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Coaches Avoid Recruiting Players That Let Parents Speak For Them

By Positive Coaching Alliance, 08/25/17, 1:30PM CDT


Watch the video: Stanford Women’ golf coach Anne Walker on how important it is for recruits to speak for themselves when meeting college coaches.



Anne Walker was named the Margot and Mitch Milias Director of Women’s Golf (@StanfordWGolf) in 2012, quickly establishing herself as one of the top college coaches in the country. She has guided the Cardinal to four consecutive NCAA Championships berths, and captured the first national title in program history during the 2014-15 season.


Walker wants players she can connect with. She wants to know what kind of person she is adding to the team, because if there is no connection, then she will not be able to successfully coach that player. There is no way she can know if there is a connection if the player is spoken for by their parents. She is not coaching parents, so if at the end of a meeting, if the recruit has not said anything, then Walker does not see a future with that recruit on the team.

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Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.