Become a Coach

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At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion change the lives of thousands of girls each year. Our volunteer coaches are dynamic role models dedicated to empowering girls to become healthy and confident young women.

Teams of volunteer coaches facilitate our easy to follow curriculum with groups of 8-20 girls over the course of 10 weeks. 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 signing up. Ready, Set, Coach!

Join the 67,000 women who have already committed to coaching Girls on the Run and are actively making a difference in the lives of girls.


What GOTR expects from volunteer coaches

  • Prepare for lessons. GOTR provides all materials for the lessons. Coaches prepare by reading the lessons and familiarizing themselves with the activities. 
  • Serve as a role model for the girls by being on time, listening attentively, having a positive demeanor and outlook, and leading a healthy lifestyle.
  • Encourage and cheer-on the girls as they play games and run laps.
  • Instruct the girls on proper stretching, running form, hydration, and sports nutrition.
  • Mediate disputes among participants in a prompt, respectful manner.
  • Administer Program’s Pre- and Post- Program Survey
  • Keep attendance
  • Attend the end-of-season celebration race.
  • Be your real self with the girls at all times, and above all, have fun with them!

Time Commitment of Coaching

  • Availability twice a week for 90 minutes - to coach the girls
  • Approx. fifteen minutes before each lesson - for lesson preparation

Requirements to Coach for GHS GOTR

All of our Girls on the Run coaches are Greenville Health System volunteers. To become a coach you must:

  • Complete a GHS Volunteer Application and Background Check form and submit them to or fax to 864-455-4182.
  • Complete an online COACH APPLICATION
  • Obtain an American Heart Association HeartSaver First Aid with CPR & AED Certification, which GHS can provide free of charge
  • Complete online training modules on our Mission/Vision/Values, Policies & Procedures, Girls on the Run program, and Heart & Sole program.
  • Attend a Girls on the Run Coach Training session

These steps are explained to you in more detail once you decide to volunteer.


What you get in return

“This was one of the most amazing experiences that I have EVER been involved in. Though I was hesitant at first to teach a group of elementary school girls, I gained so much confidence and leadership skills as time went by. The girls' shining spirits were always uplifting especially if I was having a bad day. I definitely am still trying to escape from the so called "girl box". It was almost as if this program was made for me as well. I learned to love and respect myself so much more than I did ten weeks ago. It was the girls' attitude that brought me joy every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. I would leave there at 5:30 and smile, knowing that in some way I touched a girl's heart today; I am making a difference. It was a long ten weeks, but completely worth it. The race at the end showed me that this is what we worked so hard for. These girls are absolutely amazing.”

- Jessica, volunteer coach

In addition to getting to feel good about the contribution you are making, GHS Girls on the Run coaches receive:

  • Complimentary membership to the Life Center Health & Conditioning Club during the GOTR season
  • American Heart Association CPR/First Aid training
  • GOTR T-shirt
  • Coach Appreciation Dinner & Gift

To become a volunteer coach, email or call (864) 455-3132.