College Recruiting Process
PRESENTER: CHAKA DALEY, University of Michigan, Head Coach, Men’s Soccer
A) Schools of Interest
- Create list
- DI, DII, DIII, NAIA
- Feedback/Recommendations/Contacts/Word of Mouth etc.
B) Create Informational Packet/SPORT SPECIFIC RESUME
- Include Academic, Athletic highlights and References
- Appearances—where can the coach see you play? What environment?
C) How to recruit your potential institution!
4 MAJOR FACTORS ARE: ACADEMIC, SOCIAL, FINANCIAL, ATHLETIC
- *MUST BE FIRST CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING A SCHOOL*
- CGPA, quality of classes–SAT/ACT (SAT optional?)
- ADMISSIONS–Early Action/Early Decision/Regular Decision
- Research—school profile (average student accepted is?)
- Majors offered
- Career Services (Alumni)
2) ATHLETIC- How we (Coaches) Recruit?
- Are you being recruited? VS. Recruiting a school?
- Send Resume (E-mail & hard copy)
- Must see the TEAM PLAY!
- IF YOU ARE NOT SEEN IN THE RECRUITING PROCESS? (Dream School) WALK-ON OPPORTUNITIES?
- Every Coach/Every School varies because of:
- Financial Resources (scholarships and/or financial aid)
- Academic Standards
- Admissions Support
- Team Needs—Tier of RECRUITS
- Roster Limitations
- Unofficial visit vs. Official visit(5); DI, DII, DIII
- BE INQUISITIVE—Ask questions??? (Players, Coaches, Professors, Student body, Career Services etc.)
- Points of Consideration include: Athletic facilities, Conference, Size, Location, Distance from home, Climate, Football school, girl to guy ratio etc.
- Aid vs. Need
- Grants vs. Loans (opportunity)
- Need vs. Merit
- Academic Scholarships—requirements?
- Additional Scholarships—research?
- Tuition Exchange
- Early Action/Early Decision/Regular Decision
- PROFILE and/or FAFSA—DETERMINES YOUR FAMILY CONTRIBUTION
- ATHLETIC Scholarships
- -scholarship opportunities/packages vary dramatically at all schools
- -counter and equivalency (example 9.9 Men’s Soccer)
- –Example of a ½ grant and ½ athletic
- -scholarships are year-to-year with a recommendation by coach
- *poor academic performance and/or disciplinary issues
- *ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE CAN NOT!
- Potential Player Cannot be shy with regards to asking questions regarding financial aid—HOW?
D) TIMELINES: Increasingly difficult on Coach and potential student-athlete
YOU MUST BEGIN TO PREPARE EARLY!!
- Sophomore Year (1st Semester Aug-Dec) – list of schools and begin to research.
- Sophomore Year (2nd Semester Jan-Jun) – Begin to prepare 1 page informational on you and narrow your search.
- Summer before Junior Year – Continue to develop resume & narrow search -where are you playing?
- Junior Year (before high school season or Thanksgiving) – Resume with future schedules included (high school or club) E-mail accessible & hard copy
- Junior Year (before Christmas) – tournament appearance(s) & updates to resume
- Junior Year (2nd Semester Jan-Jun) – continue to narrow list based on feedback and generate feedback
- – Unofficial Visit(s) to those that interest you and/or interested in you!
- – Mail transcripts & SAT scores with senior courses included (if available)
- REGISTER FOR THE ELIGIBILITY CENTER!
- Summer before Senior Year
- -Unofficial Visit(s)
- -July 1st Recruiting Calls
- Senior Year (1st Semester Aug-Dec) – continue unofficial visits IF not taken
- – official visits (5); DI obsolete?, DII (trial at end of your season), DIII (vist at any time in college career)
- – Visit CAMPUS in action (regular school day—attend class & game day—observe coaching style, caliber of players, your position)
- –APPLICATION PROCESS/DEADLINES
- Senior Year (2nd Semester Jan-Jun)
- –APPLY ON TIME
- –FILL OUT FAFSA & PROFILE (pay attention to deadlines)
- –NLI (February) or ACCEPTANCE LETTER
- –MUST CONTINUE TO PERFORM ACADEMICALLY
Prospective Student-Athlete (PSA) MUST take ownership of this process!!