Navy coaches' influence on the admissions board

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  1. bubalma

    bubalma Member

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    Our son has all of his work done and is up for review by the Admissions Board. How much influence do Navy coaches have with the Admissions Board? I'm more interested in coaches' influence from non-tier one NCAA sports such as football (i. e. track, crew, soccer, sailing, etc).
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Honestly, it's hard to say. I've had a handful of recruited athletes, all of whom were easily sufficiently qualified academically, leadership, etc., to get in without being recruited. Some have been appointed; some have received turndowns. Can being recruited help? I'd be naive to say no. I personally have not seen a recruited athlete whom I thought should not be admitted end up being appointed; however, I can't say it never happens because my experience is very limited.

    I suspect, but don't know, that it comes down to (1) the sport, (2) how good the athlete is, (3) how strong the candidate is outside of athletics, and probably (4) how much influence the coach has.

    For the non-recruited athletes, understand that the vast majority of those applying -- and those appointed -- are athletes but not recruited athletes.
     
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    I agree with 1985, but my general feeling is that it never hurts to have a coach in your (the candidate's) corner, just in case...
     
  4. bubalma

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    THANK YOU!

    Thanks for the quick replies. I also don't think that interest from a coach is ever bad but it's not always a game changer either at a top notch institution.
     

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