For those ready to begin the process of becoming a coach, the first step is to fill out the Coach Inquiry Form below. Once completed, the state office will contact you with prospective opportunities for you to join or start a Local Training Program (LTP).

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 than other volunteer opportunties. In addition to basic requirements, coaches’ responsibilities include:

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

Athletes as Coaches

After spending many years competing, Special Olympics athletes often want to explore a leadership role in coaching. It is important to note that once an athlete begins coaching a sport, that athlete may no longer compete in that sport.

The process for an athlete to become a coach is as follows:

  1. The head coach of the program in which the athlete will coach needs to send a letter of intent to the state office, signed by the Area Director.
  2. Upon approval, the athlete can complete the coaching requirements and get started!

New Coach Inquiry Form

Please fill in the following information to assist us in the coach placement process. Filling out this form does not guarantee that an individual will be able to begin coaching right away. Submitting the form will begin the process of placing a coach on an existing team or creating a new team.
Personal Information

Ex. high school teacher, college student, corporate professional, etc.

Sport Interest Section
Please select which sports you would be interested in coaching. Please select a MAXIMUM of three sports.

Fall - July to November
Winter - October to February
Spring - November to April
Summer - November to June

The Young Athletes program develops motor skills and is an organized, recreational introduction for athletes ages 2 - 7.