As we had discussed in a previous post, your soccer resume is an important tool to have to get yourself recruited by D3 coaches-see Building A Soccer Resume. If you have not created one yet, there is no better time than the present. If you are only a freshman or sophomore, you will be updating this through your high school career.
In practical terms, your resume should be in either Word or PDF format so you can easily email or print copies for coaches that you are contacting. The info should be relevant to your current year in high school—again it is not relevant that you played on the All Conference/All Region/All State/All World Championship Team when you were a U12 player. For all I know your father or uncle coached that team or they just needed a body to fill a roster spot. Plus, if you are a junior or senior, that is five/six years in the past—for a high school soccer player, that is an eternity. What have you done lately?
And for D3 coaches, you can keep it to a minimum because quite honestly we are going to evaluate you by watching you play more so than from your resume. Your resume will get a D3 coach’s attention; your ability on the field will spark a D3 coach’s interest. Your resume will help identify whether you match the typical profile of player that a particular college looks for in student athletes.
When you are interviewing with a college coach, be prepared to answer some difficult questions. My favorite question to ask recruits is “Why would I want you on my team?” This question provides the student-athlete an opportunity to sell themselves to the coach. Since one of the big components of D3 coaching is teaching life lessons through athletics, this is the kind of question student athletes will face when going on job interviews. The only difference is that they frame the question as “Tell me about yourself.”
The key to a good interview, as with many things in life is to come prepared. In this case, you need to do some research about the coach, his/her school, the soccer program as well as yourself. It is very important to know, understand, and be able to articulate your strengths and weaknesses on and off the field when interviewing with a D3 college coach. It is important to get to know yourself and be comfortable talking about yourself (and promoting yourself) to D3 coaches. From my experience, this is a hard thing to do for a lot of kids!
The bottom line is this—good preparation will help you be successful in the recruiting process (and other areas of life as well). Preparing a solid resume as well as taking the time to prep for interviews will make you feel much for relaxed and confident. There are no shortcuts!
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