Become a Coach

Looking for an opportunity to bring your love of sports to your community? Coach with us! Our coaches inspire success in athletics and in life!

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As the heart of the Special Olympics Northern California sports program, our coaches train, mentor and support our athletes through activities on the fields, courts and in gyms. With 11 different sports training opportunities, there’s something for everyone. Check out our coaching opportunities, and get inspired!

Coaching Opportunities

Whether you’re a weekend athlete, a former high school or college player, or just have a pure love of sport, there’s a fun and meaningful opportunity for you at Special Olympics Northern California. We’ll provide you and our athletes with the best training and competition opportunities throughout the year. Join our current force of Northern California coaches making a difference, with one of the opportunities below.

Head Coach

The primary contact person for sports training. Maintains athletes' records and completes registration process for competitions. Works with Special Olympic staff to select training sites and times. Organizes practices with other coaches and all athletes. Attends competitions with the athletes. Liaison for upcoming coaches training and certification schools. Encourages assistant coaches to become certified.

Assistant Coach

Assesses each athlete to determine skill level for competition and training. Develops an eight-week training program for each athlete including fundamental skills, conditioning and rules. Has complete knowledge and abides by General Sports Rules of Special Olympics.

Get Started — Apply to be a Coach!

  1. Join the Special Olympics Northern California website.
  2. Fill out the Volunteer and Unified Partner Application form.
  3. Complete the Online Volunteer General Orientation (not required for Renewal Volunteers).
  4. Complete the brief Special Olympics Protective Behaviors Training Program online.
  5. Mail in a copy of your state ID or driver's license.
  6. Submit ALL materials to:

    Attn: Wendy Bojin-Liston
    Special Olympics Northern California
    3480 Buskirk Avenue, #340
    Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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