Special Olympics Ohio seeking Director of Coaches Education and University Programs


The Special Olympics Ohio (SOOH), Director of Coaches Education and Sports Resources is a

state-wide position that addresses key support and growth areas as well as day to day operations

within the sports department as it relates to sports and training. 



The Director of Coaches Education and Sports Resources will work closely with the Vice President

of Sports and Programs to develop all athletes and coaches through effective training, sharing best methods, and utilizing sports management teams.  The Director will create plans and strategies, devise delivery systems, and build a network of valuable resources.  This position is responsible

for implementing policies and procedures of SOOH and Special Olympics, Inc. (SOI) when

developing and managing all aspects of SOOH athlete and coaches training, as well

as sports resources.


Coaches Education

  • Organize and manage coaches’ trainings throughout the state, with a goal of increasing the number of certified coaches.
  • Identify existing and produce new sport-specific resource materials to improve the quality of coaching.
  • Incorporate fitness and wellness as part of the responsibilities of all coaches and create workout plans to be shared.  Work with the Coach Education Director on each Area Management team for implementation.
  • Establish athlete performance goals for sports development and overall fitness.
  • Develop, implement, and update, in collaboration with the Field Directors, a vehicle to assess the training needs of SOOH local organizations.
  • Develop and maintain a training program in each sport for coaches and officials on rules, updated rules changes and competitions.  This includes Unified Sports® training.  Ensure that national governing body rules and Special Olympics rules are taught and utilized.
  • Implement and maintain Coaches Certification and continuing education certification process. Schedule and promote training schools around the state.  
  • Work with Data Base Manager on oversight of coach and volunteer management system.
  • Research and implement new methods to provide training, including online and other technology-based options, to increase access and improve the consistency training received by all athletes and coaches.
  • Develop and monitor the annual SOOH Training Plan budget.  In conjunction with the Vice President of Sports and Programs, develop the annual training plan, goals and objectives.



Sports Resources


  • Recruit and train sports directors and their management teams in each sport offered by Special Olympics Ohio. Work with each management team to develop goals and create/update an annual plan for the development of their sport.
  • Build and manage relationships throughout the state with sports organizations and other related partners in the health and fitness industry.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with the appropriate official’s associations to increase involvement with Special Olympics Ohio.
  • Work with the Director of Competition to develop clinics for each state competition to ensure continuing education opportunities are provided in a variety of sports based on training needs and requests.


Unified Sports Support – University Programs

The Director of Coaches Education and Sports Resources will work closely with the Vice President of Sports and Programs, Director of Health and Unified Initiatives to develop a plan that will build and sustain Unified Sports programs at Universities across the state.  The Director will assist these individuals with research and planning, and take lead on coaches’ trainings.


Unified Sports Coaches’ Training and Resource Development

  • Develop and implement Unified Sports coaches’ trainings throughout the state for interscholastic Unified Sports programs and community-based Unified Sports programs.
  • Design agendas and content which covers the philosophy and principles of Unified Sports, as well as application to the specific sport.
  • Require all Unified Sports coaches to take the free SOI online Unified Sports Coaches course.
  • Create and disseminate practice plans.
  • Oversee officials’ trainings for Unified Sports competitions.
  • Reports

o   Provide regular updated reports as requested.

o   Support general grant reporting requirements.



Works under the supervision of the Vice President of Sports and Programs.



Position requires extensive travel, as well as evening and weekend work.



  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in related area.  Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Experience in working with volunteers required.
  • Minimum of one-year experience in Special Olympics program and administration, preferably one to three years’ experience.

Qualified candidates should email or mail cover letter, resume to:


John Wysocki

Vice President of Sports and Programs

Special Olympics Ohio

3303 Winchester Pike

Columbus, OH 43232


Special Olympics Ohio     |     3303 Winchester Pike     |     Columbus, OH 43232     |     614.239.7050 (phone)     |     614.239.1873 (fax)

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