SPUSA 20 years

Meet our team

Study & Play USA facilitates millions of dollars annually in scholarship opportunity for young Australians to attend a broad selection of Universities – from some of the world’s most reputable Universities like Cal Berkeley, Princeton, UCLA and Dartmouth, to smaller, two-year Universities.
Contrary to all other tertiary systems across the world, there really is a University opportunity for athletes and students of varying levels in the unique USA University system.
Our Process:

Chris Bates


Talent Director Chris Bates first experienced the opportunity to study and play in the USA when he won a scholarship to Oklahoma State University in 1997.

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Alexia Bates


Talent Manager, Alexia Bates has experience in the industry exceeding 10 years and specialises in educating and informing student-athletes and their families about the benefits of this once in a lifetime opportunity to study and play in the USA.

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Claire Mulligan

Talent Coordinator

Playing sport since she could walk, Claire has lived half her life in America and half her life in Australia. Loving a variety of sports, Claire ultimately had to choose one to focus on and that was soccer.

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Conor Byrne

Talent Coordinator

Growing up in Brisbane, Conor began his college pathway with Study & Play USA in Grade 10 to pursue a college degree and play rugby. Through this process and living the experience Conor has learnt about the ins and out of the system and what it takes to be a Student-Athlete.

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Karlee Slinger

Client Manager

Growing up in Brisbane, Karlee has completed a Bachelor of Business with a double major in Event and Sport Management. Since graduating, Karlee has found herself working on theadministration and customer service side of the sporting industry before coming to Study &Play USA.

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Jeremy Cowles


After graduating high school, Jeremy purchased his first camera and began supporting his younger teammates by producing highlight videos for college coaches, this is where he discovered his new found passion for photography and cinematography.

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An Aussie's Transformative
US College Journey

By Study & Play Director, Chris Bates