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

Hey, current coaches, Heads of Delegation, Finance Chairs and team administrators! Check out our brand-new Coach Portal for all your most-used resources.

Are you new to Special Olympics Minnesota?

If you’re interested in being a coach, a team assistant or a Unified Partner and have not been in contact with a delegation or team, please complete our interest form.

You can also check out the volunteer roles available on our Volunteers page!


All coaches who work with athletes need to be Level 1 certified. Level 1 certified coaches can coach any sport.

Step 1: Complete the online volunteer application
You’ll receive an email from [email protected] (General Information Services (GIS)) to complete your background check. If you need a printable PDF, please contact [email protected]

Step 2: Complete the online level 1 certification course and quiz (PDF)
This training is designed for new coaches, and current coaches who need to renew their Protective Behaviors training. General Orientation, Protective Behaviors and Concussion are all included in the Level 1 training.

Step 3: Renew background check
Existing volunteers that have questions regarding their background check can contact their delegation or email [email protected]