Girls on the Run coaches are trained volunteers who lead a team of participants through a season of powerful and fun lessons. You do not need to be a runner; you simply need to have a desire to support and encourage the next generation. Coaches receive all the tools and support they need and find that they get as much out of coaching as they give.

Are you in high school and interested in coaching?

Check out our Junior Coach program for 16-18 year old high school girls!

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Are you in high school and interested in coaching?

Check out our Junior Coach program for 16-18 year old high school girls!

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“Being a coach has impacted me in a positive way. I feel more empowered and confident. All the lessons are lessons that even we as adults can learn from. I love the program.”

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  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Complete our Coach Registration Application
  • Consent to and complete a background check.
  • Complete mandatory online training and in-person training
  • Commit to the season’s practice schedule, which is two times per week after school  
  • Each site must have one First Aid/CPR certified coach.  
  • Please obtain the appropriate child care for younger siblings, as children not in the Girls on the Run program are not permitted to accompany a coach to the lessons. 
  • Learn along with the girls and have fun!


  • Uphold Girls on the Run core values.
  • Have fun while serving as a role model for program participants.
  • Review, prepare and supervise weekly lessons (curriculum provided by Girls on the Run).
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery.
  • Commit for the entire season (practices and end-of-season 5K event). You are not required to be a runner in the 5K. 
  • Facilitate communication with parents/guardians of program participants. 
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls.

Season Details

  • We offer one season per year that takes place in the spring
  • The Season Starts in late February/Early March
  • New Coach Training information: (See below under FAQs).
  • The end of season 5K date: TBD weekend of May 4th, 2024 at Subaru Park Arena

Help transform and strengthen the next generation


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"Watching the girls in terms of what they have learned has been really fun this season. I think the best thing they have learned as a group is to have trust in each other and to communicate with each other about how they feel."

Coach Kaylyn

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"As a coach, I just really realized how important it is to pour into this generation of girls and lift them up."

Coach Shayla

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"It’s the girls’ smiles that inspire and motivate me."

Coach Mo


Frequently Asked Questions

There are girls who need YOU to help them unleash their power and potential. If you are considering coaching, ask yourself: What better gift can you give to the next generation than inspiring confidence and a strong sense of self?

  • Almost 100% of girls said their Girls on the Run coaches care about them.
  • 99% of coaches agreed that the coaching experience was valuable for them.
  • 96% of coaches said they felt they formed positive relationships with the girls on their team.
  • 94% of Girls on the Run coaches said they felt like they were making a difference in their girls’ lives.

No! Girls on the Run provides the training, curriculum and supplies needed to safely lead a team for a season! You simply need to be a motivating role model for your team. Many of our coaches participate in their first 5K alongside their team!


No. But here is our policy:

  • Two female coaches over the age of 21 must be present at all times.
  • Our Head Coach must be female.
  • All other coaches must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Junior Coaches must be at least 16 years of age and female.

A minimum of one coach per team must have CPR and First Aid certification on file by the first session of any given season and be present at every practice.  Girls on the Run will offer a class in January (TBD) from 9-11am at Montgomery County Community College; sign up information to come. Coaches can also get certified on their own. The First Aid/CPR training course curriculum must be equivalent to The American Red Cross, American Heart Association and National Safety Council that includes an in-person skills test and the receipt of a course completion card.  Please select the course that includes both adult and child First Aid and CPR training.

Yes! Community coaches are individuals not directly affiliated with a school who support the Girls on the Run mission. Community coaches are placed according to their geographic location and their availability at sites that need additional coaches.

No! We provide you with training, curriculum and supplies – everything needed to coach a safe, successful season! You should not incur any personal costs to provide the program to your team.

Our council provides each program location with the curriculum and supplies needed to facilitate the season. Shirts will be  dropped shipped to the team's site liaison and program supplies will be picked up by one of the coaches at in-person coach training. 

Coach training includes online self-paced training and an in-person training session. We will provide more information about coach training before the season begins and information is also listed in the coach application. Coaches can select their training date in the coach application.  

New Coach Training Dates: Saturday, January 27th (8am-1pm) at Germantown Academy, February 3rd (8am-1pm) at Lankenau Medical Center, or Saturday, February 24th (8am-1pm), Crozer Medical Center in Glen Mills.  

Returning Coach Kick Off Date: Wednesday, February 7th (6-8pm) at Germantown Academy.  This session is only required for coaches who were new coaches in the Spring 2023 season. 


Coaches must attend and lead 90-minute practices twice per week for 8 weeks. To provide a consistent experience to participants, your commitment is crucial to prepare and collaborate with co-coaches to facilitate fun, successful lessons. Each season culminates with a team-led community project and celebratory 5K event.  The 5K event will be held at Subaru Park in Chester on May 4th or 5th, dependent on the Union Soccer Team schedule.  The date will be finalized in late January. 

Coaches may indicate where they would like to coach and days/times they are available. If coaches do not have a preference, we will assign them to a location in need of volunteers close to their geographical location. 

Merci d’envisager d’accepter le rôle vital d’animateur bénévole pour Girls on the Run. Si vous avez toujours des questions sur la façon de débloquer le pouvoir et le potentiel des filles de votre communauté, veuillez communiqu

Thanks for considering the vital role of serving as a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run of Southeastern Suburban PA. If you still have questions, please contact us!

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