Become a coach!

Become a coach for Girls on the Run!

Serving as a Coach is the most rewarding way to get involved with Girls on the Run and learn more about our program. You get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment that you have made a difference in the lives of the girls and have a ton of fun with your team of coaches and incredible girls!

We are now accepting coach applications for the Spring 2017 season!

Please read the information below to learn about coaching, and to sign up!  

General Information for Girls on the Run Coaches: Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a Girls on the Run coach!  Coaches are so important for the program; you are providing the curriculum to the girls! There are several roles and responsibilities that come with being a coach in this program.  The time commitment for this program is approximately 10 weeks.  Teams meet every week, twice a week on Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday or an alternative schedule for 90 minutes after school.  As a coach, you are committing to being at every practice. All new coaches must also attend one of our coach trainings that take place in February 2017.  At this time specific information will be given to you as well as your coach bag containing the curriculum and all of the materials. As a requirement of Girls on the Run International, at least one coach per team must be CPR/First Aid certified.  This is a cost that at this time GOTR is not able to cover for coaches. However, we do work with a local hospital to offer a reduced cost for CPR/First Aid training/ Additionally, all coaches must have a background check completed.  If you do not currently have one on file with the school that you will be coaching at, you will be required to take one through Unique Background Solutions.  There is a small fee for the background check. Please find the timeline for the program below.  We hope that you will consider becoming a part of the GOTR program!

General Information for Heart & Sole Coaches: Heart & Sole is for girls in grades 6th-8th.  This program takes the place of Girls on Track.

Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond. Physical activity is woven through the program as a learning mechanism and a way for girls to experience goal setting and achievement.

The 10-week Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, asking for and providing help, and more. This program is structured in the same way as Girls on the Run- it is 10 weeks, the teams meet twice a week directly following school dismissal for 90 minuets.

What are the lessons like?

The “Girl Wheel” is the central concept of the program. In each lesson, girls participate in activities related to the Girl Wheel components: body, brain, heart, spirit and social. The wheel helps demonstrate the parts of themselves that impact their lives, their families, their schools and their neighborhoods. Girls learn to use the girl wheel to identify areas of themselves they’d like to nurture and ways they can contribute to change around them. The lessons are organized around themes, and the girls are encouraged to steer discussion to specific topics that matter to them. Girls also use a Heart & Sole journal for reflection and goal tracking.

The physical activity element of practices includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season culminates with the Girls on the Run 5k, a celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing and reinforces that big things are possible when you keep moving forward!

What kind of support do coaches get?

We provide a facilitated training session on the Heart & Sole curriculum. Every coach also gets a coach kit that includes the Heart & Sole curriculum guide. The guide contains written walkthroughs of each lesson with tips to help you manage your time, lead the activities and make the most of each practice. You’ll find additional support on the Girls on the Run Coach Portal ( including instruction videos, creative ideas and more!


General Timeline February:  Attend a Coach Training Mid-Late February:  Final rosters and practice schedules will be emailed to coaches and liaisons. Late February/Early March:  Program start-up for schools. Start date depends on the school calendar, events such as spring break and conferences must be taken into account as well as coach availability. Early March:  Shoes will be delivered to CWIT. Coaches will be responsible for picking up their shoes at the Center for Women in Transition offices.  We will send an e-mail to notify you when shoes, practice t-shirts and water bottles are ready to be picked up. Once shoes are delivered, coaches will make sure that shoes are fitted properly.  If a shoes exchange is needed, the participant needs to alert their coaches before the shoes are worn outside.  Coaches must fill out the exchange form and return to the GOTR offices as soon as possible.  Any shoes worn outside, or have writing on the box cannot be exchanged. 5K Supply Pick up Early May:  Event T-Shirts and information can be picked up from CWIT when available.  We will send an e-mail to notify you when the supplies are ready to be picked up. Late May:  Celebration 5K for all schools

GOTR Coach Information Packet – Spring 2017

Background Checks:

Click below for the 2017 Volunteer Approval form (for coaches who currently have a background check on file with their school site)

SPRING 2017 Volunteer Approval Form

If you do not have a background check on file with your school, you will need to conduct a background check online. More information is available on our coach application.

Coaches – Must be 21 years of age

Job Summary:

Coaches are a volunteer position that works with at least one other volunteer coach to facilitate the Girls on the Run or Girls on Track curriculum to program participants. This position works closely with the Program Coordinator and entails approximately 4-5 hours per week for 10 weeks, with additional time required for training and the Celebration 5K.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Understanding and believing in the mission of the organization and acting as a spokesperson for the program.
  • Serving as a role model and mentor
  • Preparing, organizing and supervising the weekly lessons
  • Leading the program participants through each lesson
  • Interacting with parents of program participants; planning and coordinating the end of season wrap up party
  • Coordinating with other coaches to have program supplies picked up at appropriate times
  • Attending the culminating 5K event with program participants


  • A strong desire to work with adolescent girls
  • Experience working with youth
  • The ability to be flexible and to improvise when needed
  • To inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission
  • The ability to recognize conflict and the skills to help resolve it
  • The capacity to work in a partnership with a co-coach and/or assistant coaches
  • Attend a  GOTR coach training session
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification/ Either the Head or Assistant coach must be First/CPR certified
  • Pass a criminal background check


     Junior Coach – Must be 16 years of age     

Job Description: The Junior Coach is a volunteer position for individuals 16 years of age to assist the  Coaches at  a Girls on the Run program site.  The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for ten weeks.  Junior Coaches can choose to attend both program sessions per week OR commit to only one day a week.  We ask each Junior Coach to determine which schedule works the best for them and to maintain that schedule throughout the program for consistency on behalf of the girls.  While the Junior Coach is not responsible for facilitating the Girls on the Run curriculum, they are there to support the Coaches and the program participants in many ways. This volunteer position may be used as a service learning project/high school community service credit project, internship, or other high school project upon agreement of the School and Program Coordinator.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Understand and believe in the mission of Girls on the Run
  • Serve as a role model and mentor for program participants
  • Attend program session on selected day (s) on a consistent basis
  • Encourage and motivate all participants
  • Assist the head and assistant coaches with games and lessons
  • Participate in games and workouts with girls, encouraging them to put their best effort into the workout
  • Provide one-on-one attention to girls
  • If desired, lead an activity with assistance and under the supervisions of a head or assistant coach


  • A strong desire to work in the field of youth and character development
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Flexibility/ability to accommodate to a changing environment
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation.  These can be from teachers, coaches or other community members.

Coach Training

All coaches are required to attend a coach training session.  More details to follow.

Ready to Sign Up?

If you are a returning coach from the Spring 2016 season, please click here to register for Spring 2017!

If you did not coach in Spring 2016, please click here to register as a coach for Spring 2017!