Information on how to contact college coaches and what they need to know about you.

WHAT COLLEGE COACHES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU


The Athletic Scholarships Page lists colleges and universities, by state, in alphabetical order. After the name of each college or university, you will find two links; one to the intercollegiate athletics page of the college or university, another to either an online questionnaire to submit to coaches or a website with coaches' email addresses. In some instances, you will find both an online student-athlete questionnaire and a list of coaches' email addresses.

Most online student-athlete questionnaires are very straightforward. All you'll need to do is provide the information called for as completely and accurately as possible.

If you use a coach's email address to send him or her an email, we recommend that you:

  • do not contact coaches before the beginning of your junior year.

  • address the coach by name

  • use the name of the college or university when expressing your interest

  • include, in resume form, your complete name, postal address, area code and telephone number, email address, high school name with complete address, year of high school graduation, prospective college major field of study, your position(s) or event(s), your years of junior varsity and varsity experience, your relevant statistics, academic/athletic/community service awards and honors won, and your current coach's name and full contact information.

  • provide information about your GPA, ACT or SAT scores, and any honors, gifted, or AP courses you have taken or plan to take.

  • include a statement about the level at which your current coach believes you have the ability to compete (Division I, Division II, etc.). Even better, if your coach believes you can compete at the college or university in question, say so (but avoid sounding "cocky").

  • offer to provide complete statistics and film (if available).

  • offer to provide a schedule of your games or meets.

  • thank the coach for his or her consideration.

  • check your grammar and spelling carefully.

  • offer to provide recommendations and academic credentials.

  • save and send the email again if you have no response within a month.

If you receive no response to your second email or online questionnaire submission, you might want to try postal mail. Not everyone is comfortable with email, and technical difficulties sometimes prevent online questionnaires and emails from reaching their intended recipients.

Many coaches hear from hundreds or even thousands of students each year who are looking for athletic scholarships and/or an opportunity to compete in intercollegiate athletics. As a result, it is important that you communicate effectively with coaches, and understand that it may take some time before you receive a response from them.