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August 12, 2019

NCAA Coaches Talk About Social Media

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During hundreds of interviews with NCAA head coaches that LRT Sports conducted, the traits of coachability and character were a common theme. We found that most coaches are looking for recruits that have good character, and that will work hard. These coaches also commented on the importance of recruits having the trait of coachability, which allows the coach to know that the athlete will accept and implement their comments and criticism. We believe that character ties in very well with this trait because recruits must have an open mindset when being coached at the collegiate level. Here is what a few of the NCAA coaches had to say. 

LRT Sports: What is the most important quality that you look for in a recruit? 

Patrick CorvettiState University at Old Westbury, Men’s Soccer

Coach Corvetti: Character – Can they be coached and what is their locker room presence?

Diane ShortBrown University, Women’s Volleyball

Coach Short: We look for multiple qualities. Attitude, catchability, athletic, positional need and a great student.

Stephanie GaitleyFordham University, Women’s Basketball

Coach Gaitley: Overall quality of the student, and someone who’s a worker and a winner.

Jennifer TeagueColumbia University, Softball

Coach Teague: Talent, Effort, attitude, ability to get better, teach-ability, good parents.

Chad Martinovich – University of Rochester, Football

Coach Martinovich: Character, academic excellence, and athletic ability.

Grace BarnardAssumption College, Women’s Soccer

Coach Barnard: Athleticism, coachable, and character. 

Social media profiles can show a lot about a recruit. This is a hot topic due to the fact that our younger generation is on their social media platforms all day. On any given day, teens in the United States spend about nine hours using media for their enjoyment, according to the report by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on helping children, parents, and educators navigate the world of media and technology. The majority of coaches check or have other members of their coaching staff check, recruits’ social media profiles. Recruits should think twice about posting with the idea that, if your parents or grandparents would not approve of your post, don’t post it. Social media is becoming more relevant as time goes on; in some cases, social media profiles are a coach’s the first impression of recruits. Let’s see what these NCAA head coaches had to say. 

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

Chris WillisDavidson College, Women’s Volleyball

Coach Willis: Coaches look at recruits’ social media outlets. Don’t post anything out there that you wouldn’t want your mom to see. 

Diane ShortBrown University, Women’s Volleyball

Coach Short: We do check on them to make sure they have made some “good choices” on social media.

Patrick CorvettiState University at Old Westbury, Men’s Soccer

Coach Corvetti:  Stay off of social media as much as possible.

George ArroyoEastern Nazarene College, Women’s Soccer

Coach Arroyo: Huge! Be mindful of what you put on social media. Coaches everywhere are watching your social media activity. Whether it’s a tweet, retweet, subtweet, or pictures/comments on Facebook and Instagram, coaches want athletes that will not tarnish the name of a college. Before you post anything, use a filter to ask yourself, can this next post cause me to lose out on an opportunity to attend my dream school?

Jennifer TeagueColumbia University, Softball

Coach Teague: Don’t post something that has a negative tone. Would you want your pastor or grandmother to see it?

Sherman WoodSalisbury University, Football

Coach Wood:  It makes me cringe when I see how narcissistic kids are today. 

Chad Martinovich – University of Rochester, Football

Coach Martinovich: Think before you hit “send”. Show you have great character in everything you do. 

Grace BarnardAssumption College, Women’s Soccer

Coach Barnard:  It’s a factor, but not the only factor. Sometimes we check it out.

Updated: 8/12/19

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