon also was a recruiting coordinator for 8 years at the Division I and Division II levels. He personally has recruited in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and Delaware. Throughout his time as a coach, he has coached 30 all-conference selections, five all-Americans and three NFL players. From the 2014 through the 2018 seasons, four different quarterbacks received all-conference honors and three won conference MVP awards. Throughout Jon’s career, he has coached six different QBs who have made all-conference and four who have made all-American, three of which were Harlon Hill Award finalists (Division II player of the year). Jon has a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees.

TRAVIS GILLIAM

SCOUT
Silverstreet, SC
803-924-2027

Travis@ScoutU.com

Travis Gilliam, who lives in Silverstreet, SC, has been involved in athletics around South Carolina for over 25 years. His love for sports started at an early age, as he competed in baseball, basketball, soccer and tennis throughout high school. During this time, he was All-State in soccer, MVP of his high school team during his senior year in baseball and was part of a state championship in basketball. Travis’s passion for sports led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, with a minor in Religion from Newberry College. He has experience as a high school athletic director, PE teacher, camp director and extensive knowledge in coaching, having coached multiple sports, including baseball, basketball (boys and girls), football, soccer, tennis, track and field and volleyball. He has been involved with numerous state championships in different capacities over the years in baseball, football and volleyball. This includes coaching for four basketball and three volleyball state championships. He has had the honor of being named a three-time basketball and six-time volleyball conference coach of the year. Travis has had the pleasure of helping hundreds of athletes develop their skills from middle school to high school and has coached multiple athletes that furthered their athletic careers in college.

Over the years, Travis has built a bond with countless athletes, coaches and athletic administrators in the Southeast. He understands the importance of making connections and building relationships, and his 25-plus years of experience in athletics has provided him the ability to have a keen eye for talent. Additionally, Travis has worked in HR/recruiting and safety at a transportation company and owns a mobile DJ service, having DJ’d many weddings for former athletes.

Travis resides in South Carolina with his wife, Karla, and their 17-year old (twins), Christian and Cassie.

CHARLIE GOENS

SCOUT
Salem, VA
540-815-2269

Charlie@ScoutU.com

Charlie Goens lives in Salem, Va., where he was born and raised. Charlie has 11 years coaching at the collegiate level, including as a head coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division I schools, and has also coached high school and club baseball teams.

From 1992 to 2005 he coached high school ball in his hometown. Then he moved to West Palm Beach, Fla., and coached at Palm Beach Gardens High School where his team was ranked No. 17 in the county by USA Today in 2000. In 2005, Charlie transitioned into college coaching. He was given an opportunity to be an assistant coach and earn his degree from Newberry College, which he did in 3 years. He worked with the pitchers and was also named the recruiting coordinator. Newberry went from a team with single-digit wins to a regional contender in those same 3 years. After graduating in 2008, Charlie and his family made their way back to Salem, Va., where he took a position as the assistant coach at Roanoke College. Here he was also the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator until 2010. For the first time in school history the team produced three All-Conference pitchers and the team ERA dropped each year.

Charlie continued his success as a coach at the University of Richmond, an NCAA Division I school, from 2010-2013. He was an assistant coach who handled the pitching staff and was also the recruiting coordinator. While at Richmond, Charlie was instrumental in the development of their players. Several players went on to be All-Americans, All-Region and even Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year. In 2014, Charlie earned his first head coaching position at Davis and Elkins College in the mountains of West Virginia. He was at the helm from 2014 to 2016 where he produced another freshman All­Conference player and increased the wins at the school. After 2 seasons, Charlie was offered the head coaching position at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a Division I team. He took the team to the conference tournament for the first time in 3 years.

As Charlie’s family grew and the children (Kaylee, Kourtney and CJ) got older, it was time to return to southwest Virginia. He and his wife Jessica always knew they wanted to raise their family in Salem. It was time to put down roots and settle back into familiar territory, but the coaching itch was still there. Since his return to southwest Virginia, Charlie has owned and developed a successful travel team franchise with 8 to 18- year-olds. He has also been coaching at Salem High School since 2019.

During the summer of 2022, Charlie was asked to coach with the nationally known Canes Baseball program. Here he coached a regional travel team to several wins over top teams in the country while in Atlanta, Virginia Beach and Richmond. Charlie is certified in Driveline Foundations of Pitching, Foundations of Hitting and Pitch Design. It is here that he successfully educates young athletes on how to safely strengthen their arms and prepare them for their throwing, hitting, and pitching careers.

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