As most soccer student-athletes are now into their fall season, and back at school, this is the prime time to do a temperature check and make sure you’re really staying diligent with your recruiting process. I had the chance to sit down with NCSA Head Soccer Recruiting Coach Jeff Schlicht to go over some top questions student-athletes should be asking college coaches to gauge their interest and uncover options when it comes to academics, playing time, and financial aid.
Jeff is a former DI soccer player, and has been helping student-athletes in the NCSA network for many years. In addition to the questions below, Jeff recommends taking the time to go watch a game this fall at the colleges or universities that interest you. If it’s not possible to attend a game, check out the school’s website to see if they offer online streaming or game watch.
How to tell if a coach is interested in you as an athlete
- Are you looking for (your position) for the (your grad year) class?
- How many recruits are you looking to bring in for (your grad year)?
- Have you had a chance to look at my video or have you seen me play live?
- What tournaments / showcases will you be attending this fall? Can I send you my schedule?
- Would I be an ideal recruit for your program? Can you see me playing for you?
- Am I one of your top 1 or 2 recruits for (your grad year)?
- Can I come on a visit?
- When do you normally start offering (your grad year) players?
- Do you currently have any verbal commitments?
- When do you like to wrap up your (your grad year) class?
How to tell if a coach is interested in giving you a scholarship
Once you’ve figured out a baseline of how interested a coach is in your skills and established a relationship, you can start asking questions that are specific to receiving a scholarship. But these should only get on the table once you have a strong relationship with the coach.
- Based on my athletic ability, would I be eligible for any athletic money?
- Based on my grades and test scores, how much academic money would I be eligible for?
- Are there any outside scholarships I can apply for? (Merit Based, Financial, Grants)
- What is the financial aid process? Does your school have a financial aid forecaster where I can get an estimate on how much I might be eligible for?
- What is the time frame for letting you know if I am coming to your school?
How to get a coach’s help in the application process
These questions will be useful when it’s your senior year and you need to make sure you have all of the paperwork into the school’s admissions office.
- When should I apply?
- How should I apply, coach? Send my application to you or submit online?
- Can you cover the application fee?
These questions are a great way to start building a relationship with coaches. Another way to connect with coaches is to build a recruiting profile where they can search for you online. Get started on yours today.