2021-22 Young Quakers Community Athletics Track & Field Coach

Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) is a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Penn Athletics. YQCA creates mutually beneficial partnerships between select Penn intercollegiate athletic teams and West Philadelphia public schools.

Penn’s varsity athletes engage with West Philadelphia K-8 students, mentoring the children on the field and off. YQCA provides staff, coaches, uniforms, sports equipment, bus transportation, and access to the University’s world-class playing fields at no cost to the schools or their students. Program participants also benefit from the Netter Center’s comprehensive University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS) programming, which brings additional academic, human, and material resources from Penn to their schools during the school day, after school, and in the summer.

The YQCA Track and Field Coach will be responsible for practice planning and facilitating sessions with Big Quakers (Penn athletes) and UACS students (6th-8th grade boys/girls). Sessions will focus on Big Quaker and Young Quaker engagement and integrating life skill development into practice sessions. The YQ T&F Coach will be responsible for regular communication to the Big Quakers about practice plans and expectations.


  • High school degree required, College degree preferred
  • 2-5 years experience in sports based youth development or related field (ie teaching); experience working with urban youth preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of track & field required
  • Complete all Federal and state background checks/clearances


  • Attendance at all YQCA coach trainings, practices and competition
  • Practice planning/facilitation
    • Create detailed practice plans with focus on linking life skills to sports skills
    • Facilitate sports skills and leadership/team building lessons with elementary and college student-athletes
  • Communicate practice plans to YQCA senior staff and Penn athletes by assigned deadlines
  • Complete game scheduling
  • Coordinate special events such as opening/closing ceremonies

Estimated Schedule: September-June

  • 4-10 hours per week including practice facilitation and planning
  • After-school hours(approximately 3-6pm); Occasional weekend commitments
  • Compensation: $20-$28 per hour commensurate with experience

To apply: please send resume to YQCA Associate Director, Paige Lombard, plombard@sas.upenn.edu