Communicating With Coaches
Communicating with CoachesRemember to be yourself and take your time in answering questions.
ALWAYS do your research - online and word of mouth - before contacting a coach.
More questions you might ask a college coachIt'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?
- i.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!
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 the past few years?
- What are your athletic and academic goals - short term and long term?