Step 1: Choose your sport. Coaches may participate in one sport per season—summer, fall and winter.
Step 2. Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements below.
Step 3. Complete and submit the Interest Form below. Be sure to include your contact information and region.
Step 4. That’s it! We will contact you!
Coaches come from all walks of life. Some have coaching experience, but many do not. However, they all have one thing in common. They’re committed to Special Olympics New York and the athletes they coach. All coaches must:
- Be 16 years old for certification (and 18 to travel to competitions with athletes)
- Have government-issued identification (driver’s license, military ID or passport)
- Have knowledge and/or experience in the sport being coached
- Commit two to three hours for practice on one day of each week during an eight- to 12-week season
- Spend an additional one to two hours per week on planning during the season
- Commit two to three weekends to competition during the seasons, plus regional or super-regional, national and world games, as needed
- Complete a full application, background check and multiple online and in-person training courses
- Complete coaching recertification every three years
2019 Coach of the Year Joe Stewart
Joseph Stewart was recently awarded the 2019 Coach of the Year for not only being an excellent coach, but for his selfless determination to improve the lives of his students. Joe puts his heart and soul into his coaching, as well as growing Special Olympics New York programming in the New York City schools to provide more students with opportunities to participate in competitive sports. Watch the video to learn more about Joe and what it’s like to be a Special Olympics New York coach.