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 – 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. To complete the Class A Volunteer credential steps, please visit the Become a Class A Volunteer page. 
    -Your Class A Volunteer credential needs to be renewed every 3 years.
  2. Review Coaches’ Guide for general orientation information and take the General Orientation Quiz. (This only needs to be done once.)
    -Email to take the quiz by paper.
  3. Complete the Heads-Up Concussion in Youth Sports online training and send the certificate to
    -Training must be completed every 3 years.
  4. 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 expense.
    Special Olympics U.S. Programs – Coaching Progression
    – Contact Katie Wiese with any training and re-certification questions.
  5. Find your area for Area Director contact information and area competition information.

Have questions?  Contact Katie Wiese, Director of Regional Field Services by emailing or calling 515-986-5520.