As a junior golfer in the midst of the
recruiting process, you probably find yourself
writing a number of emails to college coaches in
an effort to gain their attention. The
recruiting process requires you to be proactive
in your communication with coaches and that can
come in various forms. A good way to
differentiate yourself in the recruiting process
is to initiate a phone call to a college coach.
A call demonstrates to a coach that you are
being proactive in the college process, as well
as displaying a high level of maturity and
independence. Phone calls should only be
initiated once you have thoroughly researched
the school/golf program, evaluated your golf and
academic profile to ensure you are closely
aligned to that particular school’s
requirements, and emailed your introductory
letter and resume to the coach. Once these
actions have been executed, a follow-up phone
call to confirm the coach has received your
information would be appropriate. Introducing
yourself “live” can be a great way to further
express your interest in the school/golf program
and learn more about the coach and team, as well
as what the coach expects from a prospective
As a reminder, a prospective student-athlete
may initiate phone calls to a college coach at
anytime, regardless of his/her graduation year.
However, college coaches are restricted in terms
of when and how often they are able to return or
initiate phone calls to prospective
student-athletes. NCAA rules allow Division I
coaches to return or initiate phone calls to
prospective student-athletes beginning July 1
after a prospect’s junior year in high school.
At that time, they are limited to initiating one
phone call per week. In Division II, there is
no limit on the number of calls a college coach
may make beginning June 15 prior to the
student-athlete’s junior year in high school.
For Division III coaches, there is no limit on
the number of calls or when they can be made.
Understanding the NCAA rules a coach must abide
by will allow you to be better prepared for how
a coach may or may not reply to your phone call.
Once you are ready to make your call, there
are a number of key talking points to keep in
• Do your homework prior to the call,
and write down a few notes regarding the coach,
player roster, and/or team results/schedule that
you can refer to during the call. This is
important as it shows you have a sincere
interest in the golf program and have gone the
extra mile in terms of learning about the
• Be confident when introducing
yourself. Make sure to state your name,
graduation year, and city/state where you
reside. Let the coach know you recently emailed an
introductory letter and resume to him/her.
• Be prepared to discuss your academic
profile (grades, core classes, SAT/ACT if
applicable), your golf background (highlights,
upcoming tournament schedule, swing instructor,
what you’re working on in your game), and why
you have an interest in the school/golf program.
• Establish a list of four to five key
questions. These questions would vary
depending on your graduation year and if the
coach has replied to your introductory email.
Here are a few examples:
o What are you looking for in a prospective
student-athlete with respect to an academic
profile and golf resume?
o What is your timing for determining your
recruiting class for my graduation year?
o Are there any particular tournaments you
evaluate more closely than others?
o How often would you like me to communicate
my academic and golf results?
• When calling during the school year, you
may want to try to reach the coach during the
morning hours, as the coach will typically be in
his/her office at this time since college
programs generally practice in the afternoon.
• If you reach the head coach and only the
assistant coach has received your previously
emailed information, you should confirm with the
head coach that he/her has your information on file,
affirm your interest in his school/golf program,
and then go through your pre-established talking
• If the coach doesn’t answer the phone,
leave a brief message, including your name and
graduation year. Be sure to let the coach know
try back at another time.
Initiating phone calls to college coaches is
an effective way to stand out in the recruiting
process. Coaches receive hundreds of emails
from prospective recruits, but far fewer phone
calls. Make it a point, once you have sent an
email to a coach, to follow up with a phone call
to further express your interest and provide the
coach the opportunity to get to know who you are
and why you have such a strong interest in his
school and golf program. Be prepared for the
call and then just be yourself when you connect
with the coach.
Take the proactive approach!