Writing a Meaningful Thank-You Note to Your Coach or Trainer

By Billie •  Updated: 01/19/23 •  7 min read

Achieving personal fitness goals, team milestones, and transforming your body can be pivotal life-changing moments that set the tone for the rest of your life.

Writing a thank you note to a coach or trainer is a great way to show your appreciation for the time and effort they have invested in helping you achieve your goals and set your life on a new trajectory.

Here are some tips on how to write a thoughtful and effective thank-you note:

  1. Start with thanks. Begin your note by expressing your appreciation for the coach or trainer’s guidance and support. Let them know how much you value their time and effort.
  2. Get specific. Whether it’s a particular technique they taught you or the way they motivated you to push yourself, be specific about how the coach or trainer has made a positive impact on your development.
  3. Share your progress or accomplishments. If you’ve achieved a particular goal or improved in a specific area, let the coach or trainer know how their help contributed to your success.
  4. Show that you’re still working on what you learned. Show your coach or trainer that you’re still working on the things that they taught you, and that you’re still looking to improve.
  5. End with a sincere expression of thanks. Close your note with a heartfelt expression of gratitude for the coach or trainer’s guidance and support.
  6. Personalize the note. Make sure to use the coach or trainer’s name and mention something specific about your relationship, that way the coach or trainer knows you put effort on the note.
  7. Sign your note. Don’t forget to sign your note and include your contact information, so the coach or trainer can get in touch with you if they’d like to.
If at first you don't succeed, try doing what your coach told you the first time!

Example thank-you note for coach mentorship:

Dear [Coach/Trainer name],

I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for all of the time, effort, and guidance you've invested in me over the past season. Your coaching and mentorship have been invaluable to me, and I've grown so much as a player and a person because of your support.

I particularly appreciated the way you helped me work on my footwork and passing accuracy. Your feedback and guidance helped me to improve my game significantly. With your help, I was able to earn a spot on the starting lineup, and I am so grateful for that.

I'm still working hard to improve my skills, and I know that everything I've learned from you will be incredibly useful in the future.

Thank you again for everything. You're an amazing coach and an even better person. I feel so fortunate to have had you as a mentor and I hope to continue working with you in the future.

Sincerely, [Your Name]

Example thank-you note for fitness trainer:

Dear [Trainer's name],

I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for all of the time, effort, and guidance you've invested in me over the past few months. After my injury, I wasn't sure if I would ever be able to compete again, let alone win a race. But with your help, I was able to not only recover, but also train and win a masters race.

I appreciate the way you tailored my workout plan to accommodate my injury and helped me to improve my strength, endurance and speed. Your guidance and expertise helped me to achieve my goal and overcome the challenges I faced.

I am so grateful for all the time you spent working with me, for your patience and encouragement. You have helped me not just to win a race but also to regain my confidence and self-esteem.

Thank you again for everything. You are an amazing trainer and an even better person. I feel so fortunate to have had you as a mentor and I hope to continue working with you in the future.

Sincerely, [Your Name]

Example letter of appreciation for coach:

Dear [Coach's name],

I want to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for the incredible work you have done with our team. When we first came together, we were a group of misfits with no direction or cohesion. But under your leadership, you have transformed us into a team of winners.

Your dedication and passion for the sport is contagious and has instilled a sense of discipline and focus in each one of us. You have pushed us to be our best selves, both on and off the field, and have always believed in us even when we doubted ourselves.

Your guidance, encouragement and support were instrumental in our success. Your ability to bring out the best in each player and your tireless effort to make us a better team have been truly remarkable.

Thank you for being an amazing coach, a mentor and a friend. We are so lucky to have had you as our coach, and we will always be grateful for the lessons and memories you have given us.

Sincerely, [Your Name]
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Thank-you letter to coach from high school senior:

Dear Coach [Coach's name],

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say a huge thank you for everything you've done for me during my time on the team. As I'm nearing the end of my high school career, I can't help but reflect on all the amazing memories and lessons I've learned while playing under your guidance.

You have truly been an incredible coach and mentor. Your encouragement and leadership have helped me grow and develop not only as an athlete, but as a person. Your dedication to the sport and to the development of young athletes is truly remarkable, and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from you.

I'll never forget all the times you pushed me to be my best, and the moments you believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. You've taught me so much about the sport, but also about life, and I know that I'll carry those lessons with me for the rest of my life.

Thank you for everything, Coach. I will always remember the lessons you have taught me and I feel so grateful to have had you in my life.

Best,
[Your Name]

Thank-you note from parents to coach of child:

Dear [Coach's name],

We just wanted to drop you a quick note to say a huge thank you for all that you do for our little athlete [child's name]. As parents, we can't even begin to express how grateful we are to have you as their coach.

You have not only helped [child's name] become a better athlete but also a better person. Your ability to bring out the best in each player is truly remarkable and it's clear that you have a real passion for the sport and for helping these young athletes grow.

[child's name] has come so far since joining the team, not just in terms of their skills on the field/court but also in terms of their confidence, discipline and work ethic. We can't thank you enough for the role you've played in helping them develop in these areas.

So, thank you, thank you, thank you! You're an amazing coach and we feel so lucky to have you in our child's life.

Best,
[Your Name]

It’s a great idea to hand write your thank-you note on a good quality card or stationary as this will show your appreciation and effort. Also, if appropriate, consider adding a small token of appreciation such as a gift card to their frequented store, or a sport equipment related item.

See also: Are you a student and did your coach provide a recommendation letter for you? Send them another thank-you!

Billie

I like to climb mountains, read Nietzsche, and explore the West Coast. I have a BA from York University and yet on this site I sometimes spell like an American (know your audience). Thank you. Thank you very much.

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