Become a Coach

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Special Olympics South Carolina coach.

Complete these simple steps to become a Certified Coach.


Coaches must be at least 18 years of age. Anyone between the ages of 14-17 can attend a training/take an online course to become a Junior Coach.

  • Each sport team or Area attending a State level competition must have at least one (1) Certified Coach in each specific sport they have competing at the event.
  • A person must be a Certified Coach to serve as a Coach on a regional, national or international level.

For any questions or for more information contact: Kelly Garrick, Senior Director of Sports & Competition –

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  1. Contact your local Area Program.
  2. Complete the Class A Volunteer Registration.
  3. Complete the General Orientation and confirmation test.
  4. Complete Protective Behaviors, a 15 minute online course to learn how to recognize and handle signs of abusive behaviors.
  5. Complete Concussion Recognition
  6. Complete Coaching Special Olympics Athletes and confirmation test.
  7. If coaching a Unified Sports Team, complete the Coaching Unified Sports course through the National Federation of High School Sports (NFHS)
  8. Request a Sports Skills Course in your sport of interest.
  9. Complete TEN practicum hours, time actually spent training Special Olympics athletes after attending a training school.

Advanced Certified Coach (Complete all of the above Certified Coach Requirements)

  1. Complete Principles of Coaching and take the online confirmation test.
  2. Complete the Heat Illness Prevention course through NFHS.

Maintaining Your Coach Certification

Your coach certification is valid for three (3) years. To avoid expiration, take one of the following courses:

On the Sidelines: Coaching Resources

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