Coaches Corner | Denver YMCA

Coaches Corner

Our Volunteer Coaches are making a difference! 

Behind every YMCA sports team are dedicated coaches. Inspirational and influential, these selfless volunteers give their all for every practice, play and game. Being a coach at the YMCA also gives adults the opportunity to work with and learn from their players. You do not need a long list of coaching experience - just basic knowledge of the sport and a desire to teach the fundamentals. Coaches, you make our programs possible by volunteering your time to teach the youth in our community and you cannot be thanked enough!

Becoming a volunteer coach is easy! All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application Packet and an online Coaches Training, as well as pass a  to volunteer with the Y. Upon completion, please provide the Athletic Department with your application, where they will then enter it for a criminal background check. To become a coach please contact Brady Lyons at 303 422 4977.

Click here for the Volunteer Application.

Resources for Coaches

Online Trainings

We believe that a youth sports program is only as strong as its coaches and that is why we want you to have all the tools you need for your season.  We recommend that you check out the YMCA training website where there are multiple sports-specific trainings available.  Each sport specific training will provide you with downloadable practice plans for specific ages in each sport.  Additional resources are avaiable by contacting your sports department. Visit

Downloadable Resources for Coaches

Coaches Handbook: A guide to help with all the questions a coach may have.  Includes safety, YMCA policy and procedures, and other important information.

Coaches Job Description:  The expectations of our YMCA youth sport volunteer coaches.

Blank Practice Plan: A helpful tool to plan an effective practice.

Positive Coaching Alliance

Weekly Talking Points - Click here to register to receive your FREE subscription to Talking Points.  These weekly emails include key topics and points for coaches to discuss with their players, plus video commentary from PCA National Advisory Board Members. Each Talking Points issue sparks conversations that can lead to:

•   improved athletic performance
•   stronger team bonds
•   the teaching and learning of life lessons through sports.Talking point will help you help your players become "Better Athletes, Better People" while learning life lessons in teamwork, accountability, persistence and other character traits of value beyond sports.

Coaches Highlight

The Adams County YMCA is excited to recognize one of our outstanding volunteers: Patrick McCloskey. Patrick began coaching basketball for the Y in 2011 when his two children were on the team. His kids have since grown up and become Y staff members, while Patrick has continued to volunteer and now coaches a 3rd/4th grade boys team. Thank you, Patrick, for your years of dedication. You and your family are valuable members of the YMCA team!