Can you imagine what it might feel like to miss an opportunity to speak with a high profile college coach from the college you’ve been dreaming about for years? What kind of disappointment would you feel knowing you missed the call, because you didn’t take the time to set up your voicemail. So instead, after 4 rings the only voice the coach heard is the auto-response “the voicemail feature has not been set up yet.” Click.
When compared to text messages and other forms of communication, voicemail may seem irrelevant. Be that as it may, it remains a useful tool for recruiting. Voicemails are consequential during the contact period especially when coaches are allowed to call prospective student athletes.
It begs the question. As an athlete, when calling a college coach it is likely that the coach will be busy so a voice-message will need to be left. When the situation is reversed, why then would you not want to give the coach the same opportunity to leave a message for you when he/she returns your call?
The goal is to take advantage of the opportunity in the lifetime of the opportunity. Recruiting is about opportuniites! Many times you only get one. Few coaches will wait around for athletes. Time is too precious. Most coaches will simply move on to another recruit.
It would be a shame to lose an opportunity to talk with a college coach just because the coach was not able to leave a message. So please take 5 minutes to set up your voicemail.
Coach Mike oversees the the recruiting of talented next-level athletes to develop a recruiting strategy to get seen, scouted and recruited. As a coach with over 20 years of experience, and a as former college athlete, Mike now mentors families through the academic, athletic and financial aspects of college recruiting.
Coach Mike – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 805-622-STAR