What College Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Want in a Student-Athlete

 What do College Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches want in a Student-Athlete? AT GCA, we have asked hundreds of College Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches this question: Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete? We have received a range of thoughtful and relevant responses from College Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches across Divisions I, II and III. We wanted to share some of the best answers to give young/high school cross country and track & field athletes some perspectives that they might be overlooking and motivating them to put more emphasis on these qualities to reach their goals and become a College Cross Country and/or Track & Field athlete: Ashley Campbell – George Washington University – Assistant Coach At George Washington University, our cross country program is in the developing phase. We have high aspirations for the program and in order to reach our goals we need to be recruiting athletes that are talented and are a good fit for GW. First off we look at the runners personal best times in different events and we see how they have progressed from when they first began running till now. We have certain time standards for those who would be eligible for athletic scholarship, however we do accept walk-ons. We believe in developing athletes so we look for those who have potential for improvement Continue reading →

How to Play College Football – What College Coaches Want in a Student-Athlete

 What do College Football Coaches want in a Student-Athlete? AT GCA, we have asked hundreds of College Football Coaches this question: Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete? We have received a range of thoughtful and relevant responses from College Football Coaches across Divisions I, II and III. We wanted to share some of the best answers to give young/high school football players some perspectives that they might be overlooking and motivating them to put more emphasis on these qualities to reach their goals and become a College Football player: Kevin Bolis – Sacred Heart University – Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line When determining whether a player will be an asset to our program, I ask myself one question: Will this young man do what it takes to earn an honorary “AAA” Membership? To me the 3 “A’s” mean: Attitude, Accountability and Action. Continue reading →

How to Play College Basketball – What Women’s Coaches Want in a Student-Athlete

 What do Women’s College Basketball Coaches want in a Student-Athlete? AT GCA, we have asked hundreds of Women’s College Basketball Coaches this question: Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete? We have received a range of thoughtful and relevant responses from Women’s College Basketball Coaches across Divisions I, II and III. We wanted to share some of the best answers to give young women basketball players some perspectives that they might be overlooking and motivating them to put more emphasis on these qualities to reach their goals and become a Women’s College Basketball player: Kelly Greenberg – Boston University – Head Coach We look for character, personality and work ethic. A player’s presence on the court goes a long way for us. It is somewhat easy to simply find talent and skill; so, we make sure to notice how they interact with their teammates during the game; do they exhibit leadership qualities in the lay-up lines before the start of the game, how do they respond when things are not going their way, how do they respond when a coach gets on Continue reading →

3 Ways to Become a Better Athlete

 You want to be a great athlete? There is only one place to look: Straight in the mirror. Every single day is a chance to get better at your sport and it is on YOU to make a plan and execute it to build your skills, make yourself a more intelligent player and get your body in the best condition possible. Your coach, parents, brothers, sisters, friends, i.e. all the people around you, can support you OR be a detriment to your development but in the end you have to make up your mind, day in and day out, to get better. Excuses are used all the time in sports: “I don’t get along with the coach”, “I don’t play enough”, “We play a bad system”, “My teammates aren’t that good”…. Continue reading →

College Basketball | 5 Top Qualities Men’s Coaches Want in a Student-Athlete

 What are the top qualities Men’s Basketball coaches want in a potential recruit or student-athlete for their program? Obviously all coaches want talented players, this is a given, but there are many other essential qualities and intangibles these coaches want and NEED from their players to make their programs successful, year in and year out. Goal College Athlete asked hundreds of Men’s Basketball coaches what qualities they look for when recruiting players. With the thoughtful feedback we received from these coaches we created the Top 5 Qualities Men’s Basketball Coaches look for in a potential student-athlete for their program. Our goal is to share this information to help you become a better overall basketball player and make you aware of what the expectations are for players at the college level. Here are the Top 5 Qualities Men’s Basketball Coaches want in a student-athlete (in no particular order): Continue reading →