About Steve O'Brien

Steve O'Brien is the co-creator of Goal: College Athlete (GCA). The website was built to inspire young athletes to reach their goal of playing college sports. Information includes a pro-active plan to get the attention of college coaches and also insight from college coaches on what qualities they look for in a potential recruit. Steve played College Hockey at the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 1999. Questions? Send Steve an email at [email protected]
Website: http://www.goalcollegeathlete.com/
stevejulia26 has written 45 articles so far, you can find them below.

Calling College Coaches – Don’t Be Afraid

Are you feeling a bit nervous about cold calling college coaches? Cold calling people can be stressful. You fear getting rejected or not knowing what to say. It is not an easy thing to do but the positives of cold calling far out weigh the negatives so don’t be afraid. One positive of cold calling coaches is that the Coaches find it refreshing when the athlete calls themselves. Multiple coaches I have talked to say they love when they get a call directly from the high school athlete. They get tired of recruiting agencies and parents calling them because they can’t tell if the actual athlete is in fact interested in their program. When they hear directly from you it enables Continue reading →

How Parents Can Help Their Kids Get Recruited

 All parents want what is best for their kids and most will go to great lengths to help them. This is no different when parents try to help their son or daughter get recruited to play college sports While the overall intent is positive sometimes the actions can have negative effects on both the child and the process. While I think the high school athlete should put the majority of the effort into the their recruiting process, I believe there is many positive actions a parent can take to support their son or daughter including: Continue reading →

How To Email a College Soccer Coach

Emailing College Soccer Coaches I was researching your program and came across this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAtydP4KmCs) where you discuss how the culture of Marquette Soccer has changed and how players are taking more ownership in making themselves and the overall team better. You also point out the academic success of your players and how proud you are of them. This part shows the coach both the reason for your email and also that you are doing your homework to learn more about him as a coach. Continue reading →

How To Email a College Football Coach

Emailing College Football Coaches When trying to get a college football coaches attention via email the key is being personal & relevant. Make the email unique for that particular coach. Too many athletes make the email all about themselves, their stats and do not focus on what the coach may need or want in a student-athlete. Also, mass emailing coaches is just spam and will rarely get looked at or responded to. Most importantly, almost all the college coaches I have asked want the potential recruit (you) to be more Continue reading →

6 Recruiting Tips From a Division 2 Men’s Basketball Coach

Parents helping kids get recruited Be realistic – if you are going into your senior year and no division 1 school has called, you are not going division 1 Go where you like the coaches and players – to many kids choose a school because they like the campus or the major, 80% of all kids change there major and you are going to be around the coaches and players make sure you like them. Distance – Do not let distance be a factor in your decision. Your family will always support you. Prospect should ask coaches tough questions like Continue reading →

You’re NOT Emailing Multiple College Coaches With The Same Email Are You?

emailing college coaches I have been reading some articles and watching some videos where College Coaches discuss what high school athletes can do better in the recruiting process. On more than one occasion I noticed college coaches getting irritated when receiving an email from prospective student-athletes with multiple college coaches email addresses, from different schools, also on the email. Please tell me your or not doing this? If you are doing this: PLEASE STOP! You are putting together a generic email, finding a bunch of coaches email addresses, sending it out and hoping to get coaches to respond. You are thinking this strategy will save time by hitting a lot of coaches with the same message. What you are not seeing is that this strategy is alienating a lot of coaches and Continue reading →

Video: College Softball Coaches Discuss Recruiting Do’s & Dont’s

Create a Recruiting Profile GCA I came across the above video on the NCSA Sports YouTube channel. I think the softball coaches make excellent points that can really help the high school athlete within their own recruiting process. Also, many of the things they mention are also items we write about here on the GCA website. Below I noted some key points in the video and where applicable added the related GCA link to help you in these areas for your recruiting process: 0:00 (Start of Video) – Amanda Lehotak, Head Coach at USTA (University of Texas – San Antonio), says coaches are watching your reaction after games, how you interact with your parents and respect for the game. 0:45 – Craig Snider, Assistant Coach at Florida State University, comments on high school softball players committing to early and not taking the time to find a school that fits best for them. He makes a very good point and I wrote a piece giving reasons why high school athletes should not feel pressure to commit so early. Continue reading →

College Tennis Recruiting Advice from a Division 2 Coach

college tennis scholarship GCA asked Steve Baum, Head Coach of the Division II Women’s Tennis Team at Alderson Broaddus University, his thoughts on the recruiting process and some things potential recruits can do to help themselves in this process: When it comes to the recruiting process this biggest issue I run into is that kids have an unreal expectation of what an athletic scholarship really is. Most of them think that the only thing out there is a full ride with 100% of the cost covered, but they don’t understand that those are few and far between, especially in tennis. Most of the D II schools only give a little bit of money on top of academic money, so unless your a blue chip, Continue reading →

