Founded in 2003, Project Coach is an outreach organization rooted in the North End community of Springfield, MA. Since its inception, Project Coach has trained, mentored, and coached almost 100 high school coaches, who have in turn led 1000+ young student athletes in organized sports leagues across five different schools.


At the heart of its organizational team are Smith College faculty, graduate student fellows, and undergraduates, along with local public school teachers.The coach education academy has helped our teens become goal setters, communicators, and initiative-takers.


As a by-product of cultivating these capabilities, our coaches are creating opportunities for children to have fun, have contact with “cool” neighborhood mentors, and practice habits of wellness and health. Our coaches have become homegrown talent for local youth organizations and community centers. Project Coach builds capacity for neighborhoods from the inside out.