Be a fan of teamwork and fun. Become a coach today!

Whether you are a weekend-only recreational enthusiast, current or former high school or college athlete, or simply a sports junkie, there is no better way to combine a love of sports with the rewards of volunteer service than by becoming a coach for Special Olympics Maryland. Acting as trainer, mentor, #1 fan and friend, SOMD coaches play an invaluable role in the lives of athletes, helping to teach lessons that transcend the playing fields. If you want to make a positive difference in a fun and meaningful way, join the 2,000 other SOMD volunteers who wanted the same thing and become a coach!

To become a Special Olympics Maryland Coach, follow the steps below!

1. Find your sport

Special Olympics Maryland Offers a variety of sports and activities for our program participants.  Learn more about our sport opportunities here

2. Connect with your Area Program

Visit our area program page to connect with your Area Director or Region Director

3. Complete your Volunteer Application & Training

All Special Olympics Maryland Coaches are Class A Volunteers.  You'll need to submit your Class A Application and complete Protective Behaviors Training

4. Complete required Coach Education

To ensure our Athletes and Unified Teammates (and you, too!) have the best possible experience, Coach Education is required for all coaches.  Learn more here.

Visit our newly launched Coach Resource Page! It’s still under development but already has easy access to such important coach resources as links to pre-season and pre-competition webinars (registration, slides and recordings), the most current SOMD Sports Calendar, Coach Education Opportunities. It will be updated on a regular basis. Let us know what you think!