Don’t Feel Pressure to Commit Early

Parents helping kids get recruited There was a very interesting article earlier this year from New York Times writer Nathanial Popper titled “Committing to Play for a College, Then Starting 9th Grade” discussing how early young athletes are committing to colleges and university, even as early as middle school. Do I think this is right? No. Do I think the NCAA should do more to prevent the recruiting of athletes at the middle school and early high school age? Yes. But that is is a a conversation for another day. Today, I want to about the pressure and anxiety a young athlete (and their parents) might be feeling due to these circumstances and try to give insight to relieve some of this stress. I can see how a young athlete (and their parents) can feel pressure and anxiety with the whole recruiting process. A lot of different dynamics start coming into play including: Continue reading →

How to Build a Recruiting Profile on GCA

Online Athletic Profile As I have mentioned in the Student-Athlete Guide To Be Recruited, created a Recruiting Profile is a very important part of your email strategy when contacting college coaches. This post describes step-by-step about how you can register, build and manage your own recruiting profile so college coaches will be one click away from learning more about you as an athlete, student and person. The first thing you want to do is to register and create an account with Goal: College Athlete (GCA). On every page in the top right-hand corner you will see: Continue reading →

Student-Athlete Recruiting Platform – Now Live

Recruiting Platform September 27, 2014 – Boston, MA – Goal: College Athlete (www.goalcollegeathlete.com) has launched a new set of FREE online tools, named the Student-Athlete Recruiting Platform, to help high school student-athletes achieve maximum productivity and be well organized throughout the course of their college recruiting process. The Student-Athlete Recruiting Platform provides high school athletes with a centralized place to build […] Continue reading →

How to Use Twitter to Write College Coaches Better Emails

Use Twitter for Recruiting If you have read the Student-Athlete Guide To Be Recruited or some of my other blog posts on recruiting and how to get a college coach’s attention you may have noticed that I put a lot of emphasis on sending messages that are personal and relevant to the coach (instead of sending some generic/spammy type message). I feel if you send a more personal message it will not only resonate with the coach but also it shows the coach that you have been doing the research and are genuinely interested in their program. I believe coaches appreciate and will respond to these messages Continue reading →

Emailing College Coaches? 7 Tips for Success

Emailing College Coaches Are you emailing college coaches to get their attention? Please find links to article below that will help you be successful: Why Email is Crucial To Be Recruited How To Find College Coaches Email Addresses How To Create an Email Signature in GMAIL Want a Coach to Respond to your Email? Make it Personal EMAIL EXAMPLES: Reference a Quote from a Coach Reference the Programs Upcoming Losses to Continue reading →

3 Great Recruiting Tips From a College Softball Coach

college student-athlete advice From North Park University Assistant Softball Coach, Katie Anderson: I have done a lot of my recruiting online the past couple of years and sometimes it is great and other times it is not so great. The few things that I would stress to student athletes are: 1. Keep your video short and to the point. Coaches watch thousands of videos and we can find what we are looking for in little glances at your different skills. With that being said, if you are a specialty player such as a pitcher in softball, I want to see you pitch. My priority is not how well you hit or how fast you run, I want to see all of your pitches in real time to get a feel for what type of pitcher you are. 2. Don’t try to hide anything. If a student-athlete is keeping something out of their profile or trying to cover it up, the truth will come out Continue reading →

Why I’m Glad I Played an NCAA Sport – Skiing

NCAA skiing In November, a good friend asked me to write this blog for her website. The purpose of the site is to motivate and guide young athletes to achieve scholarships and success. Don’t worry kids, I didn’t learn my efficiency in college! Last month marked the 15th anniversary of one of my greatest athletic achievements – becoming NCAA Champion. Three days later, the University of Colorado ski team was named 1999 National Champions and dedicated it to our teammate Lucie Hanusova who was killed that year in a snowmobile accident. An hour later, the wood trophy was floating in a hot tub carrying beers while our coach ran circles around the house wearing a bathing suit in a Maine winter. By 2 am we were all staggering around a college bar trying to remember where home was. It was awesome. Continue reading →

How to Find College Coaches Email Addresses

Emailing College Coaches Do you want to send an email to a college coach letting them know you are interested in being a part of their program? First thing you have to do is find their email address. This is pretty straightforward actually because most college coach’s emails are publicly accessible on their universities athletic website. Most athletic websites have a staff directory page where they list all coaches, for all sports along with their contact information: phone number and email address. I think the easiest way to find the staff directory for a particular university is to Continue reading →