Coach Sample Letter of Recommendation – Marine Corps Option
ROTC Scholarship consulting strongly recommends that a candidate’s second letter of recommendation be from a coach. This is because the Marine Corps puts a premium on physical fitness and the leadership that comes from being a part of a team. We recommend that candidates give a sample recommendation narrative to their coach in order to maximize their impact. We provide commentary at the end telling you why this sample letter is effective.
Narrative Prompt for Your Coach:
Please tell us how you feel this candidate would perform at the college level in your area. Thank you for your time, concern and Cooperation.
I was Jeff’s football coach and track and field coach over the last four years. I observed him not just as a stellar athlete but also as a leader for the sports teams that I coach.
As a veteran myself, I understand that Marine Corps officers must lead by example and be physically fit. I know I admired Marine Corps officers that I served under who excelled at fitness and led from the front. Also, I know that the physical fitness requirements for Marines is rigorous and includes fitness tests which test both muscular strength and endurance as well as cardiovascular fitness. I also know that the Marines put emphasis on combatives and other contact events. I have no doubt in observing Jeff over the past four years that he will excel in this diverse program. In his position of linebacker on the football team, it requires significant lateral movement and speed as well as upper body strength. Jeff clearly demonstrates these characteristics and is my best linebacker going into senior year. In track and field, he is a pole vaulter which has similar demands for both speed, agility, and strength.
Having said this, Jeff is an even better leader. He was chosen this year as captain of the football team not just by our coaches but the players. Jeff is clearly a leader who is respected by his coaches and teammates. Jeff is able to motivate his teammates, not in a demeaning or intimidating way, but one that respects each person as an individual. Jeff lives daily the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment. Additionally, we have a very ethnically diverse high school. Jeff is respected by all the players of our team, whether they are African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or White. I believe these leader traits will suit him well in a military that is both culturally and ethnically diverse.
I cannot recommend Jeff enough for the Marine Corps option, Navy ROTC scholarship. What you will get with Jeff is a stellar athlete but also a leader of character and integrity. He comes with my highest recommendation.
What you will notice in the narrative are several things. One, the coach is aware of the athletic requirements of the Marine Corps option as well as the Marine Corps in general.
Additionally, the Coach quantifies how the candidate ranks by comparing him to others he has coached over several years. This reinforces the ratings that the coach gave the student and makes a greater impact than generic statements.
Finally, he speaks to the candidate’s leadership which is important because the other letter is from the English teacher. The coach needs to bring out the athlete and leader profile as much as possible.
Final Thoughts on Marine Corps ROTC Letters of Recommendation
Most recommenders will appreciate it if you give an example recommendation letter to them. It saves them time and effort, especially if they have to do multiple letters for you. Additionally, you help the recommender understand the course of instruction for Marine Corps Option candidates, so they appear more knowledgeable. This greatly increases the impact of your teacher and coach narratives.
Take the time to give your English teacher and Coach sample recommendation letters and you are that much closer to winning a Marine Corps option scholarship! Make sure to get the correct contact information for your chosen evaluators. Ready to apply now?
You can download both sample letters of recommendation here in PDF format to print and hand out.
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