The Massachusetts Institute of Technology foot team was coached by Coach Chad Martinovich. Since becoming the Head Coach of MIT in 2009, Coach Martinovich, steadily built MIT football into one of the fastest growing programs in the region as well as received coaching awards such as: NEFC Coach of the Year, New England Football Writers College Division Coach of the Year, and ECAC Coach of the Year and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region I Division III Coach of the Year.
Martinovich has an extensive college coaching background and coached at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Bucknell University, Hamilton College, and Swarthmore College before becoming Head Coach at MIT.
Coach Marinovich currently coaches at the University of Rotchester
Q: What is the most important quality you look for in a recruit?
A: Character, academic excellence, and athletic ability.
Q: What is the best way for a recruit to get on your radar?
A: Fill out a questionnaire on our website, send us a film link, and send transcript/test scores.
Q: When should an athlete contact you and what is the best way?
A: Spring of junior year of high school.
Q: What are your expectations for incoming players in the classroom, in the weight room, and on the field?
A: We expect our incoming players to have a great work-ethic and competitive drive in all three areas.
Q: What are the do’s and don’ts of being recruited?
A: Recruits should represent themselves and their family well with their words and actions. They should communicate with coaches directly rather than having a parent do it for them.
Q: What is the best advice you can offer a recruit?
A: Challenge yourself with the classes you take in high school and work hard to excel in them in order to give yourself a variety of options when looking for a college.
Q: What really jumps out to you when reviewing a recruit’s highlight tape?
A: We look at how athletic he is first and foremost.
Q: What are the main do’s and don’ts for a recruit’s highlight tape?
A: A recruit should choose clips that showcase his athletic ability and high effort level.
Q: 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?
A: All of the above. We would rather have too much film than not enough.
Q: 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?
A: Make a list of all the things they look for in a school. Then find several schools that have the majority of the things on that list. That way they have multiple options.
Q: How big a factor is social media when recruiting players? What advice do you have for athletes regarding social media?
A: Think before you hit “send”. Show you have great character in everything you do.
When doing research in the recruiting process for my daughter I came across the LRT Sports website. I was immediately intrigued as this was another dimension of the recruiting process that many people don't even consider. My daughter and I could "short list" schools based on the education she was looking for, as well as the opportunity to play her sport. LRT Sports not only gave us pertinent information into the recruiting process with different interviews of coaches and players, it also gave us insight into current and/or former players' opinions on the coach of that school in her sport. We could use this information to re-prioritize my daughters list of schools based on this feedback. I have many friends that are, or will be, going through this process shortly and I highly recommend using LRT Sports as part of anyone's recruiting process.
The college process presents a myriad of challenges. Factor in athletics and it becomes even more daunting. Now, add the fact that you have zero experience with sports. What is a the mother of a college bound student-athlete to do? LRT Sports has truly lived up to its promise. It has kept "the college recruiting process honest and easy by providing first hand information about coaches, schools and the recruiting process." Their interviews with current students, coaches, and professional athletes have provided realistic guidance. I am much more informed because of LRT Sports! The coach ratings are the most helpful. LRT Sports interviews allow us to hear from students as to how the adults are impacting not only their athletic experience but also how they are helping to shape their adult self.
The C.A.L.C. was thrilled to have Keirsten Sires come and speak to us on multiple topics relevant to high school athletics today, including recruiting. Keirsten reached all of our students and left them with great strategies that will not only help on the fields, courts, and mats, but also in the game of recruiting. She was a true professional and delivered a wonderful message.
Now that the recruiting process and the related stress is over, I wanted to thank you for your guidance. You did so much more than we had expected. Once you started the process by matching the best academic schools first, not the best sport programs, I knew you were the one. The way you laid out a timeline of contacting coaches, visits, and camps completely took any guesswork out of the plan for us. All of the student athletes that you put us in touch with gave us a look from the inside, and made us more comfortable knowing what was coming. Finally, using your website as a resource for knowing what to expect from different coaches based on former recruit reviews gave my son confidence before our meetings. There is no way we could have figured this out on our own, you really put us in a great position when decision time came.
I think hearing from other athletes is very beneficial. To be able to learn from people’s mistakes, and to be able to have access to those voices is really helpful; especially voices that have been there and done that. It’s very important for people to have access to information that could benefit them, and in this case there are many voices that can help the next wave of athletes.
If you have something that’s going to spell [the recruiting process] out for you… it’s so valuable. I think what everyone at LRT Sports is doing to spread the word and help advocate and educate athletes on the recruitment process is incredible.
Without question would have used LRT Sports. It would have probably been one of the most valuable tools that I could have had. If you want to know what these coaches are really like then I think this is the best tool out there. I’m really glad you are allowing recruits to have a resource like this moving forward.