Interviewing with College Coaches is designed to help both the student-athlete and parents with one of the final steps in the student-athlete recruiting process – the face-to-face (or telephone) meeting with the coaches. It provides preparation and guidance in areas that are very foreign to inexperienced high school student interviewers, answering questions such as:
• What is the objective of an interview?
• What is the process itself, what are the steps?
• What questions will the coach ask?
• What questions should I ask?
• How do I conclude an interview?
• What happens next?
• What if it’s over the phone?
• It didn’t go well – why?
• I didn’t like them; now what?
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The Table of Contents for Interviewing with College Coaches is shown below.
2. Objective of an Interview
3. Interview Overview
a. Proper Preparation
b. Arrival at the Interview
c. Your Appearance
d. The Interview
e. Advice for Parents
4. Typical Interview Questions & Responses
a. Background Questions
b. Personality Questions
c. Motive Questions
5. Questions for You to Ask
a. About the Team
b. About the Program
c. About the Coach
d. About the Academics
e. About Campus Life
f. About Financial Aid
6. Concluding the Interview
7. Follow-up Email
8. Telephone Interviews
9. Top Ten Reasons for Rejection – Plus One
10. A Maxim to Remember
a. Max-StARS Know Yourself Worksheet
b. Max-StARS College Evaluation Worksheet
c. Max-StARS Interview Checklist
So, You Want to be a College Athlete is the companion to Interviewing with College Coaches. Designed to walk the student-athlete and his or her parents through the earlier stages of the selection and recruiting process, this sister publication will help parents and high school student-athletes initiate, clarify, and continue important, life-directing family conversations about college selection and recruiting – and of ultimately finding their right-fit school.
It is due to be published in the summer of 2012.
The Table of Contents for So, You Want to be a College Athlete follows:
2. Participating in Collegiate Athletics
3. Tell Me About the NCAA
a. Recruiting Terms
c. Recruiting Process & Rules
d. Eligibility Standards & Amateurism
e. Clearing House (Eligibility Center)
f. Events, Timelines, & Timetables
h. Sponsored Sports
4. College Entrance Examinations: SAT’s and ACT’s
5. Academic Index
6. Title IX
7. Finances & Scholarships
8. Committing (National Letter of Intent and “Likely Letters”)
9. College Selection: Do Your Research
a. Know Yourself
b. Know the School
c. Know the Coach
d. College Visits
10. Student-Athlete Resumes: What Works
11. Contacting College Coaches
a. Email Addresses
b. Social Networking Accounts
12. Showcases, Combines, Camps, Clinics
14. Club & Intramural Sports
15. Sleep For Athletic Success
16. Sports Psychology
17. Parent’s Advice and Support
18. What now?
19. Closing the Deal
20. Breaking Up is Hard To Do
About the author:
Jim Plappert is acutely aware of the needs and concerns of the up-and-coming student-athlete. As the founder of Max-StARS, a college selection consulting firm, he works with student-athletes every day. He has seen firsthand how overwhelming the process can be to those who are completely new to it and the missteps taken by those who did not have the guidance and the tools to balance the emotional side of the decision with the facts of the situation.
A former student-athlete himself, Jim has stayed actively involved over the last thirty years with his four children, starting in community recreational sports with coaching and then in various booster clubs. Jim is also involved with regional and national tournament management as the Tournament Director for EventHockey.
Jim received his secondary schooling at the Mercersburg Academy, has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, and earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He spent twenty years in industrial sales and marketing. Following that, Jim founded an executive recruiting and consulting firm and spent another twenty years helping people maximize their potential as candidates for the business world and helping his client companies find the best possible employees to meet their ongoing needs.
As a recruiter, Jim developed excellent networking skills and used that talent to meet with and talk to the "brightest and the best" coaches, players, and parents with regard to the college student-athlete selection process and, ultimately, how to best counsel the student-athlete to succeed in those efforts.