Coach Hiring Information

Please review these frequently asked questions before applying to coach sports for FCPS.

Coach Application

To apply, interested applicants should complete and submit an online application available HERE (opens in new window). Selected candidates will be invited to appear for an interview.  Reasonable accommodations for the interview will be provided with advanced request.

*Note: All coaches must provide verification of completion of the Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries (opens in new window) class and evidence of current CPR-AED certification (opens in new window).

In addition, all coaches must complete the following NFHS free courses:

  • Completed online coach application.
  • Fingerprinting and tax forms already processed.
  • Completed online coach application.
  • Two (2) forms of original ID (Drivers License AND either an original Social Security card or Birth Certificate, or unexpired Passport.) – does not apply to teachers already in system.
  • Prepare to be fingerprinted.

All emergency coaches are required to complete assigned safe schools courses each year and must become a credentialed coach prior to the start of his/her fourth year as an emergency coach.


Once hired, you will need to complete the following, at

  • FCPS Data Privacy
  • Safe Schools - Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Safe Schools - Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting
  • Safe Schools - Bullying: Recognition and Response
  • Safe Schools - Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention

Please keep in mind these courses may change or additional may be added.


To become a credentialed coach, you must:

  • Complete the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course (click here) (opens in new window),
  • Complete the FCPS Coach Leadership class,
  • Complete two successful years as a FCPS Emergency Coach (FCPS Coach Evaluation)
  • Complete the Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries class
  • Complete a sport-specific or teaching sports skills course (an NFHS course (opens in new window) is preferred)
Fingerprinting Hours at 191 South East Street

Tuesdays 8:00-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Fingerprinting Fees for Coaches

Volunteer coaches: $15
Paid coaches: $15
(Payment must be in the form of a check or money order. No cash will be accepted.)
Once an offer is made, you will be provided with a fingerprinting letter from the Office of Athletics and Extracurricular Activities. You must present this letter at the time you are fingerprinted.

NFHS Course - Fundamentals of Coaching

FCPS coaches are encouraged to complete a Fundamentals of Coaching (opens in new window) online course available
through the NFHS Learning Center

COMAR 13A.06.03 Interscholastic Athletics in the State (Adobe PDF File, opens in new window)