Coaching a Girls on the Run (3rd-5th grade) or Heart & Sole (6th-8th grade) team is the most rewarding way to get involved with Girls on the Run of the Triangle. Any woman can coach, regardless of fitness level or running ability. You simply need to have passion for positive change, and be committed to working with a group of girls twice a week for an hour and 15 minutes throughout the 10-week season.

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Coach Overview

Our teams consist of 10 to 20 girls that meet twice weekly for 75 minutes a session. Our upcoming Fall Season runs Sept. 25-Dec. 7, 2017. Teams are led by a minimum of two Girls on the Run trained coaches. Team days and times vary depending on the site locations . All GOTR Coaches must be women at least 18 years old and available for BOTH sessions per week. 

Please note that all coaches must meet the following qualifications and requirements to serve as a GOTR mentor:


  • Ability to inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission.
  • Ability to work as a team and think on your feet.
  • Possess strong communication, organizational, conflict resolution and problem solving skills.
  • Successful completion of a background check and CPR/First Aid certification. (reimbursable up to $50)
  • Coaches are expected to be at each session but may not miss more than three sessions.
  • Coaches must attend GOTR Curriculum/Program Training.
  • Coaches must attend the mid-Season gathering and end-of-season 5K.
  • Experience working with youth is preferred.

Returning Coach Overview

Junior Coach Overview

The Junior Coach is a volunteer position for high school students to assist the Coaches at a Girls on the Run program site. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for a 10-week commitment.


  • Junior Coach must be 16-18 years old
  • Must be a high school student
  • Complete four online training modules (less than two hours) and attend coach training
  • Able to attend practices twice per week
  • Have fun!
  • Former GOTR and Heart & Sole participants are encouraged to apply


  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Assist with setting up and breaking down of games and lessons
  • Provide one-on-one attention to program participants
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls
  • Lead an activity with assistance and supervision of the Head Coach if desired
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K

Coach Application

Coach Application 2

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to come up with the weekly lessons?

No! All coaches are trained in how to administer our unique, research-based curriculum. You'll have lesson plans for every time your team meets.

When and where is coach training?

Sept. 9, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Triangle Presbyterian Church in Durham

Can I choose the site where I coach?

Coaches may indicate a preference for the site at which they want to coach. If coaches don't have a preference, we'll assign them to a location in need of volunteers. 

Do I need to be a runner to coach?

No! We simply require that you commit to having a healthy lifestyle and be a role model for your team. We encourage all coaches to walk, skip or run with their team.

Is there an age requirement?

Coaches must be at least 18 years old, but there's no age limit! We encourage active women, even those over 50, to serve as role models.

Will I be reimbursed for coaching expenses?

Each team receives a site allowance of up to $40. Coaches must submit all receipts related to program expenses at the end of the season and will be reimbursed for an amount not to exceed $40.

GOTR Triangle
1415 West Hwy 54
Suite 211
Durham, NC 27707

(919) 401-6307