|"The wise coach develops not only the fullest physical potential in his charges, but also those capacities and habits of mind and body which will enrich and ennoble their later years."
(Geoffrey Dyson speaking to the 19th session of the International Olympic Academy, Greece 1979)
The roles that Special Olympics New Mexico Coaches play come with great responsibility. Our coaches play the role of teacher, role model, chaperone, caregiver, friend, counselor and of course coach.
Our coaches impart to our athletes a plethora of sports skills and competitive spirit. They also help build character and assist in our athletes' development as productive members of society. These values define the Special Olympics movement.
Special Olympics New Mexico offers a state-level coaches certification. The purpose of this level of certification is to give coaches immediate recognition of their commitment to Special Olympics. Each coach will receive a certificate and a certified coaches lapel pin after they have completed the necessary steps and have attended a skills training session.
To be an SONM coach you must be patient, dedicated, and committed. If this describes you, here are 5 easy steps to follow:
1. Fill out a Coaches/Unified Partner "A"pplication
2. Read the General Orientation & Protective Behaviors (GOPB) Participant Guide
3. Complete GO & PB Quizzes
Note: You must pass the G.O. Quiz with an 80% or above and the P.O. Quiz with 100%. Any person who scores below these standards will be required to review results with the Director of Coaches Education (either by phone or email).
4. Attend a Coaches Education Training School and complete a sport specific skills session relative to the desired sport:
2013 Coaches Training School Schedule
Note: You may wait to turn in your volunteer application and GO/PB quizzes during Coaches Education Training or mail your information to:
Special Olympics New Mexico
Attn: Jena Waddell, Director of Coaches Education
6600 Palomas NE Ste. 207
Albuquerque, NM 87109
5. Once you have received your Coaches Education Certification, contact your local Area Director to discuss team placement. For more information on our Coaches Education Program please contact our Director of Coaches Education, Jena Richardson at (505) 856-0342 or emai firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our Forms and Resources for the GO/PB Quizzes and Participant Guide.