Ok well im trying to debate on this and trying to see what some of you guys think. Heres the deal, Its the middle of the track season and we have the probably the biggest meet of the year this weekend, not including districts and regionals, and we have a meet tommorow and my coach is just running us to the ground. I want to sit out to save energy for the big meet but i guess not. So i am trying to decide if i should transfer to a bigger school for better academics and a better coach and program. Would that be a good idea? Would it affect colleges that look at me because i want to go Division 1? thanks for your help, i want to do whats best for me, not only track wise but academic wise, thanks
Good idea or bad idea?
Nick Newman on April 30, 2009 at 11:09 am #82624
Make sure you go somewhere where you will get good coaching and academics…I don’t see any negatives at all in that.
Ask the coach his reasoning. But do it nicely. If he/she fills you with bullshit than you know to leave. Be prepared to answer questions yourself.
I love to have my athletes question or sit down and talk to me about training because that is my time to educate them. If your coach gets confrontational than that should be red flag #2.
johnstrang on April 30, 2009 at 11:29 am #82628
I agree, go for the academics. Not many track athletes go pro and if they do they don’t make much money. What grade are you in? I don’t think school size matters too much with trying to get into a D1. Just do well then apply to the schools you want to go to academically and email the coaches at those colleges with your stats and then pick the best situation.
Ehh I think choosing a school based on academics can be a little misguided. Before you go crazy let me explain.
There are MANY professions that NOW require a Masters degree. If your intended profession requires a masters than I wouldn’t put so much emphasis on undergraduate universities, but getting solid grades and a solid foundation to open the door to more prestigious Masters programs.
There is no masters program that picks a Division I student over a Division II or III student. It is strictly on academic standing
It is important to always aim high but there are many Division III schools with better academics than Division I. However, if your profession doesn’t require a masters disregard my information.
johnstrang on April 30, 2009 at 1:14 pm #82631
I absolutely agree with the Division III statement. I am from back east and all the small schools around there are better. He said he wants to go D1 and I think its important to find a school that matches up to what you are looking for athletically and academically
I agree but he mentioned he wanted to go to a bigger school “for better academics and a better coach and program.”
I just wanted to make the point that DI isn’t necessarily better.
Also there are many “levels” of D1. Also, I know several BIG name schools with poor coaching and or track and field programs.
Making an educated decision is important, thats all.
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