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How High School Coaches Impact College Scholarship Searches for Their Athletes

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The following is a post by Chris Burget, a head scout at NCSA Athletic Recruiting, who regularly contributes to our blog.. Chris played football at the University of Arizona, where he received a full scholarship. You can also find Chris on Twitter @Coach_Chris99. You can talk to Chris and other football scouts about your football recruiting process and how you can maximize your chances of getting a football scholarship.

As a head scout for NCSA and former scholarship athlete, I have the opportunity every day to work with high school student-athletes and their families all over the world. From Israel to England to Canada to down the road in Sun Valley, Idaho a student-athlete’s decision on which university to attend is one of the most important decisions he or she will make.

Only 1 percent of student-athletes earn a Division I full ride. More than 94 percent of college athletics programs are outside of Division I.

That means I see how high school coaches impact college scholarship searches all the time.

High school coaches have the important responsibility to bring out the best in young athletes and help guide them in the recruiting process.

It doesn’t matter if it’s football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, soccer, rowing or any of the other sports you can play in college. Athletes I speak with daily tell me they rely on both their high coaches as well as highlight video, social media and verified third parties to help them navigate the recruiting process.

High school (and club!) coaches are aware of the rising costs of college tuition for their athletes and the ever important role of athletic scholarships. Many coaches have solid relationships with local college coaches, and many more use verified third parties to help verify stats and create online profiles to show case the best talent and connect the athletes with college coaches.

Learn more about the high school coach’s role in the recruiting process.

High school coaches do more than just teach the game.

The role of today’s coach is so much more than a teacher of the game — but a teacher of life.

The life-long lessons and the impact coaches can have on athletes can be the difference between success in the real world or not.

Your high school coaches can give you a leg up — but they can’t do recruiting for you.

This is a tough point to hear: There are so many athletes who are hungry for that college position, and are proactively putting their bios online. And some elite high schools have the budgets to invest millions into their schools and athletic facilities, particularly for sports like football; schools like Bishop Gorman in Nevada and IMG in Florida have state of the art facilities and attract the best talent around the world.

Often, this helps players at those schools in other ways, as well. For example, my alma mater, Servite High School in Anaheim, California, has invested in both their campus and athletic venues but also in the student athlete creating the Freshman Formation focusing on the complete student experience to help develop the whole person body and soul.

But so what if you don’t have the most state of the art facility? Or your school doesn’t have a huge budget for your athletic program? All it takes is a passion for the sport and the will to move ahead.

Looking back on my career, my biggest influencers behind my parents were my high school coaches.

Yes, the recruiting process has dramatically changed over the last thirty years. When I was looking at schools there was no social media, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or cell phones. Today’s technology has clearly changed the recruiting process, allowing kids in small towns across the country to connect with athletic and academic scholarships allowing athletes to follow their passions and compete at the next level.

But at the heart of the recruiting process it’s still this: a student-athlete with a dream, and their support team — in the center of which are the high school coaches.


Your coach can help in the recruiting process through their NCSA dashboard, but you don’t need to wait for them. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.

About the author
Andy McKernan

Andy McKernan is the content strategist at NCSA Athletic Recruiting. A content marketer with a background in creative writing, Andy brings several years of experience to NCSA.