GOTR Coach

You can change the life of a girl.

Teams of volunteer coaches facilitate our easy to follow curriculum with groups of 8-15 girls over the course of the season. Amidst the conversation, laughter, hugs and energy awards, you will witness transformational change in the girls - and don’t be surprised if you realize that you are positively changing as well! 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.

Coach responsibilities and time commitment

Each site has at least one Head Coach and one to four Assistant Coaches. Optional positions are also available for Junior Coaches ages 16-17. Head coaches are the leaders for their team, but all coaches share in the facilitation of the lessons. Our program meets twice a week for 75-90 minute sessions over the course of 10 weeks in September - November. Fall 2017 sessions begin September 11. We offer a thorough, pre-season, 4-hour training session which all coaches are required to attend. Training covers organizational policies, procedures, practice lessons, and tips on communicating with and motivating girls/adolescents. 

Consistency is extremely important to providing the best possible experience for all girls. We ask that you truly consider the requirements and time commitments listed below prior to making the commitment to be a coach mentor to a team of young girls.

Head Coach

  • Must be female and at least 21 years of age
  • Attend a Mandatory Coaches' Training
  • Become CPR/First Aid Certified (our council will provide one low-cost training for $10)
  • Prepare for and supervise (20) seventy-five to ninety minutes lessons in a manner consistent with the Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay philosophy and curricula. This includes attending practice two afternoons per week for the duration of the program.
  • Serve as a role model for the girls and encourage the girls at all times
  • Wait at the site following all practices until all girls have been picked up
  • Plan and coordinate the end of season celebration for the team - to be held after the last practice or after the 5k celebration event
  • Distribute the program pre- and post- surveys as directed
  • Lead the girls in coordination of a community service project
  • Attend and/or participate with the girls at the end of season 5k run/walk celebration event
  • Provide direction to assistant coaches to ensure they are offering encouragement, participating in games and workouts, and being cheerleaders for the team
  • Communicate with participants' families, including sending weekly email updates (templates provided), alerting them to schedule changes, and assisting with Running Buddy recruitment for the 5k run/walk celebration event 
  • Time commitment: 5-6 hours per week for 10 weeks during the September-November season, 4-hour pre-season coach training session, 3-4 hours the day of the 5k (the Saturday before Thanksgiving), 1-2 hours for the end of season celebration

 Assistant Coach

Assistant coaches play a vital role in supporting the Head Coach for each of our teams. Being an Assistant is a very rewarding and easy way to be involved in our program.  Runners, non-runners, parents, teachers, school administrators, college students, and people who are committed to developing and celebrating our youth make great assistants.  They agree to attend at least one Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole practice per week and assist the Head Coach as needed.

  • Must be 18 years of age or older; may be male or female
  • Attend a Mandatory Coaches' Training
  • Attend at least one biweekly practice - approximately 1.5-3 hours per week- for 10 weeks, and serve as a number one encourager, cheerleader, finish-line-greeter and high-fiver
  • If attending one practice, choose to commit to the same day each week for consistency
  • Provide support for the coaches by handing out supplies, shoes, snacks, filling water bottles, etc.
  • Provide one-on-one attention to girls in need of extra help
  • Run or walk with the girls and encourage them to put their best effort into the workouts
  • Assist in the coordination of an end-of-the season party
  • Assist in the coordination of a team community service project
  • Take photos of the girls during practices
  • Participate with the girls in the end of season 5k.
  • Serve as a role model for the girls and encourage the girls at all times
  • Time commitment: 1.5-3 hours per week for 10 weeks during the September-November season, 4-hour pre-season coach training session, 3-4 hours the day of the 5k (the Saturday before Thanksgiving), 1-2 hours for the end of season celebration

 Junior Coach

 Are you 16 or 17 years old? Being a Junior Coach is a fun and rewarding way to get involved! You will have an opportunity to assist the Head and Assistant Coaches while being an important mentor to your team's members. Our participants love our GOTR Junior Coaches!

  • Must be 16 or 17 years of age; may be male or female
  • Attend a Mandatory Coaches' Training
  • Attend at least one biweekly practice - approximately 1.5-3 hours per week- for 10 weeks, and serve as a number one encourager, cheerleader, finish-line-greeter and high-fiver
  • If attending one practice, choose to commit to the same day each week for consistency
  • Provide support for the coaches by handing out supplies, shoes, snacks, filling water bottles, etc.
  • Provide one-on-one attention to girls in need of extra help
  • Run or walk with the girls and encourage them to put their best effort into the workouts
  • Assist in the coordination of an end-of-the season party
  • Assist in the coordination of a team community service project
  • Participate with the girls in the end of season 5k.
  • Serve as a role model for the girls and encourage the girls at all times
  • If desired, lead an activity with assistance and under the supervision of a Head or Assistant Coach 
  • Time commitment: 1.5-3 hours per week for 10 weeks during the September-November season, 4-hour pre-season coach training session, 3-4 hours the day of the 5k (the Saturday before Thanksgiving), 1-2 hours for the end of season celebration

 2017 Coach Training Dates

Sunday, 8/6/2017, 12:30-5:15pm @ YMCA of Saginaw, 1915 Fordney Street, Saginaw, 48601

Sunday, 8/20/2017, 11:30-4:15pm @ Dow Bay Area Family Y, 225 Washington Ave., Bay City, 48708

Access Coach Resources

GOTR Coach Application