Become a Coach

mid-winter-powerlifting-coachThank you for your interest in coaching for Special Olympics Iowa! Being a Special Olympics coach can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime – for both you and the athletes you mentor. Special Olympics coaches often find that the personal rewards received are equal to or even outweigh the benefits they offer the athletes.

Coaches give Special Olympics athletes the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve.

Become a Special Olympics Iowa Coach

  1. Complete the following steps for your Class A Volunteer credential (complete every 3 years unless noted otherwise):
    Class A Application
    Protective Behavior Slides
    Protective Behavior Quiz
    -Review Coaches’ Guide for general orientation information
    -General Orientation Quiz- Printable PDF or Online (one time only)
    Coach/Chaperone Code of Conduct Form
    Send all completed forms and quizzes to
  2. Complete the following online training and send the certificate of completion to
    The Center for Disease Control’s “Heads-Up Concussion in Youth Sports” (complete every 3 years)
  3. Complete a SOIA Sports Online Training for each sport you train athletes in.
    -Re-certification is required every three years. For re-certification, retake a SOIA Sports Online Training, or additional online training at your own cost.
    Special Olympics U.S. Programs – Coaching Progression
  4. Find your area for Area Director contact information and area competition information.

Contact your Regional Director with any questions or to request a meeting.
Kirsten DeVary, Director of Regional Field Services (Northeast and Southeast)
Katie Schrodt, Director of Regional Field Servies (West and Central)