How to email college coaches
Sending an intro email to a college coach is usually the best way to get your fit in the door and get a coach to make their evaluation of you. However, as time goes on, getting in contact with a college coach is becoming harder and harder. Coaches receive thousands of emails every day so grabbing their attention can be difficult. This means it is extra important for your email to be attention-grabbing, clear, and concise allowing you to maximize your chances of a coach paying attention to you.
What should my subject line be when contacting a college coach?
The subject line is the first thing a coach is going to see, so without an eye-catching title, a coach most likely won’t read your email. So how do we go about catching the attention of a coach?
When creating your subject line there a few things to think about: What is important to the coach? Do you play for a team or come from a program known for producing talent that could perhaps catch their attention? Have you had an incredible year and have a stat line that may be of interest to them? Or maybe you’re amazing in the classroom and have a really good GPA/SAT/ACT. These are all things that you could include in your subject line but lets try and keep it less than 50 characters.
Here are a few examples to consider when creating your subject line for emailing college coaches:
- 2022 SG, 6’6 State Champ, 3 ACT
- 2021 ST/LW, Man Utd Academy
- 2023 OPP, Premier VB Academy, 4.0 GPA
What should my email to college coaches say?
Much like your subject line it is important for your email to grab their attention. Research can be huge for this. Coaches hate receiving a copy and pasted/mass email so try and avoid doing that. Keep your email short and sweet and sprinkle in a bit of information about the school/athletic program so they know you care, try and be personal. Think of it like dating, you don’t want to come off to strong on the 1st date do you! You’re going to be spending potentially four years with this program so its important you learn about the coach and develop a relationship so that you feel comfortable when time comes to begin your athletic career.
Here is an example of how you should open an email:
Ive been researching your program and I noticed that you will be graduating 3 seniors this year. I also noticed that your 3PT% is down this year as compared to previous years. I shot 57% from deep this year and would love to help bridge the gap left by those departing seniors.”
Remember, your first email doesn’t have to be crazy long. Its just an introduction letting the coach know you are interested and you’ve done your research. Attaching your best film is important. Your highlight video is going to be the coach’s first impression of you as a player and will be the decision-maker as to whether or not he decides to continue this conversation.
Here is an example of how the remainder of your email should look.
Ive been researching your program and I noticed that you will be graduating 3 seniors this year. I also noticed that your 3PT% is down this year as compared to previous years. I shot 57% from deep this year and would love to help bridge the gap left by those departing seniors.
My name is John Smith and I’m a 6’7” forward at Waterhead Academy in Chicago, IL. We won the state championship this year and I am a four-year varsity starter. I think that I would be a great addition to your program.
You can find my athletic and academic information, highlight video, and reference from my coach on my online profile at: [link to NextUp profile].
Online Profile: [link to NextUp profile]
Phone number: 555-555-5555