Cover email

Email to coach

4 Must Haves in Cover email to Coaches

  • Be concise
  • Cover the big three
  • Triple check spelling and grammar
  • Make it personal


Every coach is now recruiting online in one form or another. One of the best ways to introduce yourself to coaches and start the recruiting process is with a well-written email containing your cover letter and athletic/academic resume.

Here are some tips for writing a quality cover letter for coaches.

The Cover email

1. Be Concise

Coaches don’t have enough hours in the day. If you send them a full-page cover letter talking about your entire athletic, academic, and community accomplishments, they won’t read it or look at anything else you send them. The entire cover letter should be two to three paragraphs and only half a page.

2. Cover the big three:

  • Who you are
  • Athletics
  • Academics

  1. Coaches need to know your name and grad year immediately, so they know whether they can respond to your email right away.
  2. Follow that information with a quick introduction of your measurements (height, weight, and position) along with your academic information.
  3. List your GPA and if you have taken the SAT or ACT, include that information as well.
  4. You will want to include your single best athletic honour and academic honour. List only one each; save that for your resume.

3. Triple check spelling and grammar

  • Coaches form quick opinions about athletes based on your writing. Poor spelling shows laziness and a lack of attention to detail.
  • Don’t think that because you used spell check on the computer, it is correct.
  • Take your cover letter and resume to your English teacher and have them glance them over.

4. Make it personal

  • As more and more athletes contact coaches through email, you need to stand out.
  • Coaches aren’t responding to a generic letter unless you are an amazing athlete.
  • If you take the time to write a personalised message to coaches, they will take time to respond to you.
  • Go beyond just changing the name of the university in the email.
  • Include a couple of sentences about their university and their program’s most recent results.

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The Negotiation

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