Coaches Corner: 3 College Coaches Discuss The Recruiting Process

Recruiting is competitive. Think of all the other athletes out there wanting a chance to play their sport at the college level. Recruits need to find ways to stand out. College coaches are going to be more interested in athletes who have been actively reaching out to them and are knowledgeable about their program.

Coaches Corner: 3 College Coaches Discuss The Recruiting Process

The athletic recruiting process is time-consuming, confusing, and very difficult if one doesn’t know where to start. An online recruiting profile is very important to have college coaches view academic and athletic abilities. UnderRecruited Preps connects student-athletes to college coaches and teaches them about the athletic recruiting process

Coaches Corner: Minnesota State University-Mankato Assistant Football Coach Kevin Sanger

“The best things high school student-athletes can do to get their name out there are to attend camps & clinics, get on college campuses and meet coaches, emails, and recruiting services aren’t a bad option either as far as getting their names out there and help you get exposure.”

St. Catherine University Head Softball Coach Colleen Powers

“I think the biggest way that you get recruited is you find opportunities for exposure. In softball it’s attending camps and clinics at an institution you’re interested in attending and getting a degree from, it’s going to participate on teams that are in tournaments across the country as well as locally and regionally where coaches are able to see you play, and it’s also investing time and energy in getting to know the process and understanding. Especially at the Division three level it’s a two-way street the institution wants to get to know you, you must get to know the degree programs, the campus, the coaching staff, the current team, the needs of the program, and the future vision of the program as well.”

Concordia University St. Paul Recruiting Coordinator Jake Munkwitz

“There are several different ways at this level. We’re going to reach out to high school coaches in the winter time and in the springtime trying to get a list of guys they feel like can play at the college level, and then we’ll determine how does this guy fit into what we’re doing. Is he going to fit into the schemes and the systems that we try and use you? Another way is we use recruiting services.  I could name a hundred different recruiting services that send out emails that we check their sites on a weekly basis. That’s another way for us to get names, to get film, to evaluate, and to check out things that we may otherwise miss from high school coaches that we don’t get the information from. Maybe a coach is busy or may have a different job and they don’t have time to help their players with the college recruiting process. Those are the two biggest ways is through high school coaches and through recruiting services to try and collect as many names and as much film as we can to evaluate and determine what kind of fit each individual is going to be for what we’re trying to do.”

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