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Letter from a College Coach

Posted Saturday, May 12, 2012 by Joe Susan

I SENT THIS TO OUR RECRUITS. I KNOW THERE ARE SOME THINGS IN HERE THAT MIGHT HELP YOU IN TRYING TO KEEP THEM ON A STRAIGHT LINE. MY BEST TO YOU YOUR STAFF AND TEAM AS YOU END THE SCHOOL YEAR AND START WHATS NEXT.

I hope you and your family are well. I am in the end of the second week of spring recruiting. I have been fortunate to evaluate some outstanding young men. That is consistent with our staff as they are spread out geographically. The task now is to attract the right people who are great players.

As you come to the end of your junior year it is critical that you finish school year with strength. It will provide you with momentum into the summer and give you a chance to remain ahead academically. The grades you get as FINAL must mean something in regards to your preparation and work ethic. We look at that carefully as do our admissions personnel.

Once you have completed your junior year would you please email me or fax me a copy of your transcript. It would be best to include your projected academic schedule for the fall and your standardized test record.

The end of the school year and the change in the weather creates a lot of opportunities. What you do with them will dictate your success. You will have a chance to go to the prom. BE A GENTLEMAN. You might go on a class trip. BE A LEADER. You will have a chance to go to some of your friend’s graduation parties. DO WHAT IS RIGHT. Am I lecturing? YOU BET.

Every one of us is going to want you to come to our camp. Make sure you plan in advance and understand that your senior year is critical to the success of the team you are on right now.  Some guys get “camped out” by stretching themselves to a point of exhaustion which can easily lead to injury. Ask your high school coach for his guidance and honesty in how you should approach this.

As a rising senior it is best to plan to go to ONE DAY CAMPS. This will give you some flexibility in terms of the number you can attend. It will also minimize the stress on your parent(s) wallets. When you are at the camp COMPETE. I have seen guys hide in the back of the line when it comes to one on ones. I encourage you to be first in line all the time. You get more out of your money that way.

Make sure you are smart about listening to your body. Warm up prior to doing anything explosive. Ice down and stretch afterwards. It is critical you stay ahead of hydration as well. Being thirsty is too late.

Understand that this summer is time to enjoy being who you are as a teenager. DON’T EVER WISH AWAY TIME. Be smart when you drive, NO TEXTING…NO DRINKING…AND SMART ABOUT YOUR SPEED. The testosterone that is coursing through your body makes you want to take risks and show that you are a man. Slow down a little and think things out. Remember

 

CHARACTER IS WHO YOU ARE WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING.

I don’t want to sound like I am preaching. I just have more experience than you. Enjoy yourself. Take things in stride. The best is yet to come.

Take care,

Joe Susan


   

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