If you are interested in a certain school or schools have a release sent to them and let the coach know at those schools know you are interested. Give them a way to contact you when the release arrives.
I would suggest that you talk to your coach although technically you don’t have to. Your compliance person would send the release to the other compliance person. If you get a release you can compete next year.
Talk to your coach first and right now so they can work on replacing you and you are much more likely to get the release. I don’t think there are many coaches that would deny your release.