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 Taunton

  • Practices are Wednesday evenings, specific time TBD.
  • Practices held at Bristol Plymouth High School.
  • Please contact Donna St Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for additional information.

 

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

Tennis, Swimming, and Track & Field Assistant Coaches needed in Belmont.

  • Tennis practice: Tuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm, March through June 11th at Chenery Middle School. After two weeks it moves outside to Belmont High.
  • Swimming practice: Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm March through June 11th at Bentley University.
  • Track and Field practice: Mondays 6:00pm-7:00pm March through June 11th.
  • 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.

Swimming Assistant Coach needed in Danvers.

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

Volleyball Assistant Coach needed in Fitchburg.

  • Schedule: Sundays 3:00pm-4:30pm, 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), Fall Season (September-November), and Winter Season (December 2017-March 2018):

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.

Flag Football Head Coach in Bridgewater.

  • Schedule: Sundays 10:00am – 11:30am, September through November (practice time can be adjusted to fit new head coach’s schedule.)
  • Location: Bridgewater Middle School in Bridgewater.
  • Athletes on team are 22 years and older.
  • Please email Meg Hoffman at Megan.Hoffman@specialolympicsma.org for more information.

 Skiing Head Coach needed in Nashoba

  • Practices are Sundays 2:00pm-4:00pm and Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm, December through March.
  • Practices held at Nashoba Valley in Westford.
  • Please contact Donna St Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for additional information.

Bowling Head Coaches needed in New Bedford

  • Practices are Saturdays 2:00pm-3:30pm, December through March.
  • Practices held at Wonderbowl in New Bedford.
  • Two teams available: Unified team and traditional team.
  • Please contact Donna St Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for additional information.

Bowling Head Coach needed in Hyannis

  • Practices are Saturdays, 10:00am to 12:00pm, January through March.
  • Practices held at Ryan Family Amusement in Hyannis.
  • Please contact Meg Hoffman at MEGAN.HOFFMAN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for additional information.

Bowling Head Coach needed in North Attleboro

  • Practices are Fridays 3:30pm-5:30pm, December through March.
  • Practices held at North Bowl Lanes.
  • Please contact Donna St Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for additional information.

Basketball Head Coach needed in Southborough

Basketball Head Coach needed in Worcester

  • Winter Season is December through March.
  • Practices are on Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Nativity School in Worcester.
  • Teams are adult athletes, 22 years and older.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Basketball Head Coach needed in Greater Springfield area

  • Winter season is December through March.
  • Weekly practice schedule is flexible and will be based on your schedule and availability. Specific practice location is TBD.
  • Head coach will also take on a leadership role as Local Program Coordinator to help with registration and paperwork for the team. Athletes are 22 years and older.
  • Please contact Donna St Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for additional information.

Basketball Head Coach needed in Leominster

  • Winter Season is December through March.
  • Practices are on Sundays 2:30pm-4:00pm at St. Leo’s Parish School gym.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Basketball Head Coach needed in Concord

  • Winter Season is December through March.
  • Practices vary but normally are Saturdays 10:00am-11:00am.
  • Please contact Donna St Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for additional information.

Basketball Head Coach needed in Mansfield

  • Winter season is December through March.
  • Practices held Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm at M-Plex Mansfield.
  • Basketball Coaching experience preferred. Athletes are ages 8-15 years.
  • Head coach will also take on a leadership role as Local Program Coordinator to help with registration and paperwork for the team.
  • Please contact Donna St Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for additional information.

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

Sailing Assistant Coach needed in Boston.

  • Schedule: Wednesdays 5:00pm-sunset, May through mid-September.
  • Location: Courageous Sailing at Charlestown Navy Yard.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Softball Assistant Coach needed in Leominster.

  • Schedule: Sundays 6:00pm-7:30pm, June through August.
  • Location: Lassie League Field Complex.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Soccer Assistant Coach needed in Fitchburg.

  • Schedule: Sundays 1:15pm-2:45pm, September through November.
  • Location: St. Bernards Elementary School Field.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Flag Football Assistant Coach needed in Fitchburg.

Soccer Assistant Coach needed in Danvers/North Shore

Skiing Assistant Coaches needed in Canton

Skiing Assistant Coaches needed in Haverhill

  • Practice schedule: Mondays 5:00pm to 7:00pm, now through March 19th.
  • Practices held at Ski Bradford located in Haverhill.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for additional information.

Basketball Assistant Coaches needed in North Andover

  • Winter Season is now through March 12th.
  • Practices are on Thursdays 7:00pm – 8:00pm in North Andover.
  • Teams are adult athletes, 22 years and older.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Basketball Assistant Coaches needed in Leominster

  • Winter Season is now through March 13th.
  • Practices are on Sundays 2:30pm-4:00pm at St. Leo’s Parish School gym.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Basketball Assistant Coaches needed in Worcester

  • Winter Season is now through March 13th.
  • Practices are on Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Nativity School in Worcester.
  • Teams are adult athletes, 22 years and older.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Basketball Assistant Coach needed in Andover

  • Winter Season is now through March 13th.
  • Practices are Thursday nights 6:30pm-7:45pm at Pike School.
  • Experience with autism is encouraged.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Floor Hockey Assistant Coach needed in Abington

  • Winter Season is now through March 13th.
  • Practices are Monday nights from 6pm to 7pm in Abington
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.