Tips on writing coaches:

  • Avoid using a form letter; instead take the time to personalize each letter or email. Research each school and coach. Find out specific information about the athletic program you’re contacting. Mention recent success the coach has had or any recent news on the program. This kind of personal touch shows that you’re interested in the coach and the college.
  • There are several basic things that every letter or email should include.
    • A personalized salutation including the coach’s name.
    • Your basic information including your high school, the position that you play, or events that you compete in.
    • Include some of your volleyball history and/or stats as well as academic stats like your GPA and placement test scores.
    • Include any recognition you’ve received like all-conference honors, MVP mentions, and academic awards.
    • Explain why you want to play for that college and coach. Be specific.
    • Link to your athletic profile. Give the coach an option to find out more about you. A good way to do that is to create an athletic profile at University Athlete.
    • Your personal contact info
    • Coach/Club director contact info

SAMPLE EMAIL

subject: Morgan Killion  |  Setter  |  2019  |  Marin Juniors Volleyball Club

Dear Coach Swan, 

My name is Morgan Killion and I am a setter in the graduating class of 2019 from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California. I am currently playing for Marin Juniors Volleyball Club on the 16 Black team and I am interested in your Colorado College volleyball program.

Congratulations on another great season this past year! Finishing in the top three in league for ten years in a row is an amazing accomplishment and it looks like you have a great core of players returning next season to keep the proud tradition of Tigers volleyball going strong. I know a number of Marin players, including Keli Sherwood and Sophie Merrifield, have played for you in recent years and I have heard they really enjoyed their experience playing in your program.

Colorado College has an outstanding academic reputation and the Block plan sounds like an innovative approach to teaching that I feel would really fit my learning style.While I understand how competitive the application process is, I am confident I will achieve the grades and scores that will make me a good candidate for the school.

Last fall, I was a starting setter for our varsity team, we finished 2nd in league and advanced all the way to the North Coast Section finals! I was named Most Improved Player by my teammates. My team is off to a good start this season, finishing 26th out of 116 teams in the first league tournament and I've included our schedule of tournaments below.

Below I have included a link to my profile page for you to view as it includes highlight videos and my athletic and academic information. If there is anything I can do to help you decide whether I might be a good fit for your program please don’t hesitate to contact me or either of my coaches.

I look forward to hearing back from you and learning more about your program.

Sincerely, 
Morgan Killion

 

Coach:  Kali Heys  |  kali@marinjuniors.com  |  707.322.5651
Coach/Club Director: Craig Wong  |  craig@marinjuniors.com  |  415.250.7480

Tournament Schedule
Feb 18-20  |  Las Vegas Invitational
Feb 26  |  NCVA Power League 1
Mar 19  |  NCVA Power League 2
Mar 26  |  NCVA Power League 3
Apr 28-30  |  Far Westerns National Qualifier
May 6-7  |  NCVA Power League Championships