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Who Should Speak When Meeting with Coaches – Parents or the Student-Athlete?

-Coaches strongly prefer to speak to student athletes who will speak for themselves-

Communication is the key to success in most endeavors. The college golf recruiting process is no exception. I strongly encourage families to visit as many college campuses as possible and, when time permits, schedule a meeting with the golf coach during each visit. This exercise allows prospective student-athletes to see firsthand what a university setting is really like and, more importantly, gives them an opportunity to meet college coaches and talk about who they are and what they want out of their college experience.

Often times coaches remind me that the most important thing recruits can do during these meetings is to speak for themselves. The worst-case scenario is when a coach asks the recruit a question and one of the parents speaks up to answer it for them. While this may seem fairly obvious, it occurs far too frequently. My advice for parents is to meet the coach briefly for five minutes at the beginning, then leave to go make phone calls or have a cup of coffee. This creates an environment where the player will have to speak up, and in doing so will have the opportunity to tell the coach more about their golf and academic background as well as career goals.

The same principle applies to phone calls, e-mails, and off-campus recruiting contacts with coaches. Each student-athlete needs to prepare for these events, realizing these are great opportunities to make a favorable impression and to let coaches know you have a plan to succeed at the next level.

What should you be prepared to accomplish when communicating with coaches:

    • Speak confidently – do you believe your future is bright?

    • Have a plan for success and know how to communicate that plan to coaches.

    • Ask coaches specific questions about their golf programs.

    • Anticipate questions they may ask you.

    • Research the school and golf program before you visit – good talking points.

    • Wrap up the conversation with a summary of the next recruiting steps.

Several other “Going to College” articles (see archived section below) relate to this topic and will help you formulate questions and prepare answers for your upcoming conversations with college coaches. It is always a good idea to practice interviewing, possibly with your high school coach, golf instructor, teacher, or parent. The more you practice, the better prepared you will be and the more confidently you will speak to coaches. Remember, this is a great opportunity to help college coaches realize that you are someone they should recruit to their golf program. This is also a valuable life skill that can be applied to future job interviews.

Parents, continue to encourage your sons and daughters to work hard, maintain a good attitude, and have fun playing golf. Helping them arrange campus visits is very important, and once you get them there, try to take a step back and let them speak up. I’m confident they will do a great job!

Coach Brooks
Red Numbers Golf®

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