Coach

Fall 2017 Returning Coach Registration – for coaches who have coached at least one GOTR Orlando season since fall 2015

Fall 2017 New Coach Registration – for coaches who are brand new or have not coached a GOTR Orlando season since fall 2015

COACH SPOTLIGHT: BARB ALLEN

Where do you coach? How long?

Keene’s Crossing Elementary School…this will be my 5th season!

How did you hear about GOTR? Why did you volunteer to coach?

There was a team at Frangus that my daughter joined as a 3rd grader. I was never a runner before this but she needed a running buddy, so I trained and fell in love with running. The following year the team needed another coach, so I signed up. When I was interviewing for my position at Keene’s Crossing, they asked what I could bring to the school and I told them Girls on the Run!

What do you do to motivate and inspire your GOTR participants?

The Keene’s Crossing team is really large and sometimes it hard to feel like you stand out, so I try to have personal time with each girl as often as possible. We as a team honor and support the girls’ achievements outside of GOTR also. Many of the girls are swimmers.

What is your favorite thing about GOTR?

My favorite thing about GOTR is seeing the girls come together as a team. I love to see them cheering each other on. They are so positive and encouraging.

How do your girls inspire and motivate you?

Each week I look forward to seeing the girls and hearing their accomplishments from the past week. Sometimes its as simple as getting along with their siblings or maybe winning a swim meet, or getting a good grade on an assignment. I love to see them proudly wearing their GOTR shirts even after the season ends. I can only hope that the lessons they are learning will stay with them always. GOTR is not just about running its about being a better you and these girls make me a better coach, mom, teacher, and friend!

Share a memorable moment from your time as a GOTR coach.

Running across the finish line holding Audrey’s hand after our first 5k! That was one of the best moments.  I look forward to that moment each season with my daughter and my team.

COACHING COMMITMENT

Coaching is one of our most rewarding volunteer positions, but also the most time intensive. We ask that each site have at least one head coach who can commit to two days per week and at least two assistant coaches who can commit to at least one day (preferably two days) per week for the 10-week season. In addition to being role models for confidence and healthy living, coaches must be available during the after-school and/or early evening hours.

Coaches need to attend our coach training to learn how to deliver the Girls on the Run (GOTR) curriculum. When you sign up to be a GOTR coach you’re signing up to change lives. Our coaches come from a range of backgrounds, professions, and levels of experience. One thing they all have in common is a passion for helping girls grow.

At GOTR, we’re committed to equipping our coaches with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to lead their girls through a transformative season. During coach training, which consists of a one-hour online training and five hours of in-person time, you’ll learn about building GOTR style relationships, creating an environment girls can thrive in, and developing a climate in which all girls are celebrated for their personal growth. You’ll also get the chance to practice leading a GOTR lesson, meet other coaches, share your expertise, and have some fun. We look forward to seeing you there!

Coaches work directly with the 3rd-5th or 6th-8th grade girls, teaching them healthy habits and training them for the culminating event, our end of program 5K event!

You DO NOT need to be a runner to coach, but we do ask that you value physical fitness in your own life.

Coaching requires a commitment of approximately five to six hours per week for 10 weeks which includes travel and lesson preparation time. Coaches meet with their group twice a week for approximately an one and a half. Each program has two to four coaches per team, and coaches share the coaching responsibilities. Coaches must also attend the end-of-season GOTR 5K with their girls.

This coaching commitment must not be taken lightly. Consistency is extremely important to our girls, therefore you must be able to attend practices for the entire 10-week season.

NEXT STEPS

  • Please carefully review the head coach and assistant coach volunteer descriptions for more information.
  • After reviewing the information, if you are interested in coaching please complete one of the following coach registrations:
    Returning Coach Application – for coaches who have coached at least one season since Fall 2015
    New Coach Application. – for all coaches who do not fit the Returning Coach description
  • Please direct any questions or concerns to our program coordinator, Kendra Rahne at kendra.rahne@girlsontherun.org.

GOTR Head Coach Description

GOTR Assistant Coach Description