Calling College Coaches: How to utilize phone calls to maximize your scholarship opportunities.
College coaches receive more texts, emails, and tweets than ever before so how else can we use communication to make ourselves known to a college coach? Making phone calls to college coaches can be extremely impactful. Taking time to sit down, do your research and make calls to college coaches can be a great way to stand out from the crowd.
When should I start making calls to college coaches?
The best time to begin calling college coaches you are interested in speaking with is after you’ve sent your introduction email. As per NCAA recruiting rules D1/D2 coaches are not allowed to answer or return your call until after June 15th. After their sophomore year or September 1st of their junior year, so make sure you keep this in mind when you’re making these calls as if it doesn’t sit within these guidelines a college coach will not be able to speak with you.
Although coaches cant call you yet, they are still building out their recruitment class, so make sure that your online profile is the best it can be so you make a solid first impression.
What should I say to college coaches?
- Introduction, why are you calling the coach?
- Why are you interested in joining their program?
- What would you like to know about their program?
To help you get a better idea of how the initial conversation should go we’ve put together a little template for you!
“Hi Coach Evans, my name is John Smith and I’m a shooting guard at Waterhead Academy in Chicago IL. I recently sent you an email with my highlight video attached and wanted to follow up with you. Do you have a few minutes to talk right now?”
Questions to ask college coaches
When you’re calling college coaches, you need to have a list of questions prepared to ask them. We’ve included some questions below to ask college coaches to determine if their school is a good academic, athletic and financial fit for you:
- Do you offer majors I’m interested in? (Include your major of interest)
- Does your team have an academic advisor and/or tutoring available to athletes?
- What is the typical class size on campus?
- Do most of your players graduate?
Athletics / Recruiting Process
- How is your recruiting class looking so far?
- What’s the best way to update you on my progress?
- Where do you typically evaluate recruits?
- If I come to your school for an unofficial visit, would you be able to meet with me?
- How many players for my position will you be recruiting this year?
Scholarships and Financial Aid
- How many scholarships do you have available for my graduation year?
- What happens if I get injured? Will I lose my scholarship?
- Are there work–study programs I can sign up for?
- What type of academic and athletic scholarships are available for student-athletes?
- Does the school offer additional financial aid?
- Who is the main point of contact in the financial aid office