If you’ve always liked running and working with youth, you could apply to be a volunteer coach for THPRD’s Middle School Track program. You do not need to have any coaching experience, but it’s obviously a bonus if you do. As long as you know the basics of track & field and enjoy working with young runners, you’ve got what it takes.
There are regular practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays. At most schools, practices are 4p-5:15p; there is one school where practice is from 2:15p-3:45p. The season starts on February 25 and wraps up on May 7th with the final meet of the season at Southridge High School. Most practices are at Beaverton middle schools, with one practice before the first meet at a high school track so they can experience what it’s like to run in that setting.
Meets are generally from 4:45p-7:30p, and there are five over the course of the season. Meets are at Sunset, Aloha, Beaverton, Westview, and Southridge High Schools.
If you’re concerned about asking for so many early-off days, consider sharing duties with a running buddy. Or, if you have experience with throws, hurdles, or another discipline, go ahead and apply — you can work out a schedule where you come to select practices as your schedule allows. For example, if you have experience with throws, you could visit a few of the different school practices to give kids some foundation to build on.
You can apply to be a head coach or assistant coach (and there’s a spot on the application to write the names of anyone you’d like to coach with). Meets will include 100 meter low hurdles, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 1500 meters, 4×100 meter relay, 4×400 meter relay, FinnFlyer javelin, shot put, discus, long jump, and high jump.
If this sounds interesting, go ahead and apply online here! The program is organized by local runner Lori Jensen. It also just so happens that I work in volunteer recruitment for THPRD, so if you have any questions, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. THPRD covers all costs associated with the background check and training for coaches.
If you’d like to help out but can’t commit to coaching, there are a few slots open at each individual track meet, for which you can sign up here. Here’s the meet schedule:
April 9 @ Sunset HS
April 16 @ Aloha HS
April 23 @ Beaverton HS
April 30 @ Westview HS
May 5 @ Southridge HS