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daves1243

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My DD signed an NLI a few weeks ago, and we just learned from a friend that the head coach resigned a week ago....no communication at all from the school (or the coach).

Obviously coaching changes go with the territory, and she isn't necessarily looking to make a change, especially at this late date.  But, rapport with the coach was a signficant factor in her decision and the lack of communication is concerning.

I would like to know what communication normally occurs in these situations, and what her options are, if any.  
SocalSB

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Pretty much none and none.

Chapple

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Originally Posted by daves1243
My DD signed an NLI a few weeks ago, and we just learned from a friend that the head coach resigned a week ago....no communication at all from the school (or the coach).

Obviously coaching changes go with the territory, and she isn't necessarily looking to make a change, especially at this late date.  But, rapport with the coach was a signficant factor in her decision and the lack of communication is concerning.

I would like to know what communication normally occurs in these situations, and what her options are, if any.  
You should understand that if the coach has resigned, she cannot contact your DD without having the risk that she is "tampering" with a player commited to a university.  If the coach were to go to another university it could be construed as recruiting away. 

As for the school, I don't know what obligation they have but I have to think that once a new coach is hired they will contact soon after. 

If she signed the NLI, she is committed for the year.  But there could be exceptions that you should contact the school about to discuss her situation and pursue options if you really want out. 
vcaldwell

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You are in luck in one regard. Once the NLI is signed the school is obligated to honor the scholarship for that year. This is a perfect example of why players should pick a school where they want to attend even without softball. You never know how the situation may change, coach leaving, injury, or horizons broaden. There is always a risk when you pick the coach over the school. Some coaches are great during recruiting and tyrants once you are on the team.

Now, that said, if your daughter doesn't want to play for the new coach then she needs to contact the AD immediately and request to be released from her NLI. She is then free to pursue other opportunities or even follow coach to new school. Until the new semester starts the school will not be dinged for the scholarship and your daughter doesn't lose any eligibility or create transfer problems down the road. Beware, unless the coach REALLY loved your kid she/he may not want her at the new program or there may not be a need at the new program.

While I have heard that a resigned/fired coach can't contact a player I believe the player can still contact the coach. Call and find out where they are going, if anywhere, and ask if there is a spot there for her. Then you can decide if that is a good situation to be in.

Good Luck

JMHO,
Vic

Andy

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When Florida had their last coaching change, the AD called the signed players and told them first before it was announced. They then told them they could opt out without penalty a that time or even after the saw who was hired. I would think that is the norm and most prudent way to do it. However, as the NLI is with the university and not the coach, they technically do not have to do anything. As with work, we do not always get to choose our boss.

An excellent point though because, the norm now is early verbals by underclassmen who then spend their  HS and travel showcases "off the market". then a coach gets fired and the early verbal may find themselves hung out to dry with the window of opportunity gone.
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