GCA Tip of the Day – Emailing College Coaches? How to Create an Email Signature in GMAIL

By Steve O’Brien – Goal: College Athlete

In the Pro-Active Recruiting I discuss why you should set up a dedicated email address for your recruiting efforts, why you should add an email signature to your emails and what is should look like. Today, I want to walk you through how you can create an email signature in GMAIL since it is a very popular email service.


Step 1: Login to GMAIL and go to your Inbox

Step 2: Within your Inbox go to the Top Right Corner and Click on the Circular shape with ridges and a drop-down menu will appear. In the drop-down menu click on “Settings”:


Emailing College Coaches

Step 3: In “Settings” scroll down until you see the box “Signature”:


Email Signature for Recruiting


Step 4: First, make sure you select the circle below “No Signature” so your signature will appear in your emails. Next, start creating your signature by adding things like your name, high school, year, position, GPA and standardized test scores (see example below in Step 5). Also, if you look in the menu, just above the text box you are typing in, you will see a link symbol. If you have a highlight video on YouTube or an Online Athletic Profile you can use the link button in the menu to create a hyperlink so a Coach is one click away from learning more about you as an athlete, student and person. Just click the link button and paste the URL to the video or profile you want to link to.

When you are done just click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page and you will be directed back to your Inbox.

Step 5: Now, in your Inbox, click on “Compose” to write a new email and you will see your email signature ready-to-go at the bottom:

Email Signature link online athletic profile


That’s it, pretty easy. Now you have a professional looking email signature within your emails while also providing college coaches an easy way to contact you or find out more about you. Remember, you can always take things out of the signature while composing the email or go back into “Settings” and turn off email signature.

Hope this helps and best of luck!


Related articles to help in your recruiting process:

-Why Email is Crucial to be Recruited

-The Best Times to Send Email to College Coaches

-Examples of Relevant Emails to College Coaches



About Steve O'Brien
Steve O'Brien is the co-creator of Goal: College Athlete (GCA). The website was built to inspire young athletes to reach their goal of playing college sports. Information includes a pro-active plan to get the attention of college coaches and also insight from college coaches on what qualities they look for in a potential recruit. Steve played College Hockey at the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 1999. Questions? Send Steve an email at [email protected]

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