How to Destroy Your College Athletic Career in 1 Easy Step
This is an excerpt from “Notice Me: How to Get College Coaches to Take Notice of You”
How could you possibly destroy your college athletic career while you are still in high school in 1 easy step? There are several ways to jeopardize your college career; social media, lack of talent, bad attitude, and over-the-top parents. But there is one sure way to destroy your college career.
Courtney: “Coaches Will Find Me.”
Several years ago, I was coaching at a Division 3 school. We were not a top Division 3 school or even middle of the pack. We were one of the cellar dwellers of our conference.
On the recruiting trail, I came across a young lady, Courtney (name changed), at a Showcase. It was December of her senior year. Courtney might be the fastest girl I ever coached in 20 years. She had enough talent combined with her speed to score lots of goals. Courtney went on to finish 2nd in the High School State Finals of the 100 meter. The girl who finished third went on to a career in the SEC.
Courtney had two problems. First, she wanted to play soccer, rather than run track. Second, she had a major communication issue: she didn’t ever communicate with anybody that she wanted to play in college. She had the false notion that if she was good enough, coaches would come beating down her door. She had not made her contact information readily available, and not once did she ever call, email, or text a coach. She did not even fill out a questionnaire on a website.
By the time she realized no one was going to swoop in and put her on a roster by magic, I came along. Courtney ended up playing for me for one year. She was totally out of place on my team. She was a Division 1 athlete surrounded by, shall we say, less athletic players.
Fortunately, she found her voice and called a couple Division 1 schools (with my blessing). Her sophomore year she transferred, received a sizable scholarship and started three years at her new school.
She basically wasted a year by being at the wrong school and racked up large student loans. This could have easily been avoided if she had found her voice a couple years earlier.
“Prospects tend to believe that they will be found based on their ability. Sometimes that is the case at the highest club, academy, or youth national team levels but most of the time it doesn’t work that way. Athletes need to do their own research, see which schools are the best fit and then proactively contact the coaches with their schedules, academics, and background.” NCAA Men’s Associate Head Soccer Coach of Oregon State University, Ben Stoddard.
How can you keep this from happening to you?
Unless you are a top tier athlete, college coaches will not know you are alive until you tell them. You must be proactive and get yourself in front of college coaches. “Notice Me: How to Get College Coaches to Take Notice of You” is a step by step guide that provides practical action steps for you to reach out to college coaches and get their attention.
One of the most important tools you have is your first email to a coach. It is not complicated, but if you don’t know what to do, how can you fix it?
I have included a simple how to guide to a great email to introduce yourself and a fill in the blank template to get you going quickly.