One Aspect that Could Change Your Scholarship Opportunities
Height & Weight?
Grade Point Average & Test Scores?
After interviewing over 65 college coaches and athletic directors for my book, Looking For A FULL RIDE?: An Insider’s Recruiting Guide, almost all of them spoke about those characteristics as being part of the process of researching potential recruits. I believe there are other 2 key areas student-athletes rarely realize college coaches evaluate in determining scholarship offers.
Coach Renee, what on earth should be prioritized above athletic talent and academic record? Having been a college coach for 14 years at all levels including NCAA DI, II, and NAIA, and combined with these 65 interviews, my experience and research have revealed two aspects. First, many college coaches want student-athletes who have resilience and can be confident in times of adversity. We discussed this in “How To Stay Confident When A College Coach Is Watching?”
Second, numerous college coaches spoke on the value of watching recruits over time (versus. just attending one competition) to evaluate your daily disciplines. Coaches want to know what you do daily, not only in being disciplined academically, but especially in your health.
One of the reasons college coaches want student-athletes to attend camps is that it allows them the opportunity to see recruits in multiple settings and learn more about all aspects of an athlete. Will you take the proper steps to recover after a long day of camp? Did you seek out ice for that injury? What type of stretching did you do? What type of food choices are you making in the cafeteria lines? How have you hydrated yourself?
Wait, what? Yes, college coaches watch if you know how to properly hydrate yourself before, during, and after training. Especially for outdoor sports attending camps in the summer heat and humidity, we watch to see if you know how to take care of your body to perform at its best.
Many of you reached out saying how much you appreciated our previous guest blog on Fueling Your Body, so I decided to again ask my colleague Jackie Slomin, a Sports Dietitian, who focuses on working with high school student-athletes, to offer information about proper hydration plans.
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Having previously worked with hundreds of NCAA Division I and II student-athletes from all different sports and having a graduate degree in sports nutrition and exercise science, Jackie Slomin is an expert at helping high school student-athletes discover how to improve their performance, energy, and recovery time by up to 50% with advanced sports nutrition principles that can be used by even the busiest of families. Jackie works with student-athletes, families, coaches, and teams to help them discover how to gain a competitive edge through nutrition. When Jackie isn’t working with athletes, she loves weight training, kayaking and trying new foods. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and www.jackieslomin.com.
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Did you know Coach Renee Lopez can come to your school or sports organization?
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Coach Renee Lopez
As a 17 year coaching veteran, Coach Renee Lopez is a recruiting expert for high school student-athletes. She uses her NCAA Division I, II, and NAIA Head Coaching experience to help families navigate the recruiting process to be identified by college coaches and help them find the right “fit” for playing at the next level. She has produced 3 All-Americans, over 30 All-Conference athletes and Her teams have been honored with awards for team academic accomplishments, sportsmanship, and sports ministry. In addition, Coach Renee Lopez has been named Coach of the Year by her peers.
She presents recruiting seminars across the country, has recently been featured in USA Weekly, with the National Alliance for Youth Sports, on SiriusXM Radio and ESPN Radio. She is the author of the book, Looking For A FULL RIDE?: An Insider’s Recruiting Guide where she has interviewed over 65 college recruiters across all sports and college levels. In addition, she runs 9 Facebook groups to help facilitate conversations on college recruiting education, coaching education, leadership development, and sports ministry. She is also a certified speaker, trainer and coach for the John Maxwell Team, Jon Gordon Company, 3Dimensional Coaching, and the Positive Coaching Alliance.
She also does private consulting for student-athletes and their families to help in understanding the often daunting process of recruiting. (See one family’s testimonial.) If you are looking for help in the college recruiting process, please email Coach Renee Lopez at email@example.com.