Athletes that get recruited know that at some point it is necessary to email a college coach. This brief communication is crucial to your recruiting because needs to be short but detailed enough to give the coach enough information to put you on the recruiting radar. So, if writing isn’t your strong-suit or your unsure of what to include this blog will help.
The format I’m sharing with you is great for the initial email to college coaches. However, if a coach contacts you this email will work, but you need to add one extra detail. That detail is to ALWAYS thank the coach for contacting you. Do this in the introduction of the email. Also its a good idea to include how the coach contacted you. For example, “Thank you for taking the time to contact me… write me…..email me..send me a postcard…”
Now, on to the 6 important details. Here’s what should be included.
1. Introduce yourself
Name, City, State,
2. Give them some specifics about you
- graduation year, sport, position, academic interest
- I attended the [camp/combine] on [date]
3. Tell them something about their program and/or college (some brief research will help )
Ex. “Your school has both a great [sport] team but also a top-notch [subject] program”
4. Request information about the college’s athletic and academic programs be sent to your home
Ex. “I would like to know more about your athletic program and the academic programs offered at [name of the school]”
5. Include address and phone number in your signature.
- Name, address, phone
6. Help them connect with you on social media
- hyperlink your Twitter handle or Facebook profile info at the bottom of your signature.
Again, remember to keep this email short. Its not necessary to be long winded. Truthfully, no more than two paragraphs is necessary.
One other tip. As your recruiting gets more serious a longer email will be necessary. I’ll show you what to include for that email in another blog.