Before selecting which
college to attend, prospective student-
athletes are strongly encouraged to
visit at least several college campuses.
Whether the visit is official
(paid for by the school and limited to no more
than five schools) or unofficial (paid
for by the prospect), this experience will provide meaningful insight that will help prospects determine their best
college fit. Beginning September 1 of the prospect’s junior year in high school, NCAA Division I coaches can meet with
prospects or their parents on campus during an unofficial visit and provide complimentary admission to an athletic
contest. Additionally, official visits to Division I campuses can now occur as early as September 1 of a prospect's
junior high school.
During the visit, prospects should attempt to
meet with the golf team’s coaching staff for at
least 30 minutes. This meeting will already be
scheduled on official visits and may be
challenging to schedule on unofficial visits.
If the head coach is unavailable, try to meet
with an assistant coach or graduate assistant
who recently played for the team. Always call
or email a week or two in advance to make your
request. Refrain from showing up unannounced
and expecting coaches to meet with you on the
Once you are in front of the
coach and his/her staff, you will need to be
prepared to answer these and other
* What are your long-term goals for both golf
* Why are you interested in our university
and golf program?
* What other schools are you considering at
* What are your scholarship needs?
* As a player, what are your strengths and
* What are the top five criteria you will use
when selecting a college to attend?
* When are you planning to make your final
* Who is your current swing instructor and
how often do you take lessons?
* How do you spend your practice time?
* What are you planning to major in as a
* Would you be willing to redshirt your
* Do you want to play golf professionally
* Do you currently participate in a strength
and conditioning program?
* What tournaments are you planning to
participate in over the next several months?
* Have you taken the SAT/ACT and have you
registered with the The NCAA
* How do you plan to spend your summers
during your college career?
The most important thing
during this interview process is for the
player (not the parent) to answer the
coach’s questions. Formulating your
answers in advance will help
you. There are no perfect or best
answers, just honest answers.
Each coach is looking for different types of
players with different backgrounds
and long-term goals. Do your homework
and be prepared to address these
questions when you have the opportunity to
meet with a college coach.