Coaching Opportunities

We offer 22 official sports! Individuals with or without prior sports experience can get certified to be a coach. There are opportunities to coach as a head coach, assistant coach, fitness coordinator and more. We can help find the best role that works for you.

Certified Coach

  • Agrees to and abides by the Coach Code of Conduct
  • Has complete knowledge and abides by Sports Rules of Special Olympics.
  • Completes coaches registration process (Class A).
  • Ensures athletes and volunteer coaches have current paperwork and sports physicals.
  • Primary contact person for sport.
  • Works collaboratively with Special Olympics Colorado staff to organize and schedule practices.
  • Assesses each athlete to determine skill level for competition and training.
  • Develops eight-week training program for each athlete including fundamental skills, conditioning, and rules. (Can also get help from assistant coaches to plan practices.)
  • Attends competitions with the athletes.
  • Completes classroom and hands on training and certification process within one year of becoming involved as a coach, designed specifically for the needs of athletes with intellectual disabilities.
  • Liaison for upcoming Coaches Training and Certification, and encourages volunteers to become certified coaches.

Team Volunteer

  • Is not required to become certified in a specific sport but helps out with practices.
  • Assists coach with assessing athlete skills.
  • Does not have to travel to competitions unless asked by coach.
  • Completes coaches registration process (Class A).

Learn more about becoming a Certified Coach

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:


In need of gymnastics, swimming, golf, bowling coaches! No experience needed! Email Jordan Ficke for more information!

Swimming Coaches/Team Volunteers in Centennial

Beginning March 10th through early June the team will practice on Sunday from 3-4 pm in Centennial. Email Jordan Ficke for more information!

Cycling Coaches/Team Volunteers in Centennial

Beginning June through August the team will practice in Centennial. For more information, mail Jordan Ficke for more information!

Lifeguards to help with Aurora Swimming 

Lifeguards Needed to help with Aurora Swim Practices at Rangeview High School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 pm starting March 11th and going to June 5th. You do not have to commit to every week, or every Monday and Wednesday; just help out when you can! Email Jordan Ficke for more information!

Unified Partners Needed! Tollgate Elementary School in Aurora (near Buckley and Mississippi)  from 6-8 on on Tuesdays now until March 12th. Email Jordan Ficke for more information!

Power Lifting Coaches/Team Volunteers

The toughest power lifting team, Rude Dogs BOULDER, needs YOU! We also have Power lifting opportunities in Greeley! Teams practice March through early June! Email Jordan Ficke for more information!

Lakewood Swimming Coaches/Team Volunteers

The Lakewood Swimming teams needs your help! Email Jordan Ficke for more information!

Track and Field Coaches/Team Volunteers

This team practices Saturdays from 9-11 at Englewood High School starting March 23rd – June 8th. Email Jordan Ficke for more information!

Fort Collins Softball needs Unified Partners and Team Volunteers

Fort Collins Softball teams need Unified Partners! Practices are on Monday’s and start May 13th through the end of July. Email Jordan Ficke for more information!

Loveland and Longmont Coaches/Team Volunteers needed!

Basketball and Aquatics Coaches email Jordan Ficke for more information!

Greeley Coaches/Team Volunteers needed!

Snow Sports, Power lifting, and Aquatics Coaches NEEDED! Email Jordan Ficke for more information!

Unified Juniors Coaches and Team Volunteers Needed: Calling all youth coaches! Do you have a passion for or experience working with young kids? Our Unified Juniors Teams for children with and without disabilities, ages 4-12 are in need of coaches for basketball, soccer, track and field, softball and flag football. No sports specific skills needed! Email Seth Krebill for more information.

Fitness Captain Mentors/Coaches: Are you interested in health and fitness and want to mentor athletes? Reach out to Linda Lappe about becoming a Fitness Captain Mentor.