CoachArt San Diego: Meet Senior Program Manager Emily Coldiron

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Emily Coldiron - CoachArt Senior Program Manager (San Diego)

Emily Coldiron (CoachArt Senior Program Manager, San Diego)

Hello! I’m Emily – your Senior Program Manager for San Diego. I manage all of the in-home lesson matching and special events in the San Diego area and I’m thrilled to share more about myself and my journey with CoachArt.

When I first started at CoachArt over 4 years ago in Los Angeles, my initial goal was to make as many fun, meaningful matches as possible. As a Program Coordinator, I hand selected volunteers and students for matching and spent countless hours negotiating rotating schedules. A great match (like Gray and Joe or Greg and Angel) could make a huge difference and I relished the opportunity to connect more and more people.

As the Senior Program Manager of San Diego, I now have the opportunity to reach even more families and volunteers in a brand new city! My primary motivation comes from my own history of benefitting from mentorship in the arts and athletics. As a high school student, I received a music scholarship for private clarinet lessons from a program that connected graduate music students with low-income high schoolers. I then went on to mentor two elementary students through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program offered through my own college.

The best part of working at CoachArt is being able to combine my personal interests with my professional ones. Running is a huge part of my life now and I’m currently training for the Eugene Marathon. When I ran my first marathon in February 2016, I led a fundraiser for CoachArt and raised over $600. I also coordinated our first-ever 5K Field Day in Los Angeles so that both students and volunteers had a chance to race without limits.

Whether I’m teaching knitting, chaperoning snowboarders, belaying climbers, or helping create the perfect sock puppet, I always feel like I’m in the right place with CoachArt. That’s exactly what I want all of my students and volunteers to feel as well. CoachArt should always be a place where they can thrive and feel accepted while pursuing any passion. I’m looking forward to bringing more adventure and creativity to the San Diego region!

CoachArt San Diego - In Home Lesson Matches

CoachArt In Home Lesson Matches (San Diego)

San Diego In Home Lessons

In Home Lessons are at the core of CoachArt’s Service model, allowing students the opportunity to learn fun new skills in arts and athletics with one-on-one instruction.  Talented volunteer coaches provide high-quality in-home instruction to chronically ill children and their siblings over the course of 8 weeks.  At the end of the 8-week session, CoachArt students can renew their activity or sign up for something new. All lessons and materials are provided at no cost to volunteers or families.

Group Lessons: CoachArt San Diego in Action!!

Check out our first EVER group lesson in San Diego where our brand new CoachArt families got to learn cupcake decorating from a professional baker in a beautiful bakery kitchen!


CoachArt San Diego students got to design and create their own unique sock puppets and stuffed animals using the simple sewing techniques we learned at our Make Your Own Sock Puppet Workshop!


CoachArt San Diego families learn how to paint their own spring-themed paintings with step-by-step instructions from certified “Paint Nite” instructor, Jessica Lunine at our Spring Paint Workshop.

San Diego CoachArt Spring Paint Workshop


10 Local Resources for Parents of Kids with Chