Cougar Coaches

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Two students stand with a team of nine children.
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What is Cougar Coaches?

Cougar Coaches recruits BYU students to serve as coaches in a variety of sports for local youth athletic organizations. Student coaches have the opportunity to be the head coach of a team running practices and games. It is encouraged to have one or two friends available as assistant coaches to help out with practices. Each sport generally lasts 4-6 weeks, demanding about 3 hours of service per week. This service is not only meaningful to the students, but life-changing for the children as well. Both male and female coaches are needed.


Throughout the year there are opportunities to coach the following sports:






-Track and Cross Country


Thank you for your willingness to serve!

Program Directors: 

Program Directors

William Ortiz

(240) 422-1407

Wed 12:00 PM-1:00 PM


Cameron Wilkinson

(405) 402-6399

Wed 1:00 PM-2:00 PM


Jacob Johnson

(908) 892-0463


Courtney Marshall

(859) 912-3951

Wed 12:00 PM-1:00 PM


Erik Parry

(208) 251-3774

Thurs 12:00 PM-1:00 PM


Active Semesters

Fall   Winter


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How do I get involved?: 

How do I get involved?

To get involved, contact us by email at We have many opportunities to coach different sports throughout the year.

Please complete this mandatory 20 minute child protection training before you begin working with the children. 



After a game, I was wondering what good I was doing for these kids. At that moment a mother of one of the athletes I was coaching came up to me and thanked me for being a great example to her son and giving him self confidence. This was such a witness to me of the blessing of service.

-William Ortiz (2017)


"He feels like he isn't a good player and didn't want to come to the game today. After some tears and a lot of convincing that he needed to be a part of the team, he conceded to go. You don't owe him playing time let alone ball handling time, but after today, his confidence and demeanor has totally shifted. I thank you whole heartedly for being kind to him and boosting his confidence."

-Parent of an athlete (2018)