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: BECKY WESOLOWSKI

Where do you coach? How long?

Washington Shores Elementary, 3rd season

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

Introduced to GOTR by my Assistant Principal Dr. Thomson, she wanted to start the program and knew I was running a lot in my spare time. Once I heard all the details, I couldn’t wait to jump on board and get the program rolling!

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

We try to make practice fun, use energy cheers, pass around our GOTR cape each week, and run with the girls.

What is your favorite thing about GOTR?

I love helping young ladies realize how unique they are and how they are capable of so much more than they originally thought. Watching them achieve their goals is the BEST!

How do your girls inspire and motivate you?

I am motivated when I see girls helping other girls, running with them, cheering them on, or cheering them up!

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

We had a young lady my first season coaching who walked every lap at every practice. We continued to encourage her and she continued moving so we let her do her pace. She didn’t even attempt to run during the practice 5k. The week before the celebratory 5K, she ran at practice faster than I have ever seen her move and shocked all of us coaches. Apparently she was hiding it all season. She was the second girl to cross the finish line on our team that season!

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