Published on November 9, 2021
As a student-athlete, you are working hard to push your academic ceiling and be noticed for your skills, strength, speed, and character. Student-athletes beginning the recruiting process needs to prepare a plan for communication with college coaches.
A big piece of recruiting is having an opportunity to speak to coaches in person or over the phone, as well as by email, social media, and text. Be prepared for these opportunities to show your best self when talking with prospective schools and their coaching staff. College coaches want to meet student-athletes who are confident and well-spoken in both oral and written communication. They don’t want to hear from a recruiting service or your parent/guardian.
It’s important to remember that while the college coaches are evaluating you, you should be doing the same for your own process. You are not only interviewing the coach, you have an opportunity to see the college through the coach’s perspective.
The recruiting process is your opportunity to learn as much as possible, so you can visualize your college experience. The college you choose will be where you live for potentially four to five years and you want to be pretty sure that you will be happy there, even if something happened and you couldn’t play sports. While getting to know the athletic program and coaches is very important, so is learning about all the college has to offer.
It will be important to have your questions ready and available before your conversations.
Questions can range depending on the nature of the call, where you are in the process, and be mindful of the time that you have scheduled with the coach. You don’t want to ask them all in one sitting, and many of these questions will be answered on your visit. By the time your recruiting process is over, you should have most of these questions answered.
Now that you’ve compiled your list of questions for potential coaches…wondering what questions you might have to answer? Read about the follow-up questions coaches will be asking in Honest Game’s “How To Talk To College Coaches – Anticipating Questions from Coaches“.
By Courtney Sakellaris, Honest Game Senior Manager of District Success & Educational Programs
A former High School Athletic Director with more than 14 years of experience, Courtney has guided thousands of student-athletes through the NCAA and NAIA college eligibility and athletic recruiting process.