Welcome to the home page for CYO Coaches at St. Joseph Parish in Avon Lake.

If you are interested in coaching a St. Joseph Parish in Avon Lake CYO team and are willing to become CYO certified, please continue through the remainder of the page for guidelines on how to become eligible.  CYO teams are frequently looking for coaches who best meet the following requirements:

    - Demonstrate Christian values in their daily lifestyles
    - Have a good knowledge of the specific sport
    - Have the ability to organize and communicate effectively with young people
    - Are supportive of St. Joseph CYO guidelines
For more information, please refer to the Cleveland Dioceses CYO page, available here
Coaching Application
To become a head or assistant coach at St. Joseph Avon Lake CYO, please complete the attached coaching application.
Coaches Development Program


Once a coach accepts the responsibility to coach in CYO Athletics, they accept the responsibility to maintain a standard for excellence. Every coach, head and assistant, must attend the Coaches Development Program before they begin coaching.

Rooted in our mission and values, it is our intention to offer an informational and educational leadership-training program for youth coaches. The program outline session includes Youth Ministry Through Athletics, CYO Governance, Risk Management, Helping Young Athletes Safely Excel in Sports and Coaching Pedagogy.

More information | Online Registration


Virtus Training

Every CYO coach is required to attend the Virtus program. The Virtus program is part of the Diocese of Cleveland’s commitment to Protecting God’s Children. Registration for Coaches Development Program does NOT include Virtus Registration! Virtus Registration needs to be done online BEFORE the training. For a list of dates, times, and locations and to register for the Virtus Program, click on the link below.

Link to Virtus


Background Check/Fingerprints

Background Checks & Fingerprinting are required for every CYO coach once every three years. Please contact Sue Zelasko in the St. Joseph School Office (440-933-6233 x131 or email) to set up an appointment during school hours (7:30 am to 3:00 pm). St. Joseph Parish CYO will cover the cost of the fingerprinting/background check provided it is performed by the St. Joseph School Office.


Concussion Training

The State of Ohio has enacted a new Concussion Awareness and Education program.  The new law went into effect on April 26, 2013.  Every CYO coach is required to successfully complete, every three years, an approved online training program in recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries.  The online training program, approved by the Ohio Board of Health, can be found at the link below:

Link to NFHS Website (Concussion Training)


Incident Report

If an incident occurs at a practice or a game, please complete the form below.  The incidents can range from player injury to adult conduct.  Let us know what happened so we can let the leaders of those involved know too.

File an Incident Report Online