September 24, 2008
Question from Happy
What is the best way for a player to approach a coach or program when it comes to recruiting. Should that players/parents contact coaches or should their high school coaches. Also, how much weight does a players "summer ball" coach weight into the equation. Thanks and good luck.
Response from Head Coach John McCormack
Thanks for your email. There is no right or wrong way to approach a college coach. I think letters and emails are good to gain some interest, but you have to get in front of them so they can see you play. Go to there camp, attend a showcase that they will be working, or ask for a tryout (this prohibited by DI schools). In addition a lot of recruiting is done in the summer and the fall due to the compressed spring schedule, so they better summer team you play the better chances you will be seen. The summer ball coach carries weight as does the HS coach. In this environment the summer coach spends more time with them during the year with length of the summer/fall schedules as well as the overnight trips. They usually have a pretty good handle on there talent and makeup. I hope this helps.