It used to be that a high school coach was the most important person in an athlete’s recruiting process. It was their job to have established relationships with the colleges in the region and they would contact these schools on behalf of their athletes. With college coaches changing jobs more frequently, colleges recruiting nationwide/internationally and spread of travel teams, high school coaches don’t play the same role in an athlete’s recruiting process as they used to. It is not your coaches job to get you recruited.
Most Colleges are Now Recruiting Nationwide
With the advent of online video and databases of athlete profiles, colleges are recruiting athletes from across the country and internationally. It used to be that coaches recruited the majority of their athletes from their local region because it was the best way to use their limited recruiting budget. Now, coaches can watch film of athletes online, visit one showcase event and watch teams from across the country and request info on athletes from national athlete databases (like ours). This means the old relationship between a local high school/club team coach and the local university aren’t as important as they used to be.
Your Coach Might Not Have Any Experience in Recruiting
The majority of high programs don’t have very many (if any) athletes go on to play at the college level. This is especially true for athletes that go on to play at the major DI level. If your school or team doesn’t have a track record of getting athletes to the next level, don’t expect that coach to have a lot of experience in the recruiting process. This doesn’t mean you should only be looking for a high school that sends a lot of athletes to college (you need to go to the right school for you), but that you should understand your coaches experience level with getting recruited.
They Can’t Get Every Athlete Recruited
In my experience, coaches are usually willing to help an athlete in the recruiting process (how much varies on the coach) but they don’t have the time to “get you recruited.” On top of their work as a coach and family obligations, they don’t have the hours of work needed to contact colleges and find interested programs for all of their athletes. Your coach’s job is to be a great reference for you and help colleges with things like getting film and academic info. It is your job to generate interest from schools you think you would like to attend.
Establish Recruiting Guidelines Before Recruiting Starts
The number one reason athletes/families and coaches have issues around recruiting is because the topic usually isn’t discussed until it is very late in the process. You need to discuss what you want from the recruiting process before the recruiting process starts. With recruiting starting your freshman year or earlier, this means you need to be talking to your high school/club coaches as soon as you are in high school.
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