A message that you will see repeated on any credible recruiting information is that college coaches want to hear from you, the student athlete. Learning how to communicate properly is a must in the college recruiting process. See below for some guidelines on sending your initial email to a coach.
Heading: Make the subject of the email "YOUR NAME and YOUR GRAD YEAR" Make sure to start the email with Dear Coach (USE THEIR NAME). Make it personal, this whole process is personal so make sure you start on the right foot!
Length: Keep it short and sweet. College coaches are looking at hundreds of these and want to get to the important information asap!
Content: Include your name, contact info, grad year, position and a link to your online athletic resume. Then a short paragraph about why you feel you are a good fit for their program athletically AND academically.
Closing: Thank the coach for taking the time to read your email and let them know you are looking forward to hearing from them!
Follow up: If you do not hear back from the coach within a week, send another email or call them confirming they received your correspondence. Whenever a coach reaches out to you, make sure you respond within 24 hours!