Daily Archives: December 2, 2010

College Lacrosse Recruiting: “Communication with College Coaches: The Introduction” By Tom Kovic Of Victory Collegiate Consulting

If there is one area of the college recruiting process that stands above the rest, I believe it is the way prospects effectively communicate with college coaches. Let’s face it, the majority of boy’s and girls in any given active recruiting pool will not be blue chip prospects and a reluctance to proactively communicate with college coaches will oftentimes result in an undertow that will likely drag a prospect and family backward in the college search. Below are simple tips to consider when making an introductory contact with college coaches.

Define Yourself

Before you take the plunge and either pickup the phone or e-mail college coaches I strongly suggest you take the time to define who you are. This may appear on the outside as a daunting task, but once you wrap your arms around it and understand the importance of self awareness in college recruiting the easier it gets…And it’s fun!

Remember, first impressions are always remembered and you want to prepare best for the initial communication with the coaches. The simplest way to define you is by developing a personal profile or resume. Keep it to 1 page and clearly list your academic, athletic and personal accomplishments during the past 2 years. Include an area at the top that lists your contact information and an action photo. Accomplish this task and you’re half way there!

Know Yourself

Now that you have yourself defined on paper, be proud of what you see. Think about it for a moment…You have poured countless hours of sweat, frustration and glory into your training and sometimes it’s nice to smell the roses and give yourself a proverbial pat on the back!

OK, you have yourself neatly defined; you are happy with what you see, but now you need to know it, engrain it and make it a driving part of developing your college quest momentum. Remember, there are 3 qualities that college coaches are looking for in prospects: Fine students, strong athletes and self-aware individuals who bring a strong character component to the table. When you connect with the college coaches you do not want to “hope” to know yourself, you have to be able to express yourself seamlessly and with confidence.

Initial E-mail

Coaches receive hundreds and hundreds of emails from high school prospects and they develop personal filtering systems to root out prospects to place in their active recruiting file. The college search for athletes is tremendously competitive and you will need to prepare your e-mail communication carefully and with the intent to easily assist the college coach in doing an initial evaluation.

I suggest crafting your initial e-mail by using the following rule of thumb: Keep it simple, short and informative. You don’t have much time to make an impression, so make your effort count. Let the Coach know who you are, where you are from, what high school you attend and the year you will graduate. Let Coach know you are excited with the college search and that you have sincere interest in his program. Depending on the year you are currently in high school, I encourage you to let Coach know you will follow-up the e-mail with a phone call in the very near future. But remember…Do what you say you are going to do!

Phone follow-up

Communicating with college coaches by e-mail has a chance in being effective, but unless you are that blue chip kid that many coaches are evaluating, you will need to roll your sleeves up and get busy. Remember, college coaches are receiving hundreds or recruiting correspondences and they simply do not have the time to respond to all of them. Taking a proactive effort in “keeping the ball alive” will give you the best chance in moving forward.

NCAA rules clearly restrict (most coaches) from initiating phone contact with prospects until July after the completion of the junior year. Although this is true, it does not preclude the prospect from calling the Coach and discuss your sincere initial interest in his program. You need to be well prepared for this conversation and don’t just call to say hello! Develop a short bullet list of topics you want to cover and practice your delivery until you reach a comfort level before calling Coach.

Frequency in Communication

Is there a point where a prospect can force too much communication with the college coaches? Yes! You don’t want to ping them incessantly, but you do want to keep them posted with significant updates (academic and athletic) and with specific intentions (unofficial campus visits etc.) without bugging them.

How frequently you communicate with the coaches also depends on what high school year you are in, the sport you play and the season you participate. So, as an example, if it is September and you are a junior in high school and play lacrosse, it would be a good idea to keep the coaches posted every 2-3 weeks regarding your fall tournaments, updated PSAT scores and interest in making a campus visit in October.


Effective communication between the family and the college coach can be critical to the decision made by the coach to pursue a prospect. It can make or break a coach’s decision to offer an athletic scholarship or to provide that extra “push” in the admission process.


If your mission is clear, communication becomes the vehicle to move with definite purpose in your chosen direction. On the other hand, ill-prepared communication can cause confusion and misdirection. Your ship moves, but with a weak rudder.


Tom Kovic is the current director of Victory Collegiate Consulting, where he provides individual advisement for families on college recruiting. He is the author of “Reaching for Excellence” An educational guide for college athletics recruiting. Kovic delivers college recruiting presentations nationwide and he is a regular contributor to several online magazines and professional organizations. For further information visit: www.victoryrecruiting.com  


Lacrosse Websites For Players And Leagues: University Lacrosse Launches ULAX 3.0 With Advanced Interface (Video)

University Lacrosse is launching ULAX 3.0, the most advanced web interface yet. The impact of the site will be one thing, allowing players to interact with photo, video, and statistics of games. This is nothing new to ULAX. The breakthrough is for league managers, and our employee base. In launching 3.0, we are streamlining the process even further. There has never been a better time to set up and operate a league.

We are anticipating further growth as the system evolves and with the release of our new promotional video, explaining what we do, why it works and how to get involved. To be sure not to miss any updates join our facebook page … search ULAX.

Lacrosse Magazine “Person Of The Year”: Long Island Lizards’ Attacker Tim Goettelmann Has Dedicated His Lacrosse Life To Helping Children’s Charities While Excelling On The Field

US Lacrosse, the national governing body of men's and women's lacrosse, today named Long Island Lizards' attackman Tim Goettelmann the 2010 Lacrosse Magazine Person of the Year. A three-time all-star and one of the few 10-year veterans of Major League Lacrosse since that professional league's inaugural 2001 season, Goettelmann broke two MLL records this year and led the Lizards to the league championship game. But it is work off the field that personifies the values of lacrosse that many who participate in the game hold so dear. Affectionately known as "The Monster" for his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame, Goettelmann frequently donates his time and resources to helping young patients at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. Goettelmann donated his entire 2010 MLL salary to Monster's Kids, a charitable foundation he created two years ago to benefit sick children. Through grass-roots events and other donations Goettelmann has secured, including many from MLL teammates and rivals, Monster's Kids has generated about $115,000 for Cohen Children's Medical Center patients, which include premature births, children with cancer and blood disorders, those with psychiatric needs, and more. "Having two healthy kids really made me realize how lucky I was," Goettelmann said. "That really was the driving force. I do look at my wife a lot and we're very lucky, very blessed. I have a great job and I'm still playing lacrosse. There's been so many opportunities where I could have been bounced from the lineup and the team, and different people over the years have allowed me to still play after 10 years, which is pretty amazing. It really was just the fact of thinking that I was going to retire, and I wanted to give back."


Southern California Lacrosse Recruiting: 2010 Adrenaline High Rollers Video Highlights

Concussions In Lacrosse: Most Research Into Head Injuries Is Focused On Football With Important Benefits To Lacrosse Players (Video)

From Pop Warner to professional football, there is growing concern about concussions suffered by players.