Jill Lytle Wilson, a former LSU volleyball player who is now the Tigers’ associate head coach and recruiting coordinator, has been on both ends of the recruiting process, so she knows it inside and out. In this interview with Art of Coaching Volleyball’s Pat Kohan, Jill offers tips on ways coaches can succeed in finding players who are a good fit for their program:
Among the topics covered:
- Building good relationships with club players from the time they’re in middle school.
- Scouting players by watching them in multiple situations, not just a single match. As Jill notes, evaluating a player’s growth over time will tell you a lot about their potential at the next level.
- Handling the overwhelming task of answering athlete emails.
- What club and high school coaches can do to assist their athletes during the recruiting process.
- How youth coaches can help athletes make connections with college coaches.
- Recent changes in the recruiting rules.
- What coaches should watch for beyond volleyball when evaluating a potential recruit.
- Advice for parents of players who are being recruited.
- The pros and cons of social media as it relates to the process of vetting players.