Coaches are volunteers who work with Special Olympics athletes to prepare them for competition and teach them the necessary skills to compete at their highest levels.

Our coaches also model good sportsmanship and character to enhance the overall sports experience for athletes. Lessons learned on the playing field—teamwork, self-discipline, confidence—carry over into their everyday lives.

Why Coach?

Our coaches make a difference in the lives of the athletes they serve and many find their own lives are fulfilled in ways they did not imagine when they started.

Want more inspiration? Check out our Coach of the Season page!

Considerations for Coaches

It is encouraged for prospective coaches to have sport experience, but education opportunities and resources are available to properly prepare individuals for their role as coaches.

Please note that the nature of the coaching role typically requires a greater time commitment from individuals. In addition to basic requirements, coaches’ responsibilities include:

  • Being available for practices, training and competitions
  • Registering athletes for competition
  • Obtain equipment for athletic training
  • Recruit assistant coaches

Contact Us

If interested in becoming one of the most valuable members of our community, please contact Casey Henderson at csh@sonj.org.