Bognar, the head coach of Illinois swim and dive team, believes that NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) is a significant advantage for student-athletes to connect with their own fan base on a deeper level. The positive impact of Top Tier Lessons can already be seen as parents reach out to inquire about meets and express interest in watching their children’s coaches. Although swimming and diving isn’t typically a popular sport in the community, Bognar wants to attract more fans from the local area.
Balancing her demanding schedule as a Division-I athlete, academic rigor, frequent travel around the country for business meetings, maintaining relationships with stakeholders, and growing her successful company can be challenging for Bognar. However, she has managed to excel in all aspects of her life while still making time for what truly matters – building meaningful connections with her athletes and fans.