Dominate the Recruiting Landscape with Tips from a Former Division I and Club Coach

As a for­mer play­er and coach, Sean Carney has seen both sides of the recruit­ing land­scape. Check out his webi­nar on attract­ing the atten­tion of col­lege coaches.

Dominate the Recruiting Landscape with Tips from a Former Division I and Club Coach

As a for­mer play­er and coach, Sean Carney has seen both sides of the recruit­ing land­scape. Check out his webi­nar on attract­ing the atten­tion of col­lege coaches.

Thousands of play­ers across the coun­try enter each tour­na­ment or qual­i­fi­er with the same goal – get noticed by recruiters. It’s a crowd­ed field, and col­lege coach­es have packed sched­ules and sim­ply can­not watch every play­er at a tour­na­ment. If an ath­lete hopes to get on the radar, they must imme­di­ate­ly grab the coach’s atten­tion and entice them to see more.

It can be dif­fi­cult to stand out from the crowd, so we enlist­ed the help of Sean Carney, a for­mer vol­ley­ball play­er and coach at the University of Hawaii who’s seen first hand both sides of the recruit­ing coin, to explain the keys of get­ting recruited.

A com­mon mis­con­cep­tion is that spend­ing all this mon­ey and play­ing in club tour­na­ments is the first step to get­ting recruit­ed,” Carney said. Tournaments are def­i­nite­ly impor­tant to go to, but there is a lot you need to do before if you want a coach to stop by your court and watch you play.”

Carney said coach­es have two lists of play­ers they watch at tour­na­ments. The first is filled with play­ers already com­mit­ted to the pro­gram or those the school is already recruit­ing. The sec­ond list is com­prised of ath­letes the coach has caught glimpses of and wants to see more.

In this free webi­nar, Carney digs into the details on cre­at­ing the most effec­tive high­lights to draw recruiters’ inter­est. He dis­cuss­es how long a video should be, what each posi­tion should include in a high­light, how to con­struct a title card and much, much more.

Once your high­light is cre­at­ed, begin con­tact­ing col­lege coach­es. Send an email with an intro­duc­tion to your­self, your high­light video and some rea­sons you believe you’re a fit for the pro­gram. Nebraska vol­ley­ball coach coach John Cook rec­om­mends fol­low­ing up with a call as well. 

Remember these coach­es are get­ting lots of videos, so fol­low it up with a call,” he said. Whether it is from the coach or a play­er and just say, Hey I’m real­ly inter­est­ed, here’s my pro­file, I’d like to visit.”

More than sev­en mil­lion vol­ley­ball high­light videos were cre­at­ed on Hudl in 2017, and the main pur­pose of each was to get the ath­lete recruit­ed. Check out Sean’s webi­nar and help your ath­letes break through the noise.