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Recruiting Process and Organization

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

2 Things To Consider Before Sending Automated Emails to College Coaches

Emailing College Coaches Are you using a recruiting service that sends automated emails to college coaches on your behalf? Is this service your only method in trying to contact college coaches? While there can be benefits to this strategy, I wanted to make you aware of a couple of issues that can arise from sending automated emails to college coaches: 1. Automated Emails Are NOT Nearly Personal Enough For College Coaches With all the recruiting services and other companies trying to sell to coaches, automated emails are like “white noise” to most college coaches and most of the emails either get ignored or deleted. Very few get opened and even less Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – How to Use Google Calendar When Scheduling Appointments with College Coaches

Contacting College Coaches In Today’s Tip I wanted to show you how you can use Google Calendar to help you: Confirm meetings/calls with college coaches Highlight more information about you as a student, athlete and person to college coaches Show your professionalism in the recruiting process What is Google Calendar? Google Calendar is a FREE time management (calendar) application offered by Google. It enables you to send out Calendar invites which appear in college coaches emails and calendars for them to keep track of daily events and meetings. Why would I use Google Calendar in my recruiting process? Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – Stay Organized: Use Google Drive in Your Recruiting Process

student-athlete recruiting In Today’s Tip I wanted to show you how you can use ‘Google Drive™’ to help you stay organized and more efficient in your recruiting process. What is Google Drive? Google Drive is kind of like Microsoft Office but it is free service from Google. It allows you to create spreadsheets and word documents. The best part is everything you create is saved automatically and can be accessed from any computer, laptop, iPad or smart phone (there is a Google Drive app for both Iphones and Droids). It is a great place to create a list of schools you want to target in your recruiting process as well as add coach’s email addresses, phone numbers and any other information you want to keep regarding coaches and schools. Now, you are able to access that information from anywhere by just logging into your Google Account. How do I access Google Drive? Continue reading →