Emailing a College Coach - The Do's and Don'ts
Wednesday, November 7, 2012  |  In Recruiting Tips

Contacting college coaches via email is a vital activity in the recruitment process. It is the initial impression a coach will have of you. At CS Hoops, we believe sending emails to schools that “fit” you as a student-athlete can greatly impact your exposure and recruitment.

We have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts that we feel will help guide you to writing effective emails.

The Don’ts

  • Sending emails blindly to every school in the country is an extremely time consuming task. Do your research first before emailing anyone.  This is what the CS Hoops database is for. Research each school, get to know more about the program and coach, and save schools to your recruiting boards before sending any emails.
  • Do not contact a school just because of the name. Too many times players and their families focus on the schools they have heard of and not on the schools that actually might be the right fit.
  • When writing an email do not always contact the head coach. Mix it up and contact an assistant. Sometimes they might be easier to reach since they typically handle the intial recruitment process.
  • Do not overwrite in your email. Coaches have limited time. They will decide who fits into their program and their system.  Be concise and state the reason for your email, quickly.

The Do’s

  • Start off each email by introducing yourself. Give your name, where you are from, your graduating class year, and current playing position.
  • State the reason you are writing them and why you are interested in their school. Show the coach you have done your research by letting them know what it is about their program that is most attractive to you.
  • Next, give them a few of your best attributes as a student and an athlete. Give them your position, your height, weight and some key playing statistics along with your current GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
  • Attach a link to your CS Hoops profile. They will be able to see your contact information, a link to your evaluation (if a Pro Plus subscriber), and your game film.
  • Ask them for more information on their program and whether they need additional information from you.
  • Lastly, thank them for their time. They don’t have to read and respond to you so you should thank them when they do.


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