We welcome enthusiastic, dedicated and positive volunteers who are committed to empowering girls with valuable life lessons. Coaches are parents, teachers, school administrators, college students and other community members who are committed to developing and celebrating our girls.

The Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. This position entails approximately two to four hours per week for a 8-week commitment.



  • Coaches can be any gender or non-binary
  • Coaches need NOT be runners
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must consent to and complete a background check
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach in person coach training and complete all online modules
  • Attend all practices per week for a weekly time commitment of approximately 2-4 hours
  • Have fun!



  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Prepare, organize and supervise weekly lessons
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery
  • Facilitate communication with parents/guardians of program participants
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5k


Can I choose the school where I coach?

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.

Will I be reimbursed for coaching expenses?

All coaching teams will receive a GOTR Team Kit, curriculums, and snacks. Coaches will not have any out-of-pocket expenses associated with GOTR.

When and Where are the Practices/Lessons?

When: The Fall season starts the week of September 25th, and culminates with the Girls on the Run 5K on November 18th. Spring Season will start in mid-March and wraps up early June.

Teams meet once or twice a week for 8-weeks after school.

Where: Girls on the Run of NW Washington sites are located throughout Whatcom County. Each school site chooses its own days and times that work best for the program at their location


Coaches agree to:

  • Demonstrate a positive, encouraging demeanor and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Be your wonderful self with the girls at all times and have fun with them!
  • Prepare for the lessons in the curriculum. You will also lead or assist with each lesson, participate in the games and activities, and attend the 5K with your team.
  • Promote the program at your school. Girls on the Run manages program registration but in some cases, we may need your assistance.
  • Read your coach newsletters and respond when needed.
  • Communicate effectively with the Girls on the Run staff and respond in a timely fashion.
  • Notify the GOTR staff as soon as possible if there is any change in your coaching status.

What are the Benefits of Coaching?

  • A discount on your child's program registration fee.
  • A guaranteed spot in the program for your child.
  • An official “Girls on the Run Coach” T-shirt.
  • Girls on the Run coach training.
  • The official Girls on the Run curriculum (complete with lesson plans for every practice) as well as the materials and supplies needed for each lesson.
  • Support throughout the season from the Girls on the Run staff.
  • Complimentary 5K registration.
  • Other fun surprises along the way!

How do I sign up?

Contact Sharon at



Our 5K at the end of each Girls on the Run season is a BIG event and takes many hands to make it successful.  We need help with set-up, registration, Happy Hair Station, refreshments, course monitoring and take-down.  Join us and be part of this inspiring and joyful event!

More Questions?

Contact Program Coordinator Sharon Stone at or call 360-255-0517