Coach our Program

When girls work together, they can accomplish remarkable things! As a Coach for Girls on the Run, you’ll receive tools, training, and materials to lead a team of girls (3rd-5th grade & 6th-8th grade) toward their goals and help them recognize their limitless potential. Our Fall Season began the week of September 16. Applications are accepted year-round, and we will reach out to interested coaches for Spring Season 2020 in late 2019.

Who can coach:

Enthusiastic, dedicated and positive volunteers who are committed to empowering girls with valuable life lessons

  • No prior experience with Girls on the Run, coaching or running is necessary. Girls on the Run provides a full training and all lesson plans & materials needed to be a successful coach.

  • Coaches must have availability on weekday afternoons, once or twice per week over a 10 week fall or spring season.

  • Men and women are encouraged to apply. Must be 18 years or older.

When does coaching take place:

Fall Season: September-December & Spring Season: March - June

  • Girls on the Run teams meet twice a week for 75 - 90 minutes; for 10 weeks.

  • The majority of our sites meet Monday - Friday during after-school hours, between 3 pm - 5pm.

  • Coaches are required to commit to at least one day per week; two days is preferred.

  • Coaching applications are accepted year-round.

Where do teams practice:

Girls on the Run NYC serves all 5 boroughs

  • Coaches are needed throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. You may view our current program sites here.

  • All coaches who have undergone an initial phone interview will receive a site preference survey, and will be asked to rank their top three coaching locations.

What are the expectations & requirements:

Prior to Season

  • Complete the online coach application

  • Complete a phone interview prior to the season

  • Complete an online training & in-person training prior to the season

  • Become First Aid & CPR Certified (at least one coach per team)

During the Season:

  • Anticipate a time commitment of 2-3 hours per week for those who coach once per week and 4-5 hours per week for those that coach twice per week over the 10 week season for practices, lesson prep time, and commuting.

  • Prepare, organize and lead weekly lessons with your coaching team in an engaging and positive manner.

  • Model effective communication, problem-solving, and behavior management.

  • Facilitate your team’s community impact project.

  • Interact with parents and site liaisons as needed.

  • Attend the end-of-season Girls on the Run 5k with your team.

  • Inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission.

Amidst the conversation, laughter, hugs and energy awards, you will witness transformational change in the girls and don’t be surprised if you realize that you are positively changing as well! The program may end in 10 weeks, but for our coaches and girls, the finish line is just the beginning. Ready to make a difference and encourage girls to realize their full potential? 

The first step is to apply!

If you have further questions regarding coaching, email

If you’re interested in getting involved now, please check out our Events page! You can join us for our celebratory end-of-season 5k on Sunday, December 8, at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. Registration is now open here!

I’ve seen firsthand how this program has the ability to transform the lives of young girls as well as the coaches that are involved. It is amazing that a program like this exists and I hope it continues to grow and affect positive change throughout the communities of New York City.
— Coach Courtney