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September 11, 2017

Endicott Women’s Volleyball Coach Tim Byram Offers Recruiting Advice

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Endicott College Volleyball is coached by Head Coach, Tim Byram who has coached at Endicott for the last 17 years. Coach Byram has an overall record of 339-255 (.571) and an even more impressive conference record of 122-27 (.819).

During his time at Endicott, Byram has seen four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, was an ECAC Division III New England Finalist, and has coached numerous individual players who received awards such as seven All-Region players and 61 All-CCC players including one Player of the Year, two Liberos of the Year, and four Rookies of the Year. Coach Byram was also named CCC Coach of the Year twice.

What is the most important quality you look for in a recruit?

Athletic ability, coachability, and players who are great teammates!

What is the best way for a recruit to get on your radar?

Fill out the questionnaire and send updated videos every 6-8 weeks.

When should an athlete contact you, what is the best way? 

Sophomore year is becoming more common but spring of Junior year is most common.

What are your expectations for incoming players in the classroom, in the weight room, and on the court?

We shoot for a 3.3 team GPA each semester and they will need to be in the weight room in and out of season to keep moving forward. I want them to be competitive on the court and know what the expectations are for their position.

What are the do’s and don’ts of being recruited?

Do: Send emails about once a month, come to campus and do a tour and try to attend a camp or clinic (probably 80% of our roster came to one of those to get a feel for our coaching, etc.). 
Don’t: Lie to us and tell us we’re a top choice if we’re not. We’ll be honest with you about where you are on our radar and need you to be honest with us.

What is the best advice you can offer a recruit?

Come to campus multiple times and make sure we’re the right academic, financial, social, and volleyball fit.

What really jumps out to you when reviewing a recruit’s highlight tape?

Athleticism, ball control, ability to play their position and impact the court, and positive energy and interactions with teammates.

What are the main do’s and don’ts for a recruit’s highlight tape?

Do: Have a few highlights but unedited footage from a competitive match is best.
Don’t: Only show highlights and edit out all errors.

When do you recommend recruits put together and share their highlight reels? Is it best to make their highlight reel during offseason, in the middle of season, or after each game?

Every game is too much so I’d say a couple during the high school season and monthly in club is good. It can just be footage posted on a personal or team youtube channel and unedited.

What advice do you have for recruits who get turned down by their dream schools? What are their options if they don’t gain the recruiting attention they desire?

They should keep other options open early. Disappointment is part of life and coaches hear “no” from top recruits too. It isn’t personal and just point us to another option who’s excited about what we have to offer and same for them.

How big a factor is social media when recruiting players? What advice do you have for athletes regarding social media?

D3 is not allowed to follow or like posts so it’s a little different than D1 or 2. We can view open accounts, though, and make decisions on what the recruits priorities are and how they want to be viewed.

 

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