The Importance of Coaches in the College Application Process

Please let the coach know when you have applied.

Making sure your coach knows you're applying to a school is important. This way, they can help you get into the school if you're not accepted on your own.

If a coach knows that an athlete has applied to their school, they may be able to tell the admissions office. An athlete's test scores, grade point average, and application should be enough on their own. But coaches want to know when top recruits have applied so they can help them out.

If the athlete hasn't built a relationship with the coaching staff, they should let the coach know when their application has been submitted. This will remind the coach to look at your recruiting profile and video one last time. For many coaches, it can be hard to tell if a prospect is really interested in their school. So talking about your application might give you an advantage over other prospects.

What coaches can do with involving the college admissions process

"Walking your application through" means getting your application accepted by the admissions office. This is done by convincing the college coach to support your application. However, even the most powerful coaches cannot guarantee that your application will be accepted.

In most cases, college coaches save their offers for the best recruits. This means that someone who wants to get accepted to a good academic institution but doesn't have the necessary grades would be more challenging.

There are many ways to get financial aid for school. Many athletes need extra money to pay for school, especially if they are playing a sport that doesn't give scholarships or if they are playing at a lower division school. Coaches may also ask for money to help pay for a prospect's education, such as academic scholarships or need-based aid.

If a college coach thinks that an athlete won't be able to meet the academic or athletic requirements, they might not want to recruit them. Athletes should know if they meet the entrance criteria and if it is possible to go to that school.

The Acceptance letter

You haven't been accepted until you have received a letter from the school. If you don't accept, you're not in yet. The deadline is set by each school, so remember that when you get your letter. If you don't respond, they might give your spot to someone else. You've worked hard; now it's time to make it official.

Recruiting after the application deadline

Some coaches, particularly at the D3 and NAIA levels, will target high school students to join their team even if they are not seniors yet. If you are a student-athlete and a college coach is actively recruiting you, but the application deadline has passed, there is still a chance that the coach may be able to push back the deadline.

If an athlete is being approached by a coach at a university they have not applied to, they should be truthful with them. If the coach is genuinely interested in the applicant, he or she might still be able to submit the application.