- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Right Fit Press; first edition (March 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615213332
- ISBN-13: 978-0615213330
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The greatest compliment to Laurie Richter's book for parents concerning college recruiting is that our coaches--the guys who have spent years doing this--found it to be a solid road map of the how to's of the business. It is accurate, fair, and gives valuable insight to parents and young people who are making one of life's most important decisions for a college-bound athlete. I have always said that recruiting is like dating, and you need to know all you can about a person before you get engaged. This book helps you figure out how to do that. --Mack Brown, Head Football Coach, University of Texas at Austin
From a coaching perspective, recruiting is an inexact science. This book provides a refreshingly accurate and honest assessment of the recruiting process and solid advice on how to manage it. Sports and educational opportunities are plentiful, but finding the best fit scholastically, athletically, and socially should be the primary goal. This is an excellent guide. --Jody Conradt, Head Coach, Women's Basketball, University of Texas at Austin, 1976-2007
No one's going to get noticed sitting on the bench. Put Me In, Coach: A Parent's Guide to Winning the Game of College Recruiting is a hands on high school athlete parent's guide to helping their child get the chance they need to win that prestigious sports scholarship. Advocating starting as early as possible, it's an athlete's guide to preparation for college. A complete and comprehensive manual to the path to college athletics, Put Me In, Coach is invaluable. --Midwest Book Review--
Richter's book guides parents through each step of the recruiting process, starting with actually deciding whether or not college athletics are a good fit for you and your child. Besides drawing on her personal experiences, Richter reviewed statistics from the NCAA, talked to college-bound students and their parents and interviewed college coaches from a range of sports and schools. The result is an honest tutorial that stresses the importance of researching potential colleges as early as the ninth grade. --North Shore Magazine, March 2009--
Richter's book on recruiting hits the nail on the head. Put Me In, Coach, A Parent's Guide to Winning the Game of College Recruiting is a thoughtful and detailed look into everything a student athlete and his parents need to know before attempting to find a school that best fits the student's needs. Put Me In, Coach is full of common sense tips for the prospective student athlete. --Lincolnshire Review, A Pioneer Press Publication. January 8, 2009-- Put Me In, Coach has a lot of great info. It will help the student athlete who wants to get recruited, better navigate a process that has become a lot more complex than it used to be. --Kristine Lilly, Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Women's Soccer
From the Author
Every year, hundreds of thousands of high school athletes hope to play their sport in college. Most will find the recruiting process complex, frustrating, exhausting, and shrouded in mystery. It doesn't need to be this way for your child. I decided to write this book quite simply because it was the book I wished I had found on the shelf when my son started looking at colleges. When I compared the stories of athletes who had positive recruiting outcomes with those less satisfied, the difference was seldom due to the level of talent. More often, success came when kids and parents understood the recruiting process, took the initiative to get the athlete noticed, and identified the schools that were the best fit in all areas...not just athletics. I hope you will use this book to guide your student-athlete toward a happy ending.
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Even if you are not sure whether your child will be interested in pursuing sports at the college level, you should read this book. It helps set up the ground rules and the "have to's" along the way. It can also help you assist your child while they sort through the important elements to consider as they contemplate sports in college. The format is simple and easy so you can just refer to one chapter at a time as needed.
Although our family has been through this process successfully with two college athletes happily ensconced in exactly the right schools for them, we will definitely use this book to guide our thinking as our youngest heads off to freshman year of high school.