The SportsRecruits messaging system is a very efficient way for student-athletes to email college coaches. As you know, communicating with college coaches is one of the most important parts of your college recruiting process. Therefore, we want to make this process as easy as possible for you!
In every message you send to a college coach, there is automatically a link embedded. When college coaches click this link they will be taken directly to your profile. They will have immediate access to all of your information in just one-click! In addition, the link allows our system to track when a college coach views your profile and watches your video!
If you would like to learn more about your SportsRecruits Link, check out this article.
Using the Messaging System
Once you know which programs you want to reach out to, navigate to the “Messages” tab on your student-athlete profile. You will find this tab in the top right corner of your screen. When you enter the messaging system, click on the “Compose” button in the right-hand corner.
To create a new message, type the program’s name in the space provided labeled “To.” When you click on the program name, a drop-down list of all of the coaches will appear. You can choose to email a specific coach or all of the coaches by clicking on the coach's name. Fill out the subject line, compose your message, then hit "Send" in the bottom right corner and you are good to go!
If you do not know what you should be emailing college coaches, take a look at an introductory email template! Remember, do not copy this email word for word. Make sure you are sending personalized emails.
To get an idea of what your messages look like on a college coach's side of things, click here!
Using the Advanced School Search
You can also message coaches straight from a program’s landing page. On your dashboard page, click on the “Schools” tab. This will direct you to the Advanced School Search. Search for the school’s name or use the search criteria function.
When you are on the school’s landing page, the coaches are listed in the athletics tab under “Program Information.” Click on “Send Message” next to the coaches name and you will be directed to the messaging system where a draft is created automatically with that college coach populated as the recipient!
Again, you can choose which coaches you want to message by clicking on a coach's name. You can also message the program by hitting the blue arrow button that is next to the red heart. You will see this next to the program’s name.
Messaging Straight from the Activity Feed
You can also send coaches messages straight from your activity feed. To access your favorites list, click the “Activity” tab in the top right corner of your athlete profile. A list of your favorited schools will appear on the left hand side, just below your profile picture. You can message a program directly from this page by hitting the blue arrow button next to the school’s name. This will compose a message with the entire staff at that college automatically populated as the recipients of the email.
CC’ing Coaches in Messages
You are able to CC any of your athletic advocates in your messages to college coaches. To learn more about the CC Feature of the Messaging system, check out our article, "How to CC My Coach on a Message".
Managing Your Inbox
Contacting coaches using the messaging system is the best way to be proactive in your recruiting process. It's important to be organized and stay on top of your messages. See below to see how to manage your inbox.
Archive Messages: To archive a message, click on a message so you see the body of the email. In the top of your page, you'll see a button to "Archive." To access your archived messages, go to your "All Mail" folder and search for the recipient of the email or the name of the school. Click into the message and click, "Unarchive." The message will reappear in the proper folder.
Delete Messages: To delete a message, click the checkbox to the left of the message. A trash icon will appear at the top of the inbox. Click that button and the message will move to your "Trash" folder.
Here at SportsRecruits, we know that messaging college coach is one of the most important parts of your recruiting process. With the SportsRecruits messaging system you are able to contact college coaches quickly, keep your recruiting emails organized, and keep track of your progress with each school. Make sure you are using the tool to your advantage!
To learn how you can get your organization set up on SportsRecruits, schedule a call here!