GCA Tip of the Day – Stay Organized: Use Google Drive in Your Recruiting Process

student-athlete recruitingBy Steve O’Brien – Goal: College Athlete

In Today’s Tip I wanted to show you how you can use ‘Google Drive™’ to help you stay organized and more efficient in your recruiting process.

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive is kind of like Microsoft Office but it is a FREE service from Google. It allows you to create spreadsheets and word documents. The best part is everything you create is saved automatically and can be accessed from any computer, laptop, iPad or smartphone (there is a Google Drive app for both iPhones and Droids).

It is a great place to create a list of schools you want to target in your recruiting process as well as add coach’s email addresses, phone numbers and any other information you want to keep regarding coaches and schools. With Google Drive, you are able to access that information from anywhere by just logging into your Google Account.

How do I access Google Drive? 

First, go to Google.com. Go To the top right corner of the page and click on the Blue “Sign In” Button. Now, If you already have a Google account (for example: you have a GMAIL, Google+ or YouTube account) you can just sign in with the same username and password. If you do not have a Google Account you will have to create a new account so click “Create an Account” at the bottom.  After you sign-in, go to the top right corner of the screen again and click the blue profile icon. Then, click on “Account”. Should look like this:


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On the next page, at the top, there is black bar with links for Search, Maps, Images, Mail, etc. Drive is also in that row. Go-ahead and Click on Drive. Now you are in Google Drive!


How to Create a Spreadsheet in Drive?

You can use Google Drive for many different things but I think it is a great place to create, manage and access a recruiting spreadsheet to keep coaches and schools organized. To create a spreadsheet, go to the left hand side of the page and click on the Red “Create” button. This will give you the option of what type of file you want to create. Click Spreadsheet:


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The spreadsheet should load onto your page. Make sure to give your recruiting spreadsheet a name (Top left click “File” and then “Rename”). You can add schools, coaches, email addresses, phone numbers, notes, etc. If you download the smart phone app (also FREE) you can access it anywhere to find information and add notes. You can also give your parent’s or current coach’s access to the spreadsheet if they have important information to add. Anything they add will be automatically saved and you will see it the next time you back to your spreadsheet.

Hopefully this will make you more efficient and help you in the recruiting process.


Related article to help in your recruiting process:

-Creating and Organizing Your Target List of Schools

-The Strategy and Process Needed to Be Recruited

-Learn the Program and Coach’s Background


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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