At St. Rita, volunteer coaches are the backbone of the program. Without them, teams would either have to be combined and/or reduced in number. Typically, volunteers for a particular sport are solicited in the SpartanSpeak that comes out the month or so before the sport starts, as well as a general call for coaches at the beginning of the year. As the child progresses in school, usually most of the coaches continue with their teams as they move on to 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Ideally, each team will have a coach who has knowledge and experience with the sport, as well as a positive approach in dealing with the particular age group they are coaching. Using parent volunteers as coaches is certainly not a perfect system, as there are often issues of favoritism, insufficient knowledge and/or experience and even just plain personality conflicts to combat.
Coaches meetings are conducted before each season to discuss expectations, techniques and communication to try to prevent some of the aforementioned problems. All coaches must go through safe environment training and a background check required by the diocese. Forms for the background check are available through Deacon Denis Corbin. The actual safe environment training course is put on periodically at St. Rita, as well as other parishes, and usually encompasses about a 2-hour session of information. Dates and times are usually published in the bulletin.