Having troubles researching colleges and their athletic program?
Here is my recommendation for what I believe is the best data base of college coaches available.
Are Recruiting Services the answer?
As a former college coach, I saw a lot of prospective athletes who paid too much money for recruiting services. It bothered me to see parents throwing money at the process and then sitting back and trusting the recruiting service to get their child into college.
There is a place for tools to help you along the journey, but they don’t replace the grit and determination it takes to find a college and roster spot.
I know there are a few coaches who use recruiting services and read the emails that come in the hundreds from recruiting services, but the truth is MOST DON’T.
If not Recruiting Services, then what?
I hope you can see I want to provide enough information to guide you through the entire recruiting process without spending a penny.
However, I have also been searching for services and tools that I can recommend to make your job easier. There may be areas you can’t handle alone; there may be times it’s easier to pay someone than do it all yourself.
I am also in the process of creating online courses to fill in the gaps. More about those coming soon!
Here is a tool that I think provides great value:
I am pleased to announce a tool that will be helpful to many of you. College Coaches Online has put together a software with a database of every college and sport program. It is user friendly, super accurate and priced well.
College Coaches Online does not do your work for you, but it speeds up the research process exponentially. It will open your eyes to colleges in your region you did not even know existed.
Recruiting services often claim to know all the coaches and can provide you the contact information you need. My advice is skip them. These services will charge you hundreds or thousands of dollars. College Coaches Online does not purport to have a relationship with coaches. It does not promise you anything. But it provides you with all the information a recruiting service would.
At your fingertips you will have the tool many recruiting services actually use behind the scenes to do “research” for you. It is the tool the NCAA uses to double check its accuracy on contact information.
College Coaches Online can give you the contact information and website for every single sport in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. And it can do this for a monthly subscription of $19.95 or a year for $59.95. A month might be all you need. Certainly you won’t need more than a year.
It gets even better. College Coaches Online has supplied a promotional code for Recruiting Code readers. The online form has a promotion code box. Make sure to type in RCODE123 and you will receive $5 off your purchase.
Imagine jump starting the research phase of your recruiting process for as little as $14.95 (with the promo code). The value of the College Coaches Online product is that it is a time saver. You could do all of the work yourself for free. But for those of you who are stuck, or don’t want to spend the time tracking down every website or email address: this is for you.
Thanks to Andy from College Coaches Online, I have gotten to go inside the subscription and “play” with the software. I have spent time figuring out how it works and what it can do across multiple sports. I have vetted it for you. The functionality is smooth and easy. It is self explanatory. In minutes you will be able to see all of the information you need about colleges and contact information.
Remember, this is an informational software. It will not send out emails for you. It will help you gather the information you need quickly. Then the real work, contacting coaches, begins. And you do it yourself.
Speaking for themselves
Here is what www.collegecoachesonline.com says on their website,
“If your goal is to receive an athletic scholarship or have the opportunity to compete in college athletics and receive an outstanding college education, College Coaches OnlineSM can be a great tool to help you!
We are not a recruiting service! We endorse the “Do it Yourself” approach to college and university selection. There are many valuable “self help” books on the market that give a step by step guide for the student athlete. However, obtaining the names of coaches and identifying schools which match your academic and athletic skills is a very time consuming process.
College Coaches OnlineSM not only saves countless hours researching colleges and universities, but allows you to narrow your focus of schools quickly. We can help student-athletes find the colleges and universities that match their academic and athletic ability, while allowing you to select a school size, cost and location.”
To be transparent, I receive a small commission from College Coaches Online if you purchase their service. The good news, they offer you a discount because you are my reader and it helps me fund the work I do getting all the free content and interviews to you!
I would not recommend this to you if I did not think it was worth every penny. Again, College Coaches Online service is not for all of you.
For those of you who want to save time, make sure you don’t miss any colleges and get a jump start on the research portion of the process, College coaches online will be well worth it.
If you use it, I would love to hear back from you about your experience with it.