Coaching FAQ

How many hours a week is the coaching commitment?

  • Plan for 3.5 hours a week. You will be coaching the girls twice a week for 90 minutes and spending another 30 minutes each week reviewing the lessons, getting snacks, speaking with parents, etc.
    We have a fall season and a spring season and both are eleven weeks long.

Do I need to be a runner in order to be a coach?

  • No. We encourage people of all backgrounds and interests to volunteer to be a coach. You don’t need to be a runner, just someone who lives a healthy lifestyle and is eager to be a role model to the girls in the program.

I am mom who wants to coach at the location where my daughter wants to take the program. Is that possible?

  • Sure! We do allow moms to coach daughters, but we suggest you discuss it with your daughter first. We really want the girls’ time in Girls on the Run to be fun and relaxing, so check in advance to make sure your participation won’t affect your daughters. We also stress that our coaches treat all girls equally and that each girl is given the same opportunity to participate, share and shine.

I am not CPR or First Aid certified…can I still coach?

  • CPR and First Aid certification are two of Greenville Health System’s prerequisites for all volunteers – and we provide this training to you free of charge. All coaches must become certified before beginning the season.

None of the program times work for me on a consistent basis, can I still help out as a coach?

  • If this is the case, we suggest applying to be a substitute coach. We need many subs each season and this way, you would still be able to work with the girls, just on an as needed, substitute basis.

What do I need to do to volunteer as a coach for GOTR?

  • All of our Girls on the Run coaches are considered Greenville Health System volunteers. 
  • The first step is to complete two forms: the GHS Volunteer Application and background check form and submit them to or fax to 864-455-4182
  • Next, you will need to complete an online American Heart Association HeartSaver First Aid with CPR & AED course. This certification is mandatory to coaching but provided to you free of charge.
  • Finally, you must attend a Girls on the Run Coach Training and complete a skills check off with a CPR/First Aid instructor. Both of these steps happen on the same day.