GOTR Coach

Coaching a Girls on the Run team is one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences you can have!  Teams of volunteer coaches facilitate our easy to follow curriculum with groups of 8-20 girls over the course of the 12 week season. Coaches are not required to be runners; they simply must be passionate about the mission of Girls on the Run, committed to working with a group of girls and able to bring energy and joy to each practice.   Parents, teachers, school administrators, college students, runners, non-runners, and people who are committed to developing and celebrating our youth make great coaches!   Men are eligible to be assistant coaches.

Each site must have at least one Head Coach and two to three Assistant Coaches. Head coaches are the leaders for their team, but all coaches share in the leading of the lessons. Our program meets twice a week for one hour and fifteen minutes over the course of 12 weeks.  

Coach Requirements

ALL coaches must:

  • Complete the Coach Application and background check online
  • Attend a one-time full day Coaches' Training  
  • Receive CPR/First Aid training (Head Coaches only)
  • Commit to attending sessions regularly throughout the 10-12 week season and the End-of-Season 5K Celebration
Time Commitment

Overall, the time commitment for coaches is about 4-6 hours each week for the 12 week season. This includes travel and preparation time and meeting with the group twice a week for 75-90 minutes each time. Coaches also attend the end-of-the-season 5k race and encourage participants through the most inspiring day of the season.  While twice a week is ideal, consistent one day per week coaching is also an option for those that cannot commit two days. 

Consistency is extremely important to providing the best possible experience for all girls, so all coaches are asked to miss as few practices as possible. We ask that you truly consider the requirements listed above prior to making the commitment to be a coach mentor to a team of young girls.  Substitute coaches are available for the occasional absence.  


Save the Date for Coach Trainings

Juneau- Saturday, August 26th, 9am-4pm at AWARE, Inc.


Check back later- More coach training dates in a community near you will be posted soon!


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