Become a Coach



Coaching is one of the most rewarding ways to be involved with Girls on the Run. Working directly with a team of 3rd-5th grade girls, coaches teach healthy lifestyle lessons while training the team for the culminating Girls on the Run 5K. No prior experience is necessary: we provide a full training and all lesson plans and materials needed to be a successful coach.

Who is a GOTR Coach?

GOTR coaches are enthusiastic, dedicated, and positive volunteers of all different backgrounds! Some are athletes and some are not; most have never coached before.  All are committed to empowering girls with valuable life lessons.  Coaches must have availability on weekday afternoons, twice per week over a 10 week fall or spring season.  Men and women are encouraged to apply. 

Coaching Goals

  • Build the girls' self-esteem and educate and inspire them to live healthy lives.
  • Create a fun and uplifting atmosphere that inspires the girls to enjoy running and the lessons from the program.
  • Get the girls to move their bodies!  Running,  walking, skipping, or leaping are all encouraged!

Details and Commitment

  • Ten-week programs are offered each fall and spring.
  • Practices are twice per week and last 75 minutes each.
  • A program will consist of three coaches and 12 – 16 girls.
Coach commitment expectations are:

Prior to season start:

      • Attend a comprehensive coach training before the start of program (See below for training dates) 
      • Two hours to meet with co-coaches and school/program site liaison


During season:

      • Anticipate a time commitment of ~5 hours per week over the 10 week season for practices, lesson prep time, and commuting
      • Facilitate each of the 20 lessons in an engaging and nurturing manner
      • Model effective communication, problem-solving, and conflict negotiation skills    
      • Coordinate a group community service project
      • Interact with parents as needed    
      • Attend a weekday evening mid-season meeting (March 21st Walnut Creek OR March 22nd in San Francisco) and the end-of-season Girls on the Run 5K with your team (May 14th, 2017)    
      •  Inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission

To Become a Volunteer Coach

  • Review the details and level of commitment above and be honest with yourself and decide if you have the time to take on a GOTR coach position
  • Complete and submit a coach application
  • We accept coach applications year round. Applicants who apply after a season begins will automatically be entered into next season's applicant pool. 
  • After receiving your coach placement, you will need to:
    1. Complete a TB test if you haven't had one in the last 4 years (find local TB test site options here)
    2. Attend coach training
    3. Undergo background check and fingerprinting at coach training. 
    4. One coach per site must be CPR and First Aid certified. We will have an option to be trained at our coach training

Spring 2017 Season Calendar

Now-February 15th, 2017

Submit Coach Applications (We accept coach applications year round but strongly suggest you submit them ASAP to be considered for the Spring 2017 season.)

Wednesday February 15th 

Coach Training in San Francisco- at The Women's Building, from 6-8pm.


February 27th

Season Starts this week

March 21st or March 22nd

One evening – Mid-Season Meeting

Sunday May 14th, 2017

Girls on the Run 5k 

Lake Merced, San Francisco

All teams complete 10 weeks of lessons with a week off for Spring Break.