How To Find and Contact College Coaches
If you are looking to get recruited in college,
Emailing college coaches is essential to getting noticed,
But how do you find their contact information?
It isn’t as hard as you think.
Keep reading and find out:
- WHY GOOGLE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
- WHO SHOULD YOU EMAIL?
- SHOULD YOU CONTACT THE HEAD COACH?
- HOW TO PREPARE YOUR EMAIL
WHY GOOGLE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Start by doing a simple google search.
Type in the “[college name] + [the sport you are interested in pursuing] + coach”.
If that doesn’t work, try:
You can also try searching for “[college name] + [sport] + website” or “[college name] + athletics website”.
Find the university’s athletic website and direct yourself to the sport you are interested in.
Now look at the tabs at the top of the page.
You want to click on a tab with some reference to “Coaches/Staff”.
Sometimes, coaches’ contacts are listed under “Roster”.
Once you find the list of all the coaches’ contacts, you may wonder:
WHO SHOULD YOU EMAIL?
Larger programs typically have staff specifically dedicated to recruiting student-athletes.
This is most likely the case at NCAA Division I schools.
In these cases, you should look for the contact of the Director of Scouting or Director of Recruiting.
They are your best point of contact because all potential recruits are filtered through them.
The Director of Operations is another good option to contact.
They sometimes take on the responsibilities of recruiting when there is no Director of Scouting.
For smaller programs,
Recruiting operations will be the responsibilities of the coaching staff.
Begin by contacting the Assistant Coach.
SHOULD YOU CONTACT THE HEAD COACH?
Especially in smaller programs,
The Head Coach may play a larger role in recruiting operations.
Don’t be afraid to contact them.
Just know that their schedules are typically busier and their response may be delayed.
If your email is overlooked, do not be discouraged.
Respectfully follow-up with your initial email.
And keep in mind:
Contacting both the Head Coach and Assistant Coach could be in your best interest.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR EMAIL
As you gather the coaches’ contacts,
Remember these few guidelines to emailing coaches:
1) DON’T MASS EMAIL
Sending a single email out to several coaches at a time may suggest that you are not genuinely interested in their individual programs.
Spend a little extra time personalizing your emails.
Tell coaches why you want to play for their program,
As well as what kind of connection you have with the school.
A little extra time spent personalizing your email will not go unnoticed.
2) GRAB ATTENTION WITH YOUR SUBJECT LINE
Grab coaches’ attention before they even open your email.
Make your subject line a “sell”.
What does that mean?
Just like marketers do when advertising their products,
You want to prevent coaches from scrolling on,
And sell them on what you have to offer.
So, instead of titling your email something generic like “Basketball Recruit”,
Make your subject line something along the lines of “2022 205 LB. POINT GUARD 3.8 GPA”.
Before the coach opens it, they can gather that you are academically successful,
And could be worth looking into.
3) BE PROFESSIONAL
In all of your interactions, act appropriately and professionally.
Represent yourself in a positive manner,
And you will be recognized and rewarded for it.
Coaches value athletes with good character and good manners.
4) RESEARCH THE PERSON YOU’RE CONTACTING
Typically, athletic websites will have small bios about their coaching staff.
It could be advantageous to read the bio of the person you are contacting,
Because you can use the information to establish more of a connection.
They could be from the same area as you,
Or have attended the same school as your sibling.
If the connection is not there, don’t force it.
But by doing that little bit of extra research,
You could make an impression and stand out.