Get Involved as a Coach

When you become a Special Olympics coach, or assistant coach, you will find the rewards go far beyond the finish line. You will help athletes discover their physical skills, self-worth, courage and capacity to grow.

Coaching is one of the most important and rewarding volunteer roles in Special Olympics. That is why 1,600 men and women in Massachusetts choose to donate their time and talents to the athletes of Special Olympics Massachusetts as coaches.

The age requirement for becoming a head coach with Special Olympics is 18 and 16 for an assistant coach. Just like any other sports organization, coaches are responsible for helping with all aspects of the team, including:

  • Attending pre-season coaches meetings.
  • Assisting with recruiting athletes, partners, and additional volunteers.
  • Maintaining athlete records and registrations.
  • Developing an 8-10 week practice schedule for the season.
  • Conducting well organized practices.
  • Attending regional qualifying tournaments and the season-ending state tournament with your team.
  • Have a working knowledge of your sport and abide by the sports rules of Special Olympics.

All Coaches are required to complete a Class A volunteer form. Individuals over the age of 18 are required to provide their social security number as they are CORI and Background checked to ensure the safety and well being of SOMA athletes. Individuals under 18 are required to have two non-family members write recommendations for them. These forms can be provided to interested coaches after SOMA locates a coaching opportunity for them.

Please see our current and upcoming head coach and assistant coach volunteer needs in the two sections below.  If these positions don’t match your interests and availability, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form and we will email you with additional volunteer opportunities in your area.

Current Volunteer Coaching Needs: Spring Season (March - June)

Head Coach Positions Now – June (must be 18 years or older:)

 

Volleyball Head Coach needed in Belmont.

  • Spring Season is now through June 11th.
  • Practices are Mondays 7:00pm-8:00pm at Chenery Middle School.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Volleyball Head Coach needed in Fitchburg

  • Schedule: Sundays 3:00pm-5:00pm, now through June 11th.
  • Location: Fitchburg State University Recreation Center.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Volleyball Head Coach needed in Hanover

Swimming Head Coach needed in Sudbury.

 

Assistant Coach Positions March – June (must be 16 years or older:)

Swimming Assistant Coach needed in Sandwich.

Volleyball Assistant Coach needed in Fitchburg

  • Schedule: Sundays 3:00pm-5:00pm, March through June 11th.
  • Location: Fitchburg State University Recreation Center.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Gymnastics Assistant Coach needed in Cambridge

  • Schedule: Saturdays 2:30pm-4:00pm, March through June 11th.
  • Location: MIT DuPont Gymnasium in Cambridge.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.
Upcoming Coaching Needs: Summer Season (June-August)

Head Coach Positions (must be 18 years or older:)

Cycling Head Coach needed in Belmont

  • Summer Season is June through August 27th.
  • Practices are on Mondays 6:30pm-7:30pm at Belmont High.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Softball Head Coach needed in Worcester

  • Summer Season is June through August 27th.
  • Practices are on Thursdays 6:00pm-7:30pm in Worcester.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Golf Head Coach needed in Grafton

  • Summer Season is June through August 27th.
  • Practices are on Thursdays 6:00pm-7:30pm at Highfields in Grafton.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

 

Assistant Coach Positions (must be 16 years or older:)

 

Softball Assistant Coach needed in Leominster

  • Summer Season is June through August 27th.
  • Practices are on Sundays 6:00pm-7:00pm at Lassie League Field Complex, Leominster
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Softball Assistant Coach needed in Worcester

  • Summer Season is June through August 27th.
  • Practices are on Thursdays 6:00pm-7:30pm in Worcester.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.