<p>Speaking as a coach/arts director, there's a limit to how much influence most of us have, especially at the schools that are rejecting 80% or more of their applicants. So I'd caution you to keep your expectations in check--writing a letter to a coach will probably not be "your way in," but it can answer your questions about the program that the website didn't.</p>
<p>If you do write a coach keep in mind that this individual may or may not have strong ties with Admissions. S/he may or may not pass along any details of your contact. At any rate, keep your contact brief. Introduce yourself as a prospective student, explain your involvement with the sport/art in a sentence just to give your skill level some context. Then ask your genuine and specific question about the program. Faculty at boarding schools are busy, but we will usually stop to answer a question or two about our programs if we can squeeze in the time. The most you can then hope for is that the coach/director will follow up with admissions and a little note will go in your file. Again, there's no guarantee that this will even happen. The rarer your sport or instruments are, the higher likelihood that you'll get a response, but even then, no promises. Teachers get dozens of emails every day--all requiring our time, care, and attention. Even a teacher with the best intentions could easily get sidetracked by the immediate needs of current students, advisees, colleagues, and his own family. </p>
<p>I think the kids who post on these boards tend to be nice, earnest kids, and I know it can be difficult to wait for March 10. I'd urge you to have confidence in the application you already put together, and only reach out if you have specific, genuine questions. (If you didn't get to visit the school in person, you probably do have some honest questions.)Boarding School faculty who coach/direct the arts are busy people with lots of demands on our time--and we don't have singular magical powers to get you admitted. Your essays, interview, grades, scores and activities will tell the admissions folks so much more about the positive impact you'd make on the community than one quick comment from a coach. So think carefully about why you are contacting this individual, and be realistic about the outcome.
Best of Luck!</p>