Coach a Team

Enjoy the Girls on the Run® experience of receiving hugs, giving energy awards and developing self respect in third through eighth grade girls. Your coach role will unleash your inner potential to prepare the minds of our youth, build positive relationships and free your positive energy. Join our movement towards establishing a healthier community by activating your coaching role.

What is a coach?

Each season Girls on the Run Hudson Valley identifies and selects a dynamic group of coaches to lead each of our teams of 8-15 girls. Coaches are parents, teachers, school administrators, college students, and other community members who are committed to developing and celebrating our youth.

Questions? Please contact Kim Otruba, Program Manager, at

Types of Coaches 

Coaching Role Descriptions


Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Junior Coach

Site Liaison

Click here to see the full table of coaching descriptions.

I'm ready! How do I get started?

  1. Complete a Girls on the Run coach application (link below)
  2. Attend a Coach Training session (August 2017)
  3. Submit a background check (link will be sent to you)
  4. Register for a CPR/First Aid certification course and submit a copy of your certification (required for Head Coaches)

Coach Application


In Return for Your Support, You Receive:

  • Free GOTR 5K entry to run with your team
  • Free GOTR "COACH" t-shirt
  • Discount on daughter's program registration fee (if applicable)
  • Coach Training
  • Free background check
  • Discounts at a few of our partners' retail locations!


Coach Responsibilities & Time Commitments

Teams meet two times per week before or after school for 75-90 minutes and are led by a minimum of two coaches (maximum: 4), whom we train. Coaches may indicate a preference for the site at which they would like to coach. If coaches do not have a preference, we will assign them to a location in need of volunteers.

We provide a thorough training for our coaches.  Coach Training  covers organizational policies, procedures and "sneak-peaks" at various lessons within our curriculum.  Tips on communicating and motivating girls/adolescents will also be covered during training.  Valuable life lessons, specifically targeted for this age group, will be modeled after the familiar premises of self-respect, team and community. 


*Coaches will receive their login and password after they attend coaches’ training.

Access Coach Resources