The ability to see which college coaches viewed your profile is a key feature of your Pro account. While receiving a view as a student-athlete is exciting, it is important to understand what a view can mean and what questions you should be asking yourself prior to taking next steps.
Are College Coach views real?
Yes - We have created a complete database of college coaches within your sport, allowing each of them access to view all of the information on your profile. When you have a Pro account, we're able to provide you with full transparency into which college coaches are viewing your profile, video or linked information. Anytime a college coach clicks on your profile, you will receive a notification in real-time to let you know. Any time that you receive a view notification, these are genuine views being created by college coaches.
Learn more about Which College Coaches Viewed Your Profile, Transcript, & Video.
What does a View from a College Coach mean?
A coach evaluating your profile does not always mean that you will be or are on their list of top recruits. It's important to stay realistic in your process and acknowledge the difference between a college coach evaluating you, versus you and that coach determining that you are the right fit for that school. We want to make sure we are transparent about which programs are viewing your student-athlete profile while maintaining a balance of allowing college coaches to evaluate multiple student-athletes, many of which may not be a good fit for their program. As a student-athlete, it is important to understand the difference between being evaluated and being on a list of top recruits.
There could be several reasons why a college coach viewed your profile, a few of those reasons could be:
- That program may have interest in you
- That program needs to learn more about you before determining their interest
- That program learned from your profile information you are not the best fit for their program
A view signifies a college coach evaluating your profile just like they would evaluate you on the sideline of a competition. College coaches are using your profile and video to learn more about whether or not you are an academic and athletic fit for their program. A view is a first step of many for college coaches to find athletes that are the right fit for their program, the same way you utilize the School Search feature to initially discover the programs that are available to you as a student-athlete.
What should I do when I receive a View from a College Coach?
With the tracking system we want to allow as much transparency to student-athletes and their families as possible, however, it is important that you are asking yourself if this program is a realistic fit for you athletically and academically before reaching out to a coach after a view.
We do not advise reaching out to those college coaches immediately after receiving a view to say, "I saw you looked at my profile".
- Consult your advocates! Your club or high school coaches and your academic advisors are amazing resources to help you better understand whether a school or program is a realistic fit for you. Initiate conversations with these advocates if and when you receive a view from a college coach to ask them where they feel you might stand.
- Ask yourself some of the questions below to determine how you and your family feel this school or program fits your wants and needs:
Does this school align with my academic, athletic, geographic, and social interests?
- Am I able to meet the financial expectations of this institution?
Academically, how do I match up to their requirements? Am I very far off, in line, or just slightly below?
Do I have an existing relationship with this coach?
Have I submitted a questionnaire to the school?
Has this coach already relayed to me that I am not a fit for their program?
- Once you have gone through all of these steps, if this program is a true interest to you, we recommend crafting a well-thought-out introductory email to these coaches if you have not yet introduced yourself. Learn on what to say to coaches here: What Should I Say To A College Coach?
The different type of View notifications on SportsRecruits:
A view is triggered when a college coach is logged into their SportsRecruits Account, or through clicking the link embedded in your messages using the SportsRecruits Messaging System.
When a college coach is logged into their SportsRecruits account and comes to your student-athlete profile you will be alerted all in real-time. A Profile View does not register without a college coach scrolling down your profile. A college coach will be able to see exactly what you see when you go to the “Profile Tab” of your account. Make sure you have the most up-to-date information to ensure college coaches are able to have accurate information.
If a college coach watches any video visible on your profile, including your featured video, you will receive a Video View Notification. With your SportsRecruits account you are able to upload or embed an unlimited amount of videos. Be sure to have video present on your profile. Student-athletes who have video on their profile are 19x more likely to receive a view than those who don’t.
When a college coach opens up your transcript, or any PDF’s you have uploaded in the “Press Links” section, you will receive a view notification. Be sure to have the most up-to-date transcript, or report card available for coaches to view. Academics is just as important as your athletic ability when going through the recruiting process. Your “Press Link” section is a place to upload any publications that may have been written about you, either academically or athletically. If you are looking for things to add to your “Press Link” section, check out our article here.
EventBeacon On-Demand View
EventBeacon On-Demand is an event video library for college coaches powered by the SportsRecruits platform. When a college coach views a video on EventBeacon on Demand that you played in, you will receive a EventBeacon on Demand View notification. This notification is delivered to each player listed on that game's roster. EventBeacon On-Demand creates a virtual sideline for college coaches, similarly we want to provide student-athletes with the transparency into that sideline.
Our mission at SportsRecruits is to empower student-athletes to pursue their dreams. As a company composed of former collegiate athletes, we understand first-hand the stress and anxiety that is felt throughout the college recruiting process. The features and functionality of our products have been thoughtfully designed to reduce stress and provide a more transparent experience for student-athletes and their families. For this reason, we provide athletes with notifications when their profiles are viewed by college coaches. We understand that a view does not always guarantee interest and may lead to a difficult conversation or email exchange, but we believe this transparency is critical in empowering student-athletes during their process. We never generate artificial views or notifications, and we are continuing to improve our products to best serve all of our stakeholders, including the college coaching community.
Not seeing which program, in particular, is the one viewing your profile? It is likely because you do not currently have a SportsRecruits Pro membership. Check out our article Why Can’t I See Which College Coaches Are Viewing my Profile? to learn more.