Some tips to keep in mind as you write this letter:
- Emailing a college coach is best for the coach. He can easily respond and doesn’t have to sift through papers to respond to you.
- Make sure that you are brief. A college coach’s time is limited. Be short and to the point. If he/she needs any further information, they can ask. Don’t write a novel or else the coach will not get the full impact of who you are.
- Write the letter yourself. The college coach wants to hear from you, not your coach or your parents/guardians. A coach can tell when you write the letter and when you don’t.
- Make sure that your email address is appropriate. I get emails from players and look at their inappropriate email address and form an opinion of the player before even reading the email.
- Know the difference between trying too hard and not trying hard enough and land somewhere in the middle. Always feel free to email your high school coach to make sure the letter is appropriate.
Here is a sample we wrote for you:
My name is (name) and I am a (grade level) at (school) in (city, state). I am interested in attending (school name) because (Tell the coach why you want to go to that school. Be honest and mature, good reasons are academics, interested in a certain major, the lacrosse program, etc. Also mention if you are a legacy, do any of your relatives go there or went there? This will help.)
This paragraph deals with your lacrosse history. Tell the coach where you play and any accolades that you have received. Be sure to include last year’s stats and other pertinent lacrosse information. Also include your coach’s name and his contact information; email and phone number. Conclude this paragraph with your upcoming schedule of camps that you will be attending, travel teams you are playing on and the season schedule. (College coaches want to come out and see you play and don’t have the time to hunt down where it is that you will be playing.)
Finish the email with your academics; GPA, classes you are taking, honors earned, etc. This will help the coach with the whole planning process. The last item that you should include is your contact information; email address, phone number, address, etc.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
Thank you for your time,