Coaches play a unique role in Special Olympics, working hands-on with athletes to provide the sports skills and spirit they need to compete.

Special Olympics Michigan Coaches

Coaches help our athletes realize their true potential.

To be a Special Olympics coach, you don't have to have prior experience - we provide the necessary training. What you do need is the enthusiasm and desire to make a positive impact on the lives of athletes. The following resources will guide you through the certification process.

I want to become a Special Olympics Michigan coach! What do I do?

• Contact your local area director to find out what coaching opportunities are available near you. Choose your county from the "Select a Local Program" drop down menu on the right side of the screen. You will be redirected to your local area page that contains your area director's contact info.

• Fill out and send the Volunteer/Guest Registration Form to your local area director.

• Review the general orientation participation guide, then complete both the general orientation quiz and protective behaviors training.

• Take the free, online coaches concussion training at the CDC's website: Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports. When finished, email a copy of your certificate to Kellie Murphy at or print a copy and fax it to the SOMI state office at (989) 774-3034.

• Attend a Coaches Training School for your particular sport, and complete the Coach Application Form.


Coaching Certification


Coach & Chaperone Report - How to Guide

The coaching certification document is updated and reposted on the first Monday of each month.

Names may be listed more than once; there is one line (or record) for each sport certification course a person has attended. Additionally, completion of other course requirements (General Orientation, Protective Behaviors, MATP, Unified Sports, etc.) are listed with the person's name.

Sports certifications expire every three years. You will see when your certification expires in the column labeled "Date Sport Certification Expires/Expired." If your certification has expired or is about to expire, visit HERE to take the recertification test.

Protective Behaviors certification also expires every three years. Check the "Date Protective Behaviors Expires/Expired" column to make sure you and your coaches are up-to-date. If it is expired, or will expire before the next state-level event s/he plans on attending, retake the test.

Area Directors and Local Coordinators can use the filter function to see only their program’s coaches. In the "Area" column, click on the pull down arrow and uncheck the "select all" box, then check in the box for your delegation/area. Click "OK" and you can view your area.

Sports Clinician

A Sports Clinician is responsible for conducting group training sessions and presenting sport specific training curriculum to volunteer coaches for the purpose of meeting certification requirements. They help execute the Special Olympics Michigan Coaches Education Plan by maintaining a current understanding of rules and best practices associated with coaching a specific sport. If you are interested in becoming a sports clinician please contact Kellie Murphy at