Published on November 16, 2021
Knowing what to expect when speaking with prospective college coaches can lead to greater success in the end and finding the best college fit for you.
Earlier, Honest Game reviewed the types of questions you could ask a college coach in “How to Talk with College Coaches – Preparing and Making a Plan”.
Throughout your recruiting process, you will cover a range of topics from different coaches, but you should be ready to answer three basic questions:
Coaches will often ask follow-up questions to find the student-athlete who best fits their program and school. These questions will focus on three main areas related to athletic, academic, and general character and personality.
Coaches want to learn about you as an athlete and how you’ve performed throughout your career. They want to understand the full picture of your work ethic, motivation level, and approach to the game.
Academics play a major role in recruiting. Coaches are assessing admissions fit, eligibility requirements, and scholarship opportunities.
There are countless players who possess the athletic ability to play at the college level, but coaches also place value on finding well-rounded players with strong personal character and coachability.
Not Just Athletics: Of course, coaches want to find the best talent that will help their team win, but you should also expect coaches to ask deeper questions as they try to get a sense of your overall mindset, your academic performance, and your level of character.
Be Prepared: It’s good to know what coaches might ask you, but you should try to take the next step and be prepared for how you might answer these types of questions. Practice your potential answers with a family member, friend, coach, or Honest Game counselor to build confidence in your answers.
Take notes: Write down all of the questions that were asked and answered, and take a few moments after each call, email, or text to remember what you liked, disliked, or did not get answered.
Finally… Be Honest: Coaches know what they’re looking for in recruits; and during the process, they will decide if you share their program’s values. Likewise, while they are interviewing you, you should also be deciding if the school is the right fit for you.
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.