Communicating With Coaches
More questions you might ask a college coach
It's important to remember that you are evaluating the school and the coach at the same time he/she is evaluating you. This is a person who you will be in close contact with for potentially 4-5 years. Research his/her coaching style by watching a practice and a game.
- Does the team have an academic advisor?
- What is off-court/field training like?
- What is off-season like. Is there an "off-season?"
- Where do I stand on your recruiting board?
- What is the recruiting timeline?
- When should I come for a visit?
- e. when is a good time of year, what day of the week, if unofficial what age?
- Am I under consideration for financial aid?
- What is team chemistry like?
- What is housing like?
- Typical day for your athletes? What time do we practice - in and out of season?
- Do practices ever interfere with specific major I'm interested in?
- Do your players ever go abroad during the year or in the summer? Do players have time to get internships?
- When should we speak again?
- What are the next steps?
- Is there anything else you need from me to further evaluate me?
- Don't be afraid to learn more about the coach's personal life
- When considering competing schools, be careful of stating absolutes, but it's good to be upfront - coaches talk to each other!
To view additional questions, visit NCAA Questions to ask when choosing a college.
Potential questions a coach may ask you
- Why do you want to go here?
- Be specific and personal. "Because you have good academics" is not a good answer.
- How do you picture your college experience?
- What are your strengths/weaknesses?
- What are you working on?
- The coach wants to know you haven't peaked and you have a plan to continue improving.
- What have you improved on in the the past few years?
- What are your athletic and academic goals - short term and long term?