From the Desk or Dashboard of Division 1 & 2 College Coaches…

By Jamie Quinn | Zoned RedHawks' Recruiting Coordinator | @JQuinn14

The recruiting trail for college baseball coaches is exhausting and draining to an extent. Division 1-college coaches go an entire 56 game schedule, a possible conference tournament appearance, and even an NCAA Regional or further. Division 2 programs can play up to between 50-60 including the post-season.

All the while, they attempt to get out to as many high school games as possible to see potential student-athletes (PSA's); ones in which are already on the coaches' radar previously.

As a former Division 1 assistant, I can attest to how busy these guys are. They have a job to do and they take their profession seriously. That being said, they come across pet peeves throughout the recruiting world of college baseball. Recently, I picked current Division 1 and 2 coaches' brains to get an updated feel on the pet peeves of recruiting in order to educate both parents and PSA's. The recruiting pet peeves that were elaborated on in the recruiting process cover: communication, PSA, travel ball coaches, and parents.

In keeping the honesty, integrity, and relationships with these coaches, their names and programs will remain anonymous; yet will indulge their conferences; to enlighten which level of Division 1 and 2 play these men coach at. Division 1 Coaches from the Atlantic-10 (A-10), the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), The Big Ten, and the Northeast Conference (NEC), have all participated along with the Northeast-10 Conference (NE10) in Division 2.

COMMUNICATION Pet Peeves:

  • Players with limited communication skills that would rather use text and Snapchat instead of face-to-face communication or phone calls...BIG issue these days.
  • On a visit to school, the parents do all the talking, not the PSA.
  • When you get a 2019 to call you and he says, "My coach said to call you." Our thought process is, 'Are you interested in our program and playing for us or what?'

PSA Pet Peeves:

  • False sense of worth and how good they are... Another BIG issue these days
  • When having constant communication with a PSA, and that PSA gets invited to the program's on-campus camp, the PSA does not attend the camp. If we're recruiting a PSA, have constant contact, and invite them to campus for the camp; we want our entire coaching staff to see the PSA play. The PSA can get a feel for our program, the campus, and the coaching staff. For them not to come, they are off our board.
  • PSA's saying things to college coaches as if the college coaches don’t talk to each other or see each other all the time.
  • When a PSA takes the time to email us and tell us how much they like the school and the program; then the day of the showcase comes and they do not come up and introduce themselves or they blow us off.
  • Lack of initiative for HIS recruiting process and the parents answer all the emails as if they are scripted. We see right through emails that are written by parents for the player.
  • Bad GPA/SAT/ACT scores. No matter how good of a ballplayer a kid is, if he has poor grades we can't get him in the school, and will cease from recruiting him.

TRAVEL BALL COACH Pet Peeves:

  • Coaches telling half-truths about players while leaving negative information out.
  • Coaches exaggerating a player's skills and competitiveness.
  • Coaches who take and pin one program's scholarship offer and shop it around to the other programs.

PARENTS Pet Peeves:

  • Parents asking you questions regarding how hard their kid is throwing during the game that you are there to see him play.
  • Parents telling you how good a player is or their own kid is.
  • Parents telling you their kid deserves X amount of scholarship money.
  • Answering emails for player.
  • Initiating the recruiting process for the player.
  • Parents showing more of an interest than the players. No problem with hearing from parents through the process, but when they are continually contacting me and sending me game updates, we start getting the feeling that if we do happen to land this recruit, will he or will he not have the drive or commitment to play that his parents are displaying. There is a big commitment that goes into playing college baseball, along with academics, and a social life. We want the kids who LOVE to play the game, that way it is never a grind or gets boring. We want the players who will return our calls and be enthusiastic about their own progress because they will be the ones that are excited to go to practice and put in the time to prepare for game day.

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