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 head coach is the primary contact person for sports training.

Responsibilities of the head coach include:

• Maintaining athletes' records and completing registration process for competitions.

• Working with Special Olympics staff to select training sites and times.

• Organizing practices with other coaches and all athletes.

• Attending competitions with the athletes.

• Serving as liaison for upcoming coaches training and certification schools.

• Encouraging assistant coaches to become certified.


Assistant Coach

The assistant coach works with the head coach.

Responsibilities of the assistant coach include:

• Assessing each athlete to determine skill level for competition and training.

• Developing an eight-week training program for each athlete including fundamental skills, conditioning and rules.

• Possessing complete knowledge and abiding by General Sports Rules of Special Olympics.

Get Started — Apply to be a Coach!

To become a coach, you must complete a Class A Volunteer application and have it approved by Special Olympics Northern California. To begin your Class A Volunteer application to become a coach, click below.