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:

  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 October
Winter - December to February
Spring - January to March
Summer - March to June





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