From the NCAA Coordinator
In this edition:
Tips on Emailing College Coaches
Fact or Myth? The truth about verbal commitments
Valuable NCAA Research
Tips on Emailing College Coaches
Drafting an email to coaches (especially that initial contact) can be intimidating. What should I write? How should I introduce myself? Should I be brief or long-winded?

As a former head coach at the collegiate level, I looked for a few key pieces of information from an athlete’s initial contact: his/her hometown, his/her position, his/her academic standing, his/her athletic ambitions, and his/her schedule so I could potentially see an athlete compete.

I am including a template for you to utilize as a way to get the ball rolling. You can amend the email and personalize it. Notice, I include the coach’s name and at the end, a little “shout out” referencing the school’s mascot. I was always impressed when a student demonstrated he or she had done research on my program and our school.

Offer film or a link to a Youtube account with your skills and highlights and let the coach know if you have any social media dedicated solely to athletics. Be sure to fill out a recruiting form on their website and even reference the completed form in your email.

Email Template:
Dear Coach ( NAME ) ,

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is ( ATHLETE’S NAME ) and I am currently a ( YEAR IN SCHOOL ) at Kellenberg Memorial High School. ( SPORT ) is a passion of mine and I would love nothing more than to continue to cultivate my love for the sport at the next level.

I am proud of my academic achievement- I have a ( ACADEMIC AVERAGE ) through three years of high school, and I plan on taking both the SAT and ACT in the spring. I hope that you will see me as a good fit both academically and athletically.

My commitment to academic excellence, evidenced by rigors of my course work, is matched by my pursuit of athletic excellence. As a ( RUNNER, SWIMMER, ETC. ) , the demands of the sport have taught me self-discipline, individual accountability and the benefits of a team mentality. I have learned how to push myself and at the same time, learned how to be a dependable and supportive teammate.

I would love your feedback; I am goal-oriented and strive to achieve every personal goal I've set. One of my goals is to compete at a school that boasts equally stellar academic and athletic reputations; (NAME OF SCHOOL ) fits the bill! I looked at your roster, and (YEAR) looks like a promising year! I am certain I can contribute and live up to the high standards of your program. Upon request, I have highlight film and references available.

I look forward to hearing back from you!

I appreciate your time and consideration.

Go Generals!

Fact or Myth?
The truth about verbal commitments.
Often, there is a belief that students are making verbal commitments all around us and we are all alone waiting to commit. That pressure is often manufactured by social media. These tables reveal a very clear analysis of when students are actually making verbal commitments. Be patient; many factors go into this decision!
Athlete’s Corner
Interview with Stephanie Conrade '19 who will be attending Molloy College on a softball scholarship:
What is the best part of the recruiting process?
The best part of the recruiting process is the beginning when you first start looking into schools and talking to coaches. Many student-athletes find it intimidating or stressful, but really it should be more of an adventure.
What is the most challenging part of the recruiting process?
Deciding on where to go to college, furthering your academic and athletic career, is a big decision. Before I finalized my decision I was constantly second guessing if I was making the right choice I wasn’t sure if I should keep looking.
What advice would you give a high school athlete looking to play in college?
I would advise student-athletes going through the recruiting process is to stay patient. Things don’t happen overnight, and it is called a process for a reason. If you do your “homework” and you visit schools, talk with coaches and stay patient, eventually, things will fall into place for you.
Mrs. Strauss is a former NCAA Head Coach and Division I collegiate athlete.
Sports provide us with opportunities for personal development. Whether it’s on the field, on the court or in the pool, athletes learn self-discipline, perseverance, and resilience. These characteristics in turn yield fruit in the classroom and in the boardroom.

The NCAA provides an avenue for student-athletes to foster relationships that will last forever. In a world where Social Media dominates much of the information that is promulgated, we can begin to believe everyone else is making verbal commitments or signing Letters of Intent.

Hopefully, the statistics provided in today’s newsletter shed some light on the reality of recruiting and debunks a few myths! Stay tuned for next month’s newsletter! Until then, always feel free to contact me. 
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