The college recruiting process happens earlier than it used to five to ten years ago. The technology and social media has played a major role where student-athletes need to put in the extra effort in order to be seen. There are a lot of resources out there and if you know where to find the information, you should be able to get a good start.
For those active student-athletes, there is someone really close to you who can have a major role in helping you find the right fit. And that’s your current coach. If you play in high school or at the club level and in some cases in a junior college, your coach is your best resource. My junior college coach played a major role in helping me land on a D1 school on a full scholarship. Of course, I worked hard for it but I needed someone to believe in me that I can do it. And that was my coach, who I will always be grateful for.
Your coach trains you almost every day and s/he has a good idea about your work ethic, attitude, character and of course your on and off the field abilities. Your coach can give you an honest feedback and they can guide you in the right direction. The coaching world is small and for the most part coaches become friends from different tournaments, conventions or coaching licenses. So there is a close network amongst the coaches. All those coaches at the college level are always on the lookout for the next student-athlete. So they have a close network and they constantly ask for players who can compete at the next level.
Your current coach can help you but don’t expect them to do the work for you or even find you a scholarship. That’s all in the players hands. Your coach can recommend you to a college coach but from there on, it’s all you. College coaches are looking for great leaders who put their team first and are always looking out for their teammates.
Please keep in mind that when it comes to recruiting there are two major things to keep in mind:
- Honesty is the best policy.
- Your current coach opinion of you matters more than you think.
Self awareness and an honest reflection of yourself are crucial to start. So how can your current coach help you get recruited or what role they can play? I will share a few tips you can do which I am sure you will find them helpful.
How do I want to be remembered?
- Ask your current coach for his or her honest feedback on yourself
- Listen, be respectful and always follow your coach’s directions without complaining
- Ask politely when you can meet with your coach
- Ask for your coach permission if you can add them as your reference
- Show your coach a list of colleges that you think are a good fit and listen to their advise
- Show responsibility by emailing the college coaches yourself
- Let your current coach know where you are in the process and what else you could do to improve
- You can kindly ask your current coach to follow up with the schools you have a major interest in
- Your current coach can be the main communication resource between you and the college coach
- Share your online profile with your current coach so it’s easy to share your information with the college coaches. If you need a FREE sports profile, create one here.
There is no doubt that your club or high school coach can help you find the right school fit. Ultimately, it will come down to how bad you want to play at the college level and if you are willing to do whatever it takes to make the college team. You got all the resources at your finger tips but how will you use your time and resources that will be up to you. Good luck in your recruiting process and don’t be shy to ask your current coach for help. Coaches love to help their players succeed and will do their best to help.