5 Key Insights into Emailing College Coaches

By Colin McAtee • September 2, 2020

Recruiting

5 key insights into emailing college coaches during the recruiting process:

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1. Keep the email short and to the point.

Your email doesn’t need to be longer than a few sentences or a paragraph or two at most. The chances of a coach reading a long email are minimal.

2. Include important info like highlight video, gpa, and test scores.

Going off point number one, coaches don't have time to read or view unimportant information. Give them what they want and you'll see better results! Coaches screen out players who don't have the grades or test scores they need and rely heavily on highlight videos to see if you're talented enough.

3. Email schools that you can actually get into / play at. Your video and grades should demonstrate this.

Not much more needs to be said here. Don't just spam every college coach for your sport. Do your research and see if you'd actually be a good fit. If you currently are missing the grades or talent to play for a program, it's time to grind and fix that!

4. Personalize your emails.

Don't use generic templates. Show the coach you’ve been following the program and why you’re interested. Show some personality as well. Coaches hate talking to robots - they want to get to know the real you.

I know as a teenager it can be tough to talk to college coaches. I was there once, and understand how intimidating it can be. However, being yourself in front of coaches gives both parties the best chance to see if it's a good match.

5. Always Follow up!

Until a coach tells answers you, you are in the right to follow up. Give them the respect that they are busy. They might have forgotten to reply or never even saw it. They will thank you for being on top of things!

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About the author

Colin McAtee, founder of Productive Recruit, is a former college soccer player for the University of Michigan. At Michigan Colin was a first team all Big Ten player, team captain, and team MVP. Colin resides in Chicago, IL where he runs Productive Recruit, works as a software developer, and is pursuing his masters in Computer Science from DePaul University.

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