College Volleyball Recruiting Communication - NCAA Division III
Hi, I am a junior in high school and I am aiming toward a DIII level school. I have had interest from several smaller DI and DII schools, but I like the DIII attitude more, with a higher focus on a well rounded student. Anyway this spring I found my dream school it has everything I am looking for, along with a very good OT program which is my main interest. While visiting the campus during an open house I met with the coach and she seemed very interested in me. She brought me down to meet several of her players while she watched and my mom who was sitting with her said she thought I fit in really well. To sum it up the meeting went great. When I returned home I sent a follow up email thanking her and she invited me to the volleyball camp and later to visit again in October for a recruit day. Within the next two weeks I sent her my highlight reel and told her i would be coming to the camp. It has been around two weeks since I last emailed her and she has not yet replied. What is a realistic time frame to expect a reply? Should I expect a reply?
On to my second question, as I mentioned earlier my main interest is Occupational Therapy and at this school to get into the program they recommend that you apply early decision or early action. What worries me is I do not have a good judgement of how high I am on her recruit list and I do not want to risk my chance of getting into the OT program because I am not sure if I have a spot on the team. This is how it works for most schools that offer OT because they have a limited class size and applying early decision limits me to one choice.How do I convey this to the head coach without seeming, for want of a better word, pushy?
As to your first question - This is a very slow time with recruiting, especially for NCAA DIII coaches. It does not surprise me that the coach is tardy in replying to your email; I would not read too much into it. If you are going to a summer club volleyball championship event, this would give a reason for sending another email to update the coach on your summer volleyball plans.
Your second question - You need to separate church and state (USA Constitution reference); is this school attractive because of academics or athletics? What is the relationship percentage to each other? Early Decision is a common academically elite school's admissions protocol and the coach should know this. But, as specialized as your academic interest is, and as you reference, Occupational Therapy (OT) will have early decision at almost every other DIII school.
If Volleyball is your priority, then you should really be choosing a DI or DII school which may support your academic interest in OT - Volleyball drives the collegiate decision.
If OT is your priority, then you pick the DIII school which gives you the best academic fit, and then present yourself to the volleyball team as a great addition. If you have the talent to garner interest from DI and strong DII programs, the DIII coach will bring you onto the team because your talent level is more than what they may usually garner. Just remember that DIII programs/coaches tend to operate in a different reality than DI and DII/NAIA.