High school students can become student coaches with a $500 stipend
Elementary Sports

Growing our elementary after school sports program means recruiting more coaches. Teams are often coached by parents who volunteer their time, and for the past two years, high school students could also volunteer to coach while earning school credit.

This year, all high school students can continue to volunteer, but students ages 16-18 can earn a $500 stipend. The stipends are thanks to a partnership with the City of Tacoma, and an extension of our Summer Jobs 253 program. Students ages 14-15 can still volunteer to coach but are not eligible for a stipend. Interested students should complete a short online application.

Apply to become a student coach

“Having student coaches has been amazing from all angles,” said John Page, Director of Career and Technical Education. “Student coaches learn so much from this experience, but we also wanted to pay them for their valuable contribution. And I hope this might inspire students to consider education as a career.”

The elementary after school sports program has five seasons. Soccer is the first and begins Sept. 20. Students can coach for just one season or multiple seasons. Stipends are earned at the completion of a single season. Currently, students are only eligible to earn one $500 stipend during the school year.

Depending on the student’s experience and comfort level, they may serve as a head coach or assistant coach. No matter their role, every student coach learns hands-on leadership skills.

The time commitment for student coaches is estimated at 30 hours total per season, which includes weekly practices and Saturday games. When applying, student coaches can select the sport or season that works best for them. They can also indicate their preferred elementary school.

After students complete the sign-up form they will be asked to interview with TPS staff and Metro Parks or other partners.

Elementary season schedule:

  • Soccer: Sept. 20- October 29
  • Basketball: Nov. 8- Dec. 10
  • Flag football: Jan. 10 – Feb. 18
  • Volleyball: March 7 – April 22
  • Baseball: May 2 – June 10

In addition to earning a stipend, students can earn a .5 CTE credit. Student coaches will have the opportunity to complete an industry recognized certification during or after their coaching experience (ParaPro or relevant Early Childhood Education Certification).

TPS Media Contact

Kathryn McCarthy, Strategic Communications and Marketing Manager | 253-571-1015 | kmccart@tacoma.k12.wa.us

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