Parents! You are getting recruited too! I had the pleasure of meeting with a group of college coaches (both men and women’s teams) talking recruiting and they brought up the important topic of parents.

Coaches are looking for a balance between a supportive parent and one who gives the student-athlete independence. The biggest mistake you can make is write e-mails for your kids (they know when you do. 45-year-olds write differently than 18-year-olds).

One of the best things you can do is sit quietly and attentively during the interview and let your son or daughter answer the recruiter’s questions (very much like the quiet attentiveness I encourage youth sport parents to practice on the sideline, letting the kids play … so you should already be good at this!).

More in the interview below: