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 March – June (must be 18 years or older:)

 

Volleyball Head Coach needed in Belmont.

  • Spring Season is March 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.

Swimming Head Coach needed in Sudbury.

Tennis Head Coach needed in Danvers/North Shore.

Track and Field Head Coach needed in Swansea

 

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

Swimming Assistant Coach needed in Danvers.

  • Schedule: Sundays 6:00pm-7:00pm, March through June 11th.
  • Location: Paul Lyndon Center, Danvers
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Swimming Assistant Coach needed in Worcester.

  • Schedule: Sundays 5:00pm-6:00pm, March through June 11th.
  • Location: Assumption College located at 500 Salisbury Street in Worcester 01609.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

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.
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

 

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.

Sailing Assistant Coach needed in Boston

  • 1st Wed in May through mid-September
  • Practices are on Wednesdays 5:00pm-to sunset  at Courageous Sailing in Charlestown Navy Yard
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information