To answer this question, I am going to refer to Athletes Wanted – The complete game plan for maximizing athletic scholarship and life potential.
If an athlete is initiating a first contact with a coach through a letter or email, the initial letter should include an introduction, expression of interest in the university, questions, and a copy of the student’s résumé or enhanced video, as well as a link to a highlight, skills, or enhanced video.
Sample First-Time Letter to Coach
Dear Coach Jones,
As a member of the Eclipse soccer club and a freshman varsity starter at Niles North High School, I am beginning my search for a college soccer program where I can make an immediate impact, as well as further develop my skills and strength.
My goal academically is to pursue a degree in medicine, and I am impressed by the pre-med program that Hiram College offers. I also like the small class sizes and professor-to-student ratio. I currently attend a large high school and am looking forward to a more personalized college education.
I know the process is early, but I’m hoping to be considered for your program. Would you be so kind as to send me information about Hiram and a questionnaire?
Enclosed is my profile. I am in the process of putting together a video, and I will send you a link to my video as soon as it is prepared.
As a heads up, I will be at the Disney Showcase and the Las Vegas Shootout, so hopefully you will be able to see me play. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions.
I look forward to continuing the recruitment process with Hiram College.
#3 Eclipse (blue and white jersey)
A minor point—but nevertheless an important one—student-athletes need to be sure they are correctly identifying this year’s coaches. Coaching staffs have high turnover rates, so athletes should make sure that they are looking at a current roster of coaches. Student-athletes should send personalized letters and be selective about who they are targeting. Nothing should ever be addressed, “To Whom It May Concern.” College coaches receive hundred of letters and emails from interested students. If an athlete’s letter appears to be a form letter, it may well be overlooked.