GCA Tip of the Day – Want a College Coach to Respond To Your Email? Make it Personal

By Steve O’Brien – Goal: College Athlete

Emailing College Coaches College Coaches get hundreds of emails a day from high school athletes and recruiting services. The majority of them never get opened or responded to. Why? Because they know its going to be some standard, generic email giving stats and information on a self-proclaimed “great recruit”. They have received countless emails like these, most of which will not help them.

How do you write emails that coaches will respond to? MAKE IT PERSONAL for the coach. Find out things like:


-What kind of characteristics the coach looks for in a player? (What do they want?)

-How their season is going (i.e. Did they win a big game? Is there one coming up?) 

-How many players are they graduating the spring before your freshman year (can you fill the void)?

-Do you know a player on the team or someone who know the coaches that you can refer to?


If you can find some personal information that the coach and his staff care about and use that in the subject and the body of an email you will be much more likely (not guaranteed, but much more likely) to get a response.

Check out the links below for examples of how to write more personalized emails to college coaches:


Reference a Quote from a Coach

The Team Just Won a Game/Event

Referencing the Program’s Losses to Graduation and how you can Fill the Void


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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