Volunteers & Coaches


Ready to Volunteer with the Flyers?  It’s easy!  Click here (http://specialolympicsminnesota.org/who-we-are/coaches), then submit the Contact Us form.

Volunteers are critical to the success of the Rochester Flyers.  We serve over 250 athletes and need volunteer coaches, supporters, mentors, and management team leaders to support our busy delegation.  In exchange for your gift of time, you’ll receive the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our athletes.  The more coaches we have, the better we can help athletes reach their full potential.

No athletic expertise is required to volunteer as a coach.  Simply bring a willingness to have fun and be open minded.  Sport specific training is provided by SOMN.  SOMN requires a specific ratio of coaches to athletes during practices and competitions so that our athletes are adequately and safely supervised and coached.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Volunteer as a Level 1 coach for a sport.
    All you need is a willingness to help guide a small group of athletes during practice for the season. Specific sport skill/proficiency NOT required.
  • Volunteer as a Level 2 coach for a sport.
    Level 2 coaches receive sport specific training (2 hr session) and work closely with the Head Coach to help direct practices and attend competitions.  Some knowledge of the sport is helpful but not required.
  • Practice and compete along with our athletes as a Unified Partner.
  • Serve as a Head Coach for a sport.
    The Head Coach is responsible for the organization and execution of practices and competitions for a given sport.  Must be sport specific Level 2 certified.
  • Student Level 1 coaches are welcomed but must be age 16 or older.  Applications include 2 brief letters of recommendation.
  • Serve on the Local Sports Management Team.  Meetings occur monthly via teleconference in the evening with 3-4 face to face meetings annually.


Head Coaches

Head Coaches Athletics:  Kevin & Lori Torgerson

Head Coach Aquatics:  Becky Cleveland

Head Coaches Basketball-Full Court:  Jan Roth & Bob Toman

Head Coaches Basketball-Individual Skills & Half Court:  Jennifer & Kyle

Head Coach Bocce:  Mindy Schroeder

Head Coaches Bowling:   Kevin & Lori Torgerson

Head Coaches Flag Football:  Matt Herr & Al Watts

Head Coaches Golf:   LeAnn Bieber, Angel Hutchins & Watty Watson

Head Coaches Poly Hockey:  Kristin Anderson & Kevin Steffl


All coaches must adhere to the coaches code of conduct.  http://specialolympicsminnesota.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/coaches_codeofconduct.pdf

For more information, see also: http://specialolympicsminnesota.org/who-we-are/coaches


All coaches and Unified Partners working with athletes need to be Level 1 certified.
Level 1 coaches can coach any sport.

1.  Complete the volunteer application (pdf)

  • Please note you will receive an email from General Information Services (GIS) eServices@geninfo.com to complete your background check
  • Minors (17 and younger) must also complete the minor reference form (pdf)

2.  Complete the online Level 1 training course

  • General Orientation, Protective Behaviors and Concussion are all included in the Level 1 training
  • This training is designed for new and returning coaches and Unified Partners that need to renew their Protective Behaviors


If you wish to become level 2 certified in a specific sport, you must complete Level 2 training. Two options for Level 2 trainings are available:

Option 1: Online Training

Online trainings are available in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf, poly hockey, softball and volleyball. Online trainings are NOT currently available in alpine skiing/snowboarding, equestrian, gymnastics, powerlifting or tennis.

Option 2: Attend an in-person training

Coaches become level 2 certified at the end of a training school.

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