As a junior golfer in the midst of the
recruiting process, you probably find yourself
writing a number of emails to college coaches in
an effort to gain their attention. The
recruiting process requires you to be proactive
in your communication with coaches and that can
come in various forms. A good way to
differentiate yourself in the recruiting process
is to initiate a phone call to a college coach.
This demonstrates to a coach that you are being
proactive in the college process as well as
displaying a high level of maturity and
independence. Phone calls should only be
initiated once you have thoroughly researched
the school/golf program, evaluated your golf and
academic profile to ensure you are closely
aligned to that particular school’s requirements
and emailed your introductory letter and resume
to the coach. Once these actions have been
executed, a follow up phone call to confirm the
coach has received your information would be
appropriate. Introducing yourself “live” can be
a great way to further express your interest in
the school/golf program, learn more about the
coach and team as well as what the coach expects
from a prospective student-athlete.
As a reminder, a prospective student-athlete
may initiate phone calls to a college coach at
anytime, regardless of their graduation year.
However, college coaches are restricted in terms
of when and how often they are able to return or
initiate phone calls to a prospective
student-athlete. NCAA rules allow Division I
coaches to return or initiate a phone call to a
prospective student-athlete beginning September
1 of a prospect’s junior year in high school.
There is no limit on the number of calls a
Division I coach can make as of the
aforementioned date and texts are also
permissible at this time. In Division II, there
is no limit on the number of calls a college
coach can make beginning June 15 prior to a
prospect’s junior year in high school. For
Division III coaches, there is no limit on the
number of calls or when they can be made.
Understanding the NCAA rules a coach must abide
by will allow you to be better prepared for how
a coach may or may not reply to your phone call.
Once you are ready to make your call, there
are a number of key talking points to keep in
- Do your homework prior to the call and
write down a few notes regarding the coach,
player roster and/or team results/schedule that
you can refer to during the call. This is
important as it shows you have a sincere
interest in their respective program and have
gone the extra mile in terms of learning about
- Be confident when introducing yourself.
Make sure to state your name, grad year,
city/state where you reside and let them know
you had recently emailed them an introductory
letter and resume.
- Be prepared to discuss your academic
profile (grades, core classes, SAT/ACT if
applicable), your golf background (highlights,
upcoming tournament schedule, swing instructor,
what you’re working on in your game) and why you
have an interest in the school/golf program.
- Establish a list of 4-5 key
questions. These questions would vary
depending on your graduation year and if the
coach has replied to your introductory email. A
• What are you looking for in a prospective
student-athlete with respect to an academic
profile and golf resume?
• What is your timing for determining your
recruiting class for my graduation year?
• Are there any particular tournaments you
evaluate more closely than others?
• How often would you like me to communicate
my academic and golf results?
- When calling during the school year, you may
want to try to reach the coach during the
morning hours, as they will typically be in
their office at this time since college programs
generally practice in the afternoon.
- If you reach the Head Coach and only the
assistant coach had received your previously
emailed information, you can confirm to the Head
Coach that they have your information on file,
affirm your interest in their school/golf
program, and then go through your
pre-established talking points.
- If the coach does not answer, leave a brief
message including your name, grad year and let
him/her know you’ll try back at another time.
Initiating phone calls to college coaches is
an effective way to stand out in the recruiting
process. Coaches receive hundreds of emails
from prospective recruits, but far fewer phone
calls. Make it a point once you have emailed a
coach, to follow up with a phone call to further
express your interest and provide the coach the
opportunity to get to know who you are and why
you have such a strong interest in their
respective school and golf program. Be prepared
for the call and then just be yourself when you
connect with the coach.
Take the proactive approach!
Road to College Golf