Coaches play a unique and indispensable role in Special Olympics New Jersey. They provide the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches give Special Olympics New Jersey the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage, and capacity to grow and improve.
How to Become a Coach
Special Olympics New Jersey provides coaches with training, education and resources to help prospective coaches navigate the coaching waters. The community of coaches is also a tremendous support for new coaches!
For those ready to begin the process of becoming a coach, the first step is to fill out the Coach Inquiry Form to get placed. Placement is the individualized process of matching up a community member (you!) with an athlete or a group of athletes in your local area.
Athletes as Coaches
Sometimes, after spending so many years competing, Special Olympics athletes 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:
- 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.
- Upon approval, the athlete can complete the coaching requirements and get started!