The most important thing to know about your coach’s role is this—it’s not your high school coach’s job to get you recruited. That’s right. It’s a common misconception that your high school coach should be an integral part of the recruiting process. It’s simply not true, and there are several reasons why not.
Coaches are extremely busy. They’re likely teachers on top of being high school coaches. Both jobs consume plenty of time, and if your coach doesn’t have any free time, they certainly can’t devote much to your recruiting process.
There may be several recruits on your team. You can’t really expect your coach to be a big part of the recruiting process if you’re not the only one on the team that’s going through it.
Your coach may not be as connected as you’d like to think. Coaches may have ties to college coaches in the area or at their alma mater, but that may be the extent of their reach. College recruiting is a national endeavor, and relying on your high school coach may significantly limit your search.
A Coach’s Responsibility
Your high school coach is an important contributor to your development as an athlete, but the coach is also the most important character reference that you have.
College coaches rely on high school coaches to provide honest evaluations of a player’s attitude and work ethic. A college coach may even ask if an athlete’s parents are easy to deal with. Your high school coach’s honest response to these concerns can be a big factor in the recruiting process.
What This Means to the Recruit
Establishing a good relationship with your high school coach is important in so many ways. It can aid in your athletic development, and it can ensure that your coach will provide you with an excellent reference.
There are several ways to foster an excellent relationship with your coach.
- Communicate with your coach from day one. Meet with the coach and find out what he/she expects from you.
- If you have a misunderstanding or disagreement with your coach, ask to meet with them right away to clear it up. Being proactive shows your maturity level and character.
- Respect your coach. Mutual respect can help ensure positive interaction during your high school athletic career.
John Moore, a former DIII assistant coach, further describes the high school coach's role in the recruiting process.
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