(I’ve added other resources since I originally published this article so I’m now up to 22 samples. Recently, I’ve only been adding resources that offer something other than a generic resume template. However, if I come across a great sample only resume, I’ll be sure to include it.)
There are plenty of samples of athletic resumes/profiles on the internet. It’s just tedious going through all the search results to find something useful. Well, I’ve just saved you the trouble–you can thank me later.
And yes, you should have an athletic resume. If for no other reason, having the resume will allow you to easily complete all of the online profiles teams require prospects to complete. This way the information will be all in one place.
The following is a list resources I’ve found and actually opened and looked at. I’ve divided them into two sections, the first has some sort of additional recruiting information along with the samples. The second section includes just sample resume and letters.
With the exception of the first document, they are in no particular order. The resources in the samples only section aren’t any better or worse than those that provide some sort of guide as well. In fact, I’ve included some even if I didn’t think they were so great (and indicate such) so you might only open these to use for comparison purposes.
I didn’t include just one best because sometimes you’ll find the best solution for you is to use a little something from a variety of sources. For all of these sources, be sure to double-check with the NCAA and NAIA for the latest information since very few of these guides are updated on a regular basis.
The College Planning Guide for Student Athletes by the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation Network. This is one resource I recommend everyone download. It includes a sample resume and cover letter but so much more. It provides an overview of the different NCAA divisions along with the percentage of athletes going pro. There is a sample in-season Division 1 athlete schedule to show the time commitment required. Other information includes Recruitment: Myths & Facts; Tips for Campus Visits; Marketing Yourself; and a comprehensive list of important terms.
Plus Recruiting Guide
Team Evanston College Soccer Recruitment Guide for Parents and Players. Comprehensive guide for soccer recruiting. Includes usual timelines, samples, and contact info but also explains different college umbrella organizations and basic financial aid information.
West Islip High School Guide to the College Bound Athlete. Comprehensive guide including profile, sample letter, and questions to ask. Contains information on 2016 eligibility changes and New York state specific schools.
St. Ignatius College Prep Planning Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete. Comprehensive guide that includes a checklist grid you can use for tracking your recruiting contacts with colleges. Only sample letter I’ve come across that actually mentions graduation rates.
Academy of the Holy Cross The NCAA & College: What You Need to Know About Playing Competitive Sports in College. Contains a sample volleyball resume and cover letter. Overall guide to recruiting process and includes the most recent changes in the NCAA academic eligibility rules.
Post Falls High School Guide for the College Bound Athlete. From 2008 so double-check the NCAA information. Includes questions to ask during college visits, information form to complete for a profile, sample letter (worth looking at), and a check list.
Peddie School A Guide for College Bound Student-Athletes. Basic overview with an explanation on the National Letter of Intent. Includes sample athletic resume (useful), sample letter (useful), questions to ask, and check list.
Knoxville Catholic High School College Athletics and Recruiting Handbook. Detailed description of the recruiting process. Provides numbers of players who make it to the next level and what it means when a coach contacts you. Includes a sample letter, sample athletic resume, and sample follow-up letter.
Deerfield High School College Bound Student-Athlete Planning Guide. Good, concise overview of the recruiting process. Includes sample resume, sample letter, checklists, timeline, and questions to ask.
Harvard-Westlake School Athletics and the College Process. Limited overview of process. Includes sample email, sample letter, sports resume, and questions to ask.
Capital Area Soccer League College Guide and College Letter Samples. Overview of the recruiting process with sample letter and resume. Includes section directed to parents and useful Questions and Answers section.
NCSA Writing a Recruiting Resume. Includes how to write an introduction, what academic information to include as well as specific information for football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, and softball.
Sample Resume and Letter Only
T20 Aquatics. Basic sports resume for a swimmer. Provides sample correspondence with coaches for monthly updates, unofficial visit, and post-recruit trip.
My College Tracker. Includes a sample letter and profile. I wouldn’t use them. The profile is just basic headings. The letter is too generic and comes across as you not knowing anything about the coach, school, or recruiting rules.
Gateway Region Volleyball Sample Athletic Resume. The focus is volleyball but still a good example to use.
Orinda Aquatics Sports Resume, Cover Letter & Correspondence. Word document that has a sample resume, coaches letter, and samples of other letters to keep the coach updated including a thank you letter. (In links after Junior Year)
Bullis School Athletic Resume and Cover Letters. Basic resume, no special formatting but the letters are useful.
Chesapeake Lacrosse Sample Resume and Cover Letters. Basic sample letter and resume.
Midwest Water Polo Sample Resume and Cover Letter. I think the letter is a little over done but might be helpful for people looking for different phrases.
Athnet How to Create a College Recruiting Resume. Short e-book on creating a resume with sport specific information and sample resume.
Castro Valley Soccer Club PDF soccer resume template. Nice set-up for club members since they only have to fill-in the blanks.
Varsityedge.com’s How to Create an Athletic Recruiting Resume. Includes two sample resumes, golf and baseball. They include interesting critiques of each.
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