Reaching out to college coaches can be a daunting task. The first email you send to a college coach is definitely the toughest one to write. But the good news is, once you do that it is all downhill from there! After sending that first introductory email, the rest should be quick and to the point.
Although they are quick emails, it can be awkward to find reasons to email coaches. To stay on a coach’s radar, you need to email them with purpose. Make sure of three things:
- Do not include extraneous information - keep it CONCISE. Coaches love short emails.
- Sign each email with your name, grad year, club team & position
- If you can, personalize these emails. At the very least, address each email to the name of the coaches at each program you are contacting.
Here are eight different situations where you can, and should, reach out to a coach along with examples of what to include in your email.
1. An Upcoming Event
If you are attending an upcoming tournament or showcase, you should reach out to coaches about 2 weeks prior to the event to let them know you will be there. You don’t need to include your event schedule in the email - they already have it. You do not need to email them if your game schedule changes. They will automatically receive a notification of this from the event coordinators.
Important information to include:
- The team you will be playing for
- Your jersey number
2. You Have New Video/Highlight Reel
Video is incredibly valuable to coaches throughout the recruiting process. When you build a new highlight reel, or have more game film to share, let coaches know.
3. Updating Academic Info
If you have updated academic information, share that with coaches. If you receive scores from the PSATs/SATS/ACTs or got a newly updated report card/transcript, let coaches know that the new information is available.
4. You Are Going to Be On Campus
If you going to be on campus, or nearby, let the coach know. If they are able, this is a great opportunity for you to meet with them face-to-face & talk about their program. Be sure to include your contact info in this email so that they can reach out to you in an attempt to meet up. If you are able to meet with them, shoot them a text or email afterward to say thank you.
5. Success During Their Season or a Big Win
Keep up with the success of the programs you are interested in. If they win a big game, beat a rival, or finish off a successful season, you can shoot them an email to congratulate them. This is a great way of showing your genuine interest in their program.
6. Engage Via Social Media
Stay connected with programs by following them on social media. Like, share, & retweet their posts. This may seem small, but coaches notice when recruits are invested in and celebrate, the success of their program.
7. Share Personal Connections
If you have a personal connection with a particular program. If you see on social media that a team has done volunteer work with a charity you are connected with, you can applaud the program for their efforts. This is a great way to build a personal connection with coaches.
8. Happy Holidays
Feel free to send best wishes to coaches during the holiday season. If you have new academic information to include, you should do that as well.
Head on over to the SportsRecruits Message Center and get to work!
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