Tips from the Pros: Communicating with Your Coaches – Tips from an NFL Scout

Tips from the Pros: Communicating with Your Coaches – Tips from an NFL Scout

@1001RecruitTips recently caught up with a 10-year NFL Scout veteran for his thoughts on importance of communicating with your coaches:

It’s astounding how many guys aren’t building personal relationships with their coaches – that’s a huge thing in the NFL. Guys have to learn how to communicate with their coaches.

It would be great to see more players learning how to buy in– if you don’t know, ask questions, be personalable, that says a lot. What kind of communication skills does this guy have? Is this going to be a guy who is hard to speak with? Coaches have to know who they can coach– they have to be able to communicate with their players. If you’re playing a key position where you’re the guy making a call in the secondary, they have to trust you to do it. Trust is huge – communication is huge.

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You don’t know how refreshing it is to a coach for a player to just walk in and say “Coach, I want to get better today. Can we watch some tape?” Players have no idea how many points that wins them in the eyes of their coach. Now, that coach wants to go to war with them! I hear coaches talk about it all the time. They want kids like that. Instead, they have to chase players down just to make sure they show up for breakfast checks and go to class.

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A.P. Bah Bioh brings over 16 seasons of experience to 1,001 Recruit Tips, having worked for some of the best recruiters in sports, including three "National Coach of the Year" winners -- Urban Meyer, Frank Haith and Jim Larranaga -- along with 70+ NCAA coaches while at Elon University, UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Florida and the University of Miami. Working primarily with football and men's basketball, Bah Bioh also spent time working with Olympic Sport coaching staffs including softball, women's lacrosse, fencing, golf, tennis and rowing. Bah Bioh has been part of numerous championships including the 2007 Florida Gator BCS National Championship; 2006 Florida Gator SEC Football Championship; the 2013 ACC Men's Basketball Championship and Sweet 16 NCAA Tourney run with the Miami Hurricanes that included both tournament and regular-season ACC titles; a 2002 UNC ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship and Final Four finish; a 2001 UNC ACC Softball championship and as a senior, was part of the 1999 Elon Football team that finished with a 9-2 record, one of the best seasons in program history. Over the years, Bah Bioh has worked with over 30 first-round draft selections (NFL, NBA, MLB) and numerous players who went on to sign professional contracts including Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Rex Grossman, Percy Harvin, Mike and Markuice Pouncey, Shane Larkin, Joe Haden and many more!