You Can Change the Life of a Girl.

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. 

COACHES NEEDED for Spring 2017!

We need coaches for the following school:

  • We currently have secured all the volunteers needed to serve as GOTR Coaches. We do need a few more Assistant Coaches. See below for details and a link to the application.

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 melisa@girlsontherunkazoo.org.

Coach & Assistant Coach Applications

To apply online as a GOTR Coach:

New Coach Application 

Returning Coach Application

To apply online as a GOTR Assistant Coach:

Assistant Coach Application

Coach Role Description 

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

Coach Responsibilities and Time Commitment

  • Coaches must be at least 18 years old
  • Attend a Mandatory Coaches’ Training 
  • Become CPR and First Aid certified (3-4 hours) - several dates and times will be available
  • Attend one mandatory coaches’ meeting during the season
  • Prepare for and supervise (20) ninety-minute lessons in a manner consistent with the Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run 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 school 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 celebration 5K
  • Distribute the program pre- and post-surveys as directed
  • Participate with the girls in the end of season 5K run/walk celebration
  • Provide direction to assistant coaches and parent volunteers to ensure they are offering encouragement, participating in games and work-outs, and generally being cheerleaders for the team

Assistant Coach Role Description

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. 

Assistant Coach Responsibilities and Time Commitment

  • 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
  • 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 
  • Heart & Sole assistant coaches may substitute for a coach who has to be absent from practice

Heart & Sole - Fall Program

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 andrea@girlsontherunkazoo.org.

Access Coach Resources

GOTR Coach Application