Do NCAA Division III college soccer coaches have magic crystal balls that they gaze into and see all of those high school student-athletes that are interested in coming to their programs? The answer is of course not. The thing that a student-athlete has to realize is that coaches won’t know that you are interested in their school until you contact them and let them know. The student-athlete has to initiate the process.
Student-athletes will say time and again saying things like “Why doesn’t this coach call me?” or “Why haven’t I gotten an email from this school?” College coaches don’t know if you are interested unless you tell them!
There are lots of ways to get in touch with the coach of the schools that hold your interest. One of the primary ways is to send an email. It is great because coaches can usually access their email from anywhere at any time day or night.
What should you include in your email? The important facts:
- Graduation Year
- Email address
- Home/cell phone numbers
- Home address
- Contact names and info for references (club/high school coaches)
- Intended major (if you know it)
- Position(s) that you play
- GPA/SAT/ACT scores
- Club team info
- High school team info
If you are playing in any upcoming competitions—club tourneys, high school games, etc.,—include that info as well. Also if you have a profile on a website like GotSoccer or BeRecruited, let the coach know so that they can track you.
Another great option is to complete a Prospective Student Athlete Questionnaire. Most schools have these set up on their athletic department website and these should go to the soccer coach. You want to put in as much info as you can so the coach can get a good picture of who you are.
Pick up the telephone and make a call. If you don’t get to speak directly with the coach, be sure to leave a message with a phone number and the best time to call you back. Don’t try to leave a detailed message with too much info.
Some other ways to get coaches to notice you are these:
- Schedule a visit to campus and meet with the coach directly
- Go to an Open House that the college is hosting
- Attend a soccer camp at the college or find one the coach will be attending
- Attend a college fair at your school and talk to the admissions rep from the college of your choice
For most coaches at the NCAA Division III level, there are limited resources available to the coaching staff with regards to the recruiting budget. (Even Division I and II colleges have limited budgets, they are just usually bigger than those at the Division III level.) They need to allocate those resources as efficiently as they can to maximize their results.
The bottom line is this— the initial burden is on YOU to let college coaches know that you are interested in their program. If you don’t, they are much less likely to find you and recruit you.