8 Tips for Talking to College Coaches
Do you want to be one of those prospects who knows how to talk effectively with a college coach? Here are my tips for communicating with college coaches:
Return their messages. If they leave a message on your voicemail or message machine, it’s vital that you call them back immediately. Even if it’s late at night, call back and leave a message. Let them know that you received their message, and that you are interested in talking to them.
Be persistent. You will see that many coaches are pretty persistent when it comes to getting your attention and trying to convince you to come play for their program. Take a page from their playbook, and make sure you are persistent in getting back in touch with a coach who has tried to call you. Don’t give up after just one return call. Call again, follow-up with an e-mail, and then do all over again in a day or two if you haven’t heard back from them yet.
Tell them when you can spend time talking. Let them know when the best time to talk is, and what your daily schedule looks like. Most prospects don’t do that, and it frustrates coaches.
Speak clearly, and use your best grammar. Don’t mumble or slur your words. How you talk to your friends at school might not be the best way to talk to a college coach who is thinking about paying for your college education. Try to impress a coach with how you speak.
Show respect. Address them as “Coach Smith”, or “sir”, or “Ms. Jones”. Until you have an established relationship with that coach, show him or her respect in how you address them. It sounds like a small detail, but it can make a really positive impression in a coach’s mind.
Ask questions. You should have a list of “ready to ask” questions that you would want to discuss with a coach. They might be questions about playing time, the majors their school offers, or dormitory options on campus. I recommend that you write down a few good questions and refer to that list when you hear from a college coach.
Answer questions with a lot of details and information. Remember, do not give them short “yes” or “no” answers. Go into a lot of detail. Give them more than they are looking for in terms of information on a particular topic. The more you talk to them, the more excited they’ll be about the idea of you coming to play for them.
Write them a thank you note right away. Send a quick e-mail and let them know that you really enjoyed the conversation. Then, do this: Ask the coach what the next step in the process is. If you do that, they will tell you. And, you won’t be left wondering if you’re going to get recruited by that coach or not.
Do you see how important good communication on your part is? Do you understand how rare it is these days that a college coach comes across a student-athlete who communicates effectively during the recruiting process?