Recruit PKB College Consultant recently asked the UNCG Head Women's Golf Coach Janell Howland to answer a few questions about her recruiting and coaching philosophy. What is your own coaching philosophy? People first, Students second, Golfers third. Everything we do in our program revolves around those 3 things, in that order. What do you love about being a college coach? Seeing personal growth from each girl from the time they get to me until the time they graduate. What do you look for with a resume and swing video? Grades, Golf Scores from multiple years to see how they are trending, Extra activities that they are involved in. I want to see an all-around person as well as an athlete. What are some good questions you ask players on visits to help determine the best fit? What size of school are they looking for? What size of team are [...]
So much of the recruiting process is a two way street with the recruits and coaches. - It amazes me how many times I hear players get frustrated because a coach never replies back, yet when a coach at a school they're not interested in emails them, they won't reply to them either! - I always try to remind my players that it's a two way street. Yes, the coaches are the adults and have more experience in the recruiting world but as my last post stated, they're human too. - They get frustrated when they email a player and never get a response. - Even if you don't like the response you may get from a coach that says they're not interested, it's always better than getting nothing at all. - So if a coach sends you an email and you're 100% not interested then just [...]
Although many of you may be years away from heading off to college, I wanted to share some insight into what makes the experience of college golf so awesome! - ♦️ Playing college golf is a privilege - Yes, you earned it thru hard work and dedication as a junior golfer, but it's still not something you're "entitled" to, it is an opportunity provided to you that comes with a lot of responsibility and respect! Do not EVER take that for granted!! ♦️ Be a good teammate - Many aspects of college golf are still very individual but remember that you're part of a team. Support and cheer for your teammates, help them out any way you can, don't stir up team drama and embrace their unique qualities and different backgrounds. On our team in college, we had players from MN, PA, CT, SC, GA, IL and RI. [...]
"All around good in every area. Over-achieve in academics, golf, life and community service. Be a role model." - Division 1 Women's Golf Coach While at times it may feel hard to do it all, especially as a high school athlete, do your best to overachieve in as many areas as you can. Manage your time wisely so that you can commit yourself to activities that don't all revolve around just playing golf. It's ok to take a little time away especially when it means you are doing some community service work to help others or focusing on your academics for an upcoming exam or test. While being an elite level golfer requires a lot of time and dedication, when you keep your life well rounded it helps you keep everything in perspective better.