Coach Applications

Be A Faaaaantastic Coach!

Coaches are the face, voice and heart of Girls on The Run! Volunteer coaching requires a commitment of both time and energy, but it is an extremely rewarding experience as you become an active role model to the young girls who participate in our program.

Each GOTR site must have at least one Head Coach and and one Assistant Coach per team of 8 – 15 girls. If possible, we recommend two Assistant Coaches. Head coaches are the leaders for their team, but all coaches share in the teaching of the lessons. Coaches can be faculty, staff, parents or community volunteers.

Volunteer coaches facilitate the easy-to-follow, well researched curriculum at each program site and support the girls as they work toward their goal of running a 5K. Coaches do not need to be runners; they only need to have the desire to serve as a role model for our girls by demonstrating positive behavior and healthy habits, being interactive and listening attentively.

GOTR teams typically meet right after school is dismissed, two days a week, for 90 minutes at a time. New coaches are also required to attend a half-day training session where they learn the curriculum and the tools they need to be a successful coach. Overall, the time commitment for coaches is about five hours each week for 10 weeks. This includes preparation time in addition to the bi-weekly team practices.

Finally, consistency is extremely important to program participants so all coaches are required to attend practices for the entire 10-week season. If you are considering becoming a coach, we ask that commit to the entire season.

If you are interested in becoming a coach, please take these first steps:

  1. Complete a coach application.
  2. Complete a background check – you will be provided a link to complete your background check with the confirmation of your coach application. All volunteer coaches must be background checked.
  3. Commit to and attend coach training – New coaches must attend a half-day session. Returning coaches must attend a 90-minute session once per year.
  4. Head Coaches – provide proof of CPR- and First-Aid certifications or attend training provided by Girls on The Run of Dayton. Information will be provided upon receipt of your coach application.
  5. If you have questions about being a Girls on The Run coach, please contact kayleigh.pratt@girlsontherun.org.