As the winningest women’s basketball coach in Fairmont State University history, Coach Steve McDonald is no stranger to victory, and with 19 seasons of coaching under his belt, he knows how to land quality recruits. 2aDays sat down with Coach McDonald to learn how your recruiting process can be a win, too.
What is the most important quality you look for in a recruit?
Trustworthiness. A player needs to trust their coaches and teammates. Without trust, there is no team.
What is the best way for a recruit to get on your radar?
First, they have to be good. Second, they must do all the intangibles, dive for loose balls, never walk, acknowledge a good pass, pick up their teammates off the floor and never quit.
When should an athlete contact you, what is the best way? (age, grade, time of year, email, phone, or other)
Sophomore or junior year. Usually email works best initially.
What are your expectations for incoming players in the classroom, in the weight room, and on the court?
We expect their best. Our team rules are: play hard and be on time.
What are the do’s and don’ts of being recruited?
I don’t believe in do’s and don’ts. Just be yourself.
What is the best advice you can offer a recruit?
Work on your game. Get shots up. Don’t let anyone outwork you.
What really jumps out to you when reviewing a recruit’s highlight tape?
Shooting ability and effort.
What are the main do’s and don’ts for a recruit’s highlight tape?
Make sure you identify yourself so I know who to watch.
What advice do you have for recruits who get turned down by their dream schools? What are their options if they don’t gain the recruiting attention they desire?
Most kids don’t go to their “dream” school. Be realistic in your expectations. Find the right fit.
How big a factor is social media when recruiting players? What advice do you have for athletes regarding social media?
Social media is certainly here to stay. Be very careful what you say and what you appear to endorse. Assume that anyone and everyone will read what you write and see what you post.
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