How To Shine In College Coach Emails

How To Shine In College Coach Emails

1. Always Write In A Positive Tone

When writing college coach emails, whether you’re introducing yourself, sending one of many updates or asking for feedback after a difficult game, keep your communications positive. That includes being mature, taking responsibility, and always finding the good in a situation.

For example, you will often invite coaches to see you play so they can evaluate you. It’s not uncommon to have a bad game or to struggle in their presence. Your emotional self may think that you just blew your opportunity at those schools, but that isn’t true! Coaches welcome an opportunity to evaluate how you will handle a bad play, game or day. Having a bad game is the perfect time to show off your maturity and resilience. Everyone has bad days, even the coach’s themselves! You can impress them by owning it in your follow up emails and letting them know that you continue to grow from every experience, not just the good ones. It might look like this;

            “Although I struggled during the game, I’m grateful for the opportunity to work on my resilience and staying positive for my teammates. I realize that every time I’m on the court, it’s an opportunity to grow, either technically or emotionally (sometimes both). I’m so excited for our next game (insert date / location here) and hope you will be able to attend!”

2. Write Efficiently

Your emails should contain only the information necessary for that message. Whether you’re inviting coaches to a game to evaluate you (include date, time, location), sharing a highlight video or asking to meet coaches on campus, keep it short and sweet. College coaches read hundreds of emails a week. They don’t have time to read a rambling message.

3. Send Update Emails On A Regular Basis

Until a coach tells you that they are either not recruiting your position or are not interested in you for their team, keep writing – regularly. Underclassmen (freshmen / sophomores) should send an email to coaches once every 8 – 10 weeks. Juniors should send an email to coaches once a month (more during club season or competitions). Seniors should reach out every 7-14 days to help them find opportunities, if they haven’t found the right one yet.

Coaches are more likely to respond if there is a question in your email, so ask one! Here are some sample questions to ask coaches, depending on the situation;

  • What events will you and your staff be recruiting at this year?
  • Do you have any camps coming up that you will be hosting or attending?
  • If you were able to attend my game, do you have any feedback for me?
  • When do you plan on making recruiting decisions for the 2023 (your) class?
  • What positions are you recruiting for the 2023 (your) class?
  • What qualities are you looking for in a [your position]?

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