A Division 3 Coach Shares One Recruiting Secret

Q&A with Case Western Reserve Coach Greg Debeljak

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor


Greg Debeljak has compiled an overall record of 91-43 (.679) in 13 seasons as the Case Western Reserve University head coach. He led the Spartans to a 38-game regular season winning streak from 2006-10.

How is the recruiting process different at a Division 3 school like Case Western compared to a Division 1 school?

“Because of our academic standards, it’s the Ivy League model. Our standards are that the average ACT score is 32. The combined math and verbal scores on the SAT are 1,400. We’re a very selective school. We have to recruit at the national level, and we reach out to coaches and kids all over the country. Our recruiting period starts in the spring of their junior year. That’s when we make initial contact. Going to camps over the summer has become so important. We go all over the country. This year, we went to high academic camps in Florida, Georgia, Texas, California, and a huge one in Boston. We supplement that by going to as many Ivy League camps as we can. We look for Ivy League academics, and players that are just a bit short of being able to play there.”

What more can high school coaches do to help their players get recruited?

“High school coaches do a really good job of getting us film. I’d recommend sending transcripts along with the film. Send a PDF of the unofficial transcript that includes the junior year. If they get that out before the player’s senior year, that’s so helpful.”

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