(It’s been a little over a year since I’ve updated the resources, and wow, a lot of the more comprehensive planning guides have disappeared! I’ve found replacements for them but they’re getting harder to find. There are still plenty of sample resumes and letters available so focusing on adding quality over quantity for my listing. If you don’t like any of the samples you see here, you can easily find others on the internet. )
There are plenty of samples of athletic resumes/profiles on the internet. After all, it seems just about every recruiting website has one posted. It’s just tedious going through all the search results to find something useful. Well, I’ve just saved you the trouble–you can thank me later.
And yes, you should have an athletic resume. If for no other reason, having the resume will allow you to easily complete all of the online profiles teams require prospects to complete. This way the information will be all in one place.
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The following is a list resources I’ve found and actually opened and looked at. I’ve divided them into two sections, the first has some sort of substantial additional recruiting information along with the samples. The second section includes just sample resume and letters.
With the exception of the first two documents, they are in no particular order. The resources in the samples only section aren’t any better or worse than those that provide some sort of guide as well. In fact, I’ve included some even if I didn’t think they were so great (and indicate such) so you might only open these to use for comparison purposes.
I didn’t include just one best because sometimes you’ll find the best solution for you is to use a little something from a variety of sources. For all of these sources, be sure to double-check with the NCAA and NAIA for the latest information since very few of these guides are updated on a regular basis.
The College Planning Guide for Student Athletes is no longer being updated by the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation Network. This is one resource I have always recommend everyone download. Unfortunately, it’s replacement, The College Insider Series: Student Athletes isn’t nearly as good. The new version includes a sample resume and cover letter along with an overview of the different NCAA divisions along.
But it’s missing the information on the percentage of athletes going pro. There used to be a sample in-season Division 1 athlete schedule to show the time commitment required. It still includes valuable information and is worth downloading but it’s just not as good as the original. So I’m keeping a link to the original for a while until I think the extra information isn’t worth the inclusion of possible outdated information.
My current choice of if you’re only going to download one item is Lebanon School District’s Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete. The example athletic resume is best as a content guide rather than formatting. However, it includes a good sample cover letter. One thing the guide includes a recruiting funnel which should help anyone understand why a letter alone doesn’t mean you’re being recruited. You’ll also find information on the recruiting timeline, the recruiting process, tips, and questions to ask. It a great resource to start with.
With Recruiting Guide
St. Ignatius College Prep Planning Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete. Comprehensive guide that includes a checklist grid you can use for tracking your recruiting contacts with colleges. Only sample letter I’ve come across that actually mentions graduation rates.
Academy of the Holy Cross The NCAA & College: What You Need to Know About Playing Competitive Sports in College. Contains a sample volleyball resume and cover letter. Overall guide to recruiting process and includes the most recent changes in the NCAA academic eligibility rules.
San Marcos College Soccer College Soccer Recruitment Guide for Parents and Players. This guide is available from several different soccer websites. It includes two sample letters and one sample resume. It has a nice section addressed to parents covering financial aid and amateurism.
High School District 214 Student-Athlete College Handbook. It also has information on Qualifer Status, Walk-Ons, and Education-Impacting Disabilities. It contains one sample letter but it never mentions the college the student is interested in. Pretty standard resume but doesn’t include any sports related stats.
Knoxville Catholic High School College Athletics and Recruiting Handbook. Detailed description of the recruiting process. Provides numbers of players who make it to the next level and what it means when a coach contacts you. Includes a sample letter, sample athletic resume, sample follow-up letter, and statistics to include by sport.
Metro Express Player Recruiting Guide. This isn’t a single PDF you can download. Everything is listed as individual files. It has three player profiles, all in Word format which makes them convenient for editing. They are all softball examples but it will give an idea of the importance of including athletic stats. It has 2 cover letter samples. Be sure to take a look at the Compare & Score Your College Selections for things to be looking for.
Collegiate Soccer Academy Soccer Resume. Only resume I’ve seen that includes an a link to a video setup as an image so that it look embedded. Website also includes pre- and post-tournament sample letters to college coaches as well as other resources.
Montgomery County Public Schools The Student Athlete’s Game Plan. Like other guides, the NCAA information is probably dated. However, besides the sample letter and profiles, it contains a section on the role of school personnel in the application process.
NCSA Writing a Recruiting Resume. You’ll find how to write an introduction, what academic information to include as well as specific information for football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, and softball.
Staples High School Athletics in the College Admissions Process Guide. Relatively short guide that includes one sample resume and one letter. Instead of repeating what’s found in the NCAA guide it actually lists their specific high school classes that won’t count towards eligibility and a short overview of athletic scholarships.
Kearney Soccer Club College Search Information. The resources section has a sample letter with two versions and a player profile template, both in Word format. Take the time to read “Once you are on the team” and “Soccer Recruiting Myths“.
Sample Resume and/or Letter Only
T20 Aquatics. Basic sports resume for a swimmer. Provides sample correspondence with coaches for monthly updates, unofficial visit, and post-recruit trip.
Orinda Aquatics Sports Resume, Cover Letter & Correspondence. Word document that has a sample resume, coaches letter, and samples of other letters to keep the coach updated including a thank you letter. (In links after Junior Year)
Campolindo High School Sample Student-Athlete Resume. Nothing special but some might find the sample letter useful.
School of the Holy Child Sample Resume and Email. Again nothing special but the sample letter may contain a phrase or two you could use. Don’t use the “Please send me everything…” sentence unless you want to look like you know nothing about the school and are totally helpless. You should end it with you saying what you will be doing next.
Midwest Water Polo Sample Resume and Cover Letter. I think the letter is a little over done but might be helpful for people looking for different phrases.
Castro Valley Soccer Club PDF soccer resume template. Nice set-up for club members since they only have to fill-in the blanks.
Broomfield Soccer Club Player Profile Template. Simple, easy to modify template in Word format.
USA Today Recruiting Column: How to get your first email noticed by college coaches. Critique of a good and a bad email to a coach.
Seattle Select Player Profile Template. I’m including this one because it’s the first one I’ve encountered in an Excel format.
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