With RecruitChute, getting in touch with college coaches has never been easier! However, knowing what to say may be a bit of a challenge. How much information should you put in the first message? What are the important highlights that you should include? Should you have different messages for each coach?
Thankfully, RecruitChute has found the best formula on how to message coaches – from introducing yourself, sending a follow up message, and responding to a college coach. It can be an easy process once you get the hang of it!
We also threw in a couple of examples of what messages can look like! Of course, if you don’t like what you see, make it your own! The most important part of messaging a college coach is that your personality shines through the screen.
Before sending a message to any college coach, you should do some research. Make sure that for each college you are writing a message that it is unique to their team and school – it will help you stand out better! Be sure to review/include information about their roster, the campus, and other relevant information you think will help you out!
Next step is to gather all your important information that you want to include. This is the part where you get to pick what you think coaches will find interesting when evaluating you! The things you should always include are:
· High School name, graduation year, GPA
· Sports-specific stats
· Contact Info: your phone number and email
Make sure to include why you want to be a part of their team and what makes you different from the rest. It is better to include information you found from your research and use it to your advantage. It is important that you thank coaches ahead of time for reading the message. Remember that coaches may not be able to message you back, so don’t be discouraged.
Here is an Introduction Message to follow:
Hi Coach Smith,
My name is Joe Bloggs, a 2022 graduate from Florida High School in Naples, FL. I am a forward on Florida Soccer Team and I am interested in attending State College because of the school’s academic reputation and strong men’s soccer team.
On the field, I have been the leading goal scorer for Florida Soccer Team the last three seasons and I have also played varsity for one year for my high school, making the all-conference team this past season. I plan to study Engineering in college and State College has a really strong undergraduate engineering program I am interested in.
I’d like to invite you to review my RecruitChute profile which will provide you with my club’s contact information, my academic standing, and my highlight tape.
Do you have any upcoming ID Camps that I would be able to attend on your campus or other events that you will be attending?
Follow Up Message
College coaches are very busy people, which is why it is important to send a follow up message. It shows that you are interested in being a part of their team, but also proves that you are an individual who is proactive. If you want to stand out of the crowd, make sure you send a follow up message.
Example of a Follow Up Message
Dear Coach Smith,
Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me about personal improvements I can make for my offensive position! I will continue to work on them in the future.
I just wanted to follow up and let you know I’m very interested in your program still. I noticed you are graduating 5 seniors this year and I would love to help bridge the gap left by those departing seniors.
I recently updated my online recruiting profile with new highlight film, along with my GPA (3.7), ACT (27), and personal statement. Here is a link: [Link to online recruiting profile].
I also just sent you a friend request on Facebook and started following you on Twitter. I’d love to stay connected throughout your recruiting process. I plan on calling you tomorrow at 5 p.m. CT. to talk further. Thank you for your time in advance!
Responding to Coaches Messages
It is very exciting when a coach messages you back, but remember to keep it professional. Make sure to build a good rapport with coaches so you can stand out of the crowd of messages. Plus, it is a good way of getting to know more about the program and school if you aren’t totally sold on one.
Example of Responding to Coaches Messages
Dear Coach Smith,
Thank you for sending your recruiting questionnaire! I have been following your team’s success, and I think I would be a great fit on your team.
My name is John Smith and I’m a striker on the Elite Soccer Club team in Illinois. I’m currently a starter for the team, and my biggest asset is that I’m a team player who focuses both on the field and in the classroom. I’m currently in the top 5% of my class with a 4.0 GPA and a 32 ACT.
You can view my profile for more information about my athletic and academic qualifications, as well as my skills video here: [Link to recruitchute profile].
I will call you tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. CST to discuss further, if that time works for you. Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you!
The hardest part about speaking with coaches is getting the ball rolling. Once you message a couple of college coaches, it will be a breeze speaking with them. Just remember to keep your messages true to who you are, that you include important information they might find valuable, and to stand out from the crowd!