TIPS FOR CONTACTING COACHES
Getting in touch with a college golf coach can be tricky. Not only is their schedule very demanding, but every year they have hundreds of players from each recruiting class vying for their attention. With so much competition, how do you stand out from the crowd?
Well, before we dive into ways to stand out, remember that scores are the most important factor and likely the first thing coaches will look at when considering a player. While the following tips will help you appeal to college golf coaches, they are not a substitute for scores.
The first step in this process starts as early as your Freshman year in high school. This is the time to begin thinking about qualities you are looking for in a university and make a long list of schools to consider. Things you should be paying attention to in your research include…
- Team results/ranking
- Tournament schedule
- Roster size and class make up – how many seniors will be graduating the year before you arrive?
- Coach’s biography
This info will be useful to determine which programs you should reach out to and will give you discussion topics with coaches.
Once you have a long list of schools to consider it’s time to fire off some emails. We recommend sending your first recruiting email during your Freshman year to introduce yourself to each coach and place you on their radar. Here are some important things to remember for this email…
- Keep it short and concise – if it’s too long it may get skimmed
- Tailor emails to each coach/program – include info from your research to show your commitment to their program and that you’re willing to put in the effort
- Attach resume (read more about college golf resumes here)
Coaches cannot engage in recruiting correspondence until June 15th after your Sophomore year so don’t worry if you don’t get replies right away. Be persistent in your communication and continue to update coaches on your tournament results via email. Here are some things to remember during this phase of communication…
- Coaches generally prefer when the junior takes the lead with communication – not parents or coaches
- Feel free to add context to your results by including stats or a quick analysis of what you learned from each event, but don’t make excuses for poor play
After June 15 (after your Sophomore year) coaches can begin emailing and calling you. This is the time to get to know the coach and begin to narrow down your list of potential schools. Continue to use email as your primary tool to update coaches on your tournament schedule/results, but also try and set up some phone calls with coaches so you can get to know each other. Here are some things to remember when it comes to phone communication…
- Don’t cold call coaches – use email or text to set up calls first
- Stay up to date with the team’s schedule and results – these are good conversation starters and will help you avoid reaching out during team travel/competition
- Be yourself – if you change your personality to appeal to a coach then you might be setting yourself up for failure later on
Golf tournaments are proven way to get noticed by college coaches but they come with a number of limitations. Camps are designed to fill these gaps and provide added value in a variety of other ways.
When you hear “college golf workouts” you probably think stretching, bands, and body weight exercises. While this is true in some cases, most teams go far beyond this.
Every team is different, but expect some combination of qualifying, play days, and structured team practice. This is a good question to ask coaches as you begin your recruiting conversations.
The terms “committing” and “signing” are often used interchangeably to describe accepting an offer to play for a university, but they are not the same. Each comes with it’s own set of advantages and disadvantages that we think you should know about.
Playing tournaments is not just a great way to become a better player, it’s also the best way to increase your “stock” in the eyes of college golf coaches. The truth is, coaches don’t really care what you shoot in practice rounds or even what your handicap is…they want to see tournament results!
A college golf resume is your opportunity to make a good first impression and communicate the critical information that coaches are looking for.