GCA Tip of the Day – How to Follow Up with College Coaches After Attending a Prospect Camp

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

If you have attended a showcase or prospect camp hosted by a specific university and program that you may want to play for in college make sure to follow up with the coaching staff after the conclusion of the camp. Why? Well, you have met the coaches personally and they have probably scouted your ability during the camp. Now is your chance to build upon that initial relationship and show your respect and appreciation for their program. It can put you in a more positive light when it comes to your character and how you are as a person – something highly valued by college coaches.

After the camp, you can send a concise email to all the coaches and staff you met. It could include things like:

  • Thanking them for their time and invitation to participate in the camp
  • The experience and what you got out of it (facilities, information, the competition from the other prospects)
  • What you liked about the  program’s vision and where they want to be (shows you were listening at the camp)
  • What you are going to do over the next 12 months to improve physically, mentally and educationally (your plan to get better)
  • That you would love to be a part of their program and ask for advice on what you can do to get there

If talent-wise you are neck and neck with other recruits sometimes it is doing little things like this that give you the edge and the eventual offer.


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Related articles to help you in your recruiting process:

-Examples of Relevant Emails to Send to College Coaches

-Why You Must Pro-Actively Follow Up with Coaches

-Be Respectful to College Coaches and Staff Members


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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