It is time once again to revisit the very important topic of emailing college coaches. As tournament season gears up, you as a player need to start contacting the coaches of the D3 colleges that you are looking to attend. It is most important to understand that the responsibility of this is on the player— not your parents, not your high school coach or some other person. It is the player’s responsibility! D3 college coaches do not know that you are interested until you contact them.
Previously, we discussed some important facets when emailing college coaches and some important do’s and don’ts when contacting them (see “How To Write A Good Email To A College Coach”). Things like being concise, personalizing your emails (don’t mass email coaches), and providing necessary information were some important details.
Additionally, some other important reminders about sending emails.
1) Don’t cc: a bunch of coaches: I can’t emphasize this enough, because I still get these all the time. There is nothing worse than getting an email that is addressed to me and 20 other coaches. We understand if you are interested in other schools, but if you are truly interested in my school, you want to send something individually to me. Take the time to personalize your emails; avoid sending them to “Dear Coach”.
2) Check the details in your email: I cannot tell you how many times I have received emails that are addressed to me and have my name, but then the student-athlete puts down the name of a different university in the body of the email. Make sure that you have all the info right!
3) Keep it to the facts: We all know that you love soccer and that soccer is an intrinsic part of the very fiber of your being—without it you would just shrivel up and waste away to nothing. However, let’s keep it real—- tell me your name, graduation year, references, intended major, position, contact information and so forth. Just the important stuff; if we get a chance to talk in person, you can tell me all about how much you love soccer.
3) Proof read your emails. If you can’t, have someone proof read them for you. Check your spelling and grammar to make sure that everything is correct— you are applying to college, you should be able to write complete, coherent sentences. Emails filled with spelling mistakes and errors in grammar are frustrating to read and do not reflect well on the author.
The bottom line is this— email is a frequent form of communication that you are going to use throughout the recruiting process. Especially at the D3 level where we do not have scholarships to offer, only contact those schools that you are interested in attending. When emailing, take the time to get it right!
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