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Coaching a group of girls is one of the most rewarding ways to get involved with Girls on the Run. Volunteer coaches and assistant coaches serve as role models and mentors for the girls who participate at over 60 locations in the Greater Kalamazoo area. Coaches are needed for both the Heart & Sole middle school program in the fall and the Girls on the Run program in the spring.
The Coach Corner/Coach Resources login can be found all the way at the bottom of this page.
Interested in being a role model and mentor to 3rd - 5th grade girls in our community in the spring of 2017? Please review the Coach Role Description below. Ready to apply? Fill out the coach application. If you have never coached before, fill out the "New Coach Application". If you have coached Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole in the past, fill out the "Returning Coach Application". Two coaches are required for each team.
Still have questions? Call the office, 269-532-1220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teams meet two times per week after school for an hour and a half and are led by two coaches, whom we train. Most Heart & Sole teams begin meeting between 2:30 and 4 pm, and Girls on the Run teams generally meet between 3 and 5:30 pm. Coaches may indicate a preference for the site at which they would like to coach. If coaches do not have a preference, we will assign them to a location.
We will provide a thorough training for our coaches. Training will cover organizational policies, procedures and "sneak-peaks" at various lessons within our curriculum. Tips on communicating and motivating girls/adolescents will also be covered during training. Valuable life lessons, specifically targeted for this age group, will be modeled after the familiar premises of self-respect, team and community. The program finishes with a celebration event that includes a 5K run/walk
Assistant coaches play a vital role in supporting the two head coaches for each of our teams. Assistant coaches must be 16 years old or older for Girls on the Run and 18 years old or older for Heart and Sole.
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. Assistant Coaches do not become fully trained to administer our curriculum and lessons. They agree to attend at least one Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole practice per week and assist the two head coaches as needed.
Interested in being a role model and mentor to 6th - 8th grade girls in our community? This program will be offered again in the fall of 2017. For more information please view the role descriptions above or contact Andrea at email@example.com.