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The Things Coaches Wish All Recruits Knew

There are always certain things college coaches would love for recruits to know as they begin the recruiting process. Whether it’s an NCAA rule, a program philosophy or an academic requirement, having that knowledge could make the recruiting process and transition to college much easier.

In this month’s Coaching Roundtable, coaches from around the country provided a few examples:

Brian Kalbas, North Carolina women

“I wish players knew that when they see me at a tournament recruiting and I purposely go the opposite direction, I am not being rude. I just don’t want to get in a situation where it may appear we are having a conversation if they are not of age to be recruited. There are clear rules for us as coaches and the players are not as clear about those sometimes because it’s the first time they are going through the process. There is some gray area, like when the player’s parent is also the coach, so that is always tricky because you can talk to the coach. But it’s just a very difficult balance that you need to weigh and figure out what is the right thing to do.”

Ashley Fisher, University of South Florida men

“If we could get one message across that it is demanded of our student-athletes it is a team-first mentality. College tennis is about not only performing and searching for your best self, but also taking on the responsibility of pushing your teammates so they can find their best selves. In every action, we require our student-athletes to ask themselves: does this serve the team’s best interest? How we do anything is how we do everything and there is always a way to help your team.”

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