As a parent of a student-athlete, you know the recruiting process is overwhelming, confusing, and chaotic. Either you have experienced the recruiting process personally, are experiencing it currently, or will experience it very soon, in which case you have probably heard some stories.
But did you ever think of the recruiting process from a college coach’s perspective? It can be just as challenging for college coaches as it is for parents and student-athletes. Many of the same issues are present.
Here is a short template for how coaches choose who to recruit:
The recruiting process is different for every college coach and program, and, therefore, you can’t always know what they’re looking for unless you ask. If a college isn’t recruiting your daughter, they either don’t know about her, don’t think she is not talented enough, don’t see her as a good fit for their system, or they don’t need her position.
Try not to take it personally when a coach does not recruit your daughter or if the coach stops recruiting her. It’s all part of the process.
It looks simple and easy, but it takes a lot of work, much like that of the student-athletes. When both coaches and student-athletes work hard at the process, the chances of success increase exponentially.
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