How Do I Retain My Coaches?

  • Build strong connections/team

By regularly checking in with your coaches to see how they are doing, if they need support, or to simply give them a high-five for a job well done, you are ultimately building strong connections—this is vital to retaining coaches.  You might consider weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly meetings to give everyone the opportunity to share and feel a part of something bigger than themselves.

  • Go to College Access Activities as a team.

Coaches will feel more part of a team if they are presenting college access activities together instead of seperate.

  • Events

Host events where you have the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of your coaches as well as providing a time for coches to come together to share best practices, ultimately building a sense of community. 

  • Provide T-Shirts (make sure they have an AmeriCorps and WACC logo)

Provide T-Shirts to identify your coaches presence on campus and at your partnership schools

  • Recognition & Support

Always acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and commitment of your coaches—always. Share program impacts, successes, and challenges. Solve problems and share successes as a team.

Provide trainings, be a resource for coaches, and simply lend a listening ear to ensure that your coaches feel supported. Have an "open door policy" to always be approachable.

Recognize even small accomplishments of coaches and students. Be supportive and understanding of different schedules and personalities.

  • Reflect

Have time to reflect with coaches, in a one-on-one setting and in a group. Use this time to communicate with coaches to set goals and open up to feedback. Emphasize the relationships and commitments that your coaches are making!