GCA Tip of the Day – Contacting Coaches: Don’t Give Up After One Voicemail or Email

Contacting College CoachesBy Steve O’Brien – Goal: College Athlete

If you emailed or called a college coach once and didn’t hear back them PLEASE don’t let that be the last time you attempt to contact them! Also, don’t fill your head with reasons why YOU THINK they didn’t get back to you. You don’t know the EXACT reason why they didn’t get back to you. Most likely it was because they were busy doing any number of things: running practices, watching film, administrative work, travelling to an away game, etc.  Like most people who are busy, coaches don’t respond to every email or call that comes to them. If you sent a relevant, attention grabbing email or voicemail chances are the coaches have seen or listened to it. If you follow up with them again it will not only make them recall the original message but will show them you are genuinely interested in their program, making them more apt to get in touch with you. Being pro-active is a good thing and it is something that coaches want to see from a potential recruit.

Don’t let your mind play tricks on you, create a target list of schools and put together a pro-active strategy to contact these coaches via email and phone multiple times. Stick to this strategy no matter what. A lot of coaches may not get back to you, other may say they are not interested but if you understand that it is a NUMBERS GAMES (contact many coaches, multiple times), make it business, not personal, you will get more coaches to respond to you. In your recruiting process focus on doing MORE Pro-Active activity (on what you can control) and LESS negative worrying (on what you can’t control).


Related articles to help you in the recruiting process:

The Strategy and Process Needed to Be Recruited

Creating an Organizing Your Target List of Schools

Why You Must Pro-Actively Follow up with Coaches


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]

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