Communicating with College Coaches Will Put You on Track to Finding the Right College Program
As a student athlete, you have had your fair share of coaches, and you know what type of coach you excel under and what type of coach you will clash with. Athletes are all different and have different needs out on the field. To get a jump on finding the right college program, you first have to know what your athletic needs are and what qualities you are looking for in a college coach who will help you achieve your athletic goals.
Research Potential College Coaches Before It’s too Late
The college search is a time-consuming activity; plus having to factor in finding the right coach can make the process even more intense. This is why we want athletes to know how important it is for them to get their foot in the door and learn all they can about the recruiting process and potential college programs early so they will be set when the time comes to actually meet with college coaches.
Get Your Foot in the Door
Recruiting is competitive. Think of all the other athletes out there who have the same expectations as you, wanting a chance to play their sport at the college level. This is why recruits need to find ways to stand out. College coaches are going to be more interested in athletes who have been actively reaching out to them and are knowledgeable about their program compared with an athlete who is only looking for a scholarship and has no interest in which college they get into. Interest and persistence are qualities that college coaches want to see in potential recruits.
How Well Do You and the College Coach Mesh?
One of the last items recruits seem to consider during their recruitment is how well they will fit into the college team and how supportive the college coach will be throughout the years. Getting a good vibe from the head coach and the coaching staff, along with the team, can make or break your recruiting experience. Finding the right college program is all about making connections with future teammates and understanding early what the coach’s expectations will be. Many people will be there to help you along with your recruitment, but only you will know if the program is right for you.
Make Sure You Are Prepared to Hold Your Own
Often, we hear about recruits who are not fully prepared for recruiting, and when the time comes to talk with coaches, they have no input or questions to ask the coaching staff. This is an unfortunate situation and can come across as the athlete being uninterested in the athletic program. The only way to know more about college programs is by asking questions. Athletes need to be confident when speaking and communicating with college coaches to learn all they can about the opportunities available.
Recruiting is a fast-moving process; make sure you are fully prepared before speaking with college coaches to get the most out of your recruitment. If you have more questions about getting in touch with college coaches, then leave a comment below or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!