Part of team PLT4M, Coach Hadley is a former D-1 football athlete and competitive USA Weightlifter who has spent the last 8 years as both a football and strength & conditioning coach at the college level. Hadley has spent time at Rhode Island, St. Lawrence University, Ithaca College, and is currently entering his 3rd season as the Defensive Coordinator and Head Strength Coach at Endicott College.
Find what you are passionate about. College athletics is a commitment like you cannot imagine. If you have true, unrelenting passion for your sport, all of the time and energy focused on being successful will be enjoyable. Even the longest practices and most grueling workouts followed by hours of meetings will be fun. If you try to make this commitment without passion – well, there’s the door.
Everyone wants to be the best and play in the biggest games. However, not all of us are fortunate enough to have the genetic make-up, family situation, close personal contacts, or high-quality exposure that would allow for the opportunity to play “big-time” athletics. Sure, you could try to re-live the Rudy Ruettiger story and devote your life to simply being on a team. But you LOVE to play your sport. Go to where you will play a major role in helping that team succeed.
In the age of instant gratification, free-flow of information, likes, and followers, there is intense pressure to sign up and pay for recruiting services. While many of these services promise more views of your highlight film and more exposure to colleges, the truth is: if a coach wants to recruit you, they will find you. Part of our job is to actively find recruits and we spend countless hours doing so. Whether it’s reading newspaper clippings, talking with colleagues, contacting coaches, speaking with school counselors/teachers, or watching game film, we will find you if your play and potential stands out.
Your best bet is to make a highlight film, get a list of schools you have interest in, then reach out to those schools personally. If you do not hear back from the SEC, they are not interested. Start with schools that you feel as if you can definitely play there, then move on to schools that will be more of a reach or a dream of yours. No one started at the top. But everyone started somewhere. Be proactive. Don’t pay someone to decide your future.
When it comes to communicating with college coaches, be as professional as possible. Proofread your emails and text messages. If you do not know how to shake a hand properly, learn. Look someone in the eye when they are speaking with you and speak up when you talk. If a coach sends you an email or leaves you a message, do everything you can to respond back to that coach within 24 hours. Even if you have zero interest in their institution. Let them know.
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