Updated: Mar 12, 2019
There is never a bad time to contact a college coach and no written rule on when you should make your first contact. One way to practice talking with coaches or seeing which emails get the best responses is to reach out to coaches that are not on the top of your list to allow you to practice before you reach out to your dream school.
There are a variety of ways that you can contact college coaches, some are more widely used than other. Here at RecruitChute, we found that Email, Phone Call, and Direct Message are the top three most effective ways to contact a college coach.
Email is a great way to contact college coaches but not always the most effective. With an abundance of recruiting services that just mass email college coaches, their inbox is usually full of messages and very hard to filter through – making it paramount that your email stands out! You can attach soccer resumes, cover letters, links to highlight tapes, and much more in your email to make sure that coach has all the information they need. If you do choose to introduce yourself to a college coach via email, make sure you leave a positive first impression.
A call may not be the most common method of contacting a college coach, but it is certainly one of the most effective. Current college coaches state that only 1 in 5 recruits have ever contacted them by phone compared to a whopping 5 out of 5 by email.
Calling a college coach can be nerve racking and therefore it is advised to practice what you will say prior to making the call. If you have a list of 25 colleges that you are interested in attending, start from the bottom of the list and work your way up. As you become more and more confident you will become smoother in what you say.
If a college coach does not answer, it is imperative to leave a voicemail and remember to state the following:
- Graduation year
- The reason for calling
- Your telephone number
- When you will call back
Due to NCAA regulations, a college coach may be unable to call you back if you are below the threshold, so when you leave a voicemail you can let a college coach know when you will be calling back.
Key Tip: If a college coach does call you back, remember to answer in a professional manor and have a professional sounding voicemail set up for if you don’t answer.
Contacting a coach via direct message is a relatively new concept and not all coaches will be as receptive as other to this method. As a general rule, coaches do not want to be direct messaged on personal social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. However, any of the hundreds of college coaches nationwide that have registered with RecruitChute, a soccer recruiting social network, have opted in for this method and will be expecting messages from athletes.
The main advantages in using direct messages rather than email or calling, is that a coach is able to respond at their convenience, and your message will not be instantly deleted or forgotten about like so many emails.
When introducing yourself via direct message, you can keep the initial message much shorter than if you were sending an email as the coach will be able to click on to your online profile to learn much of the information they need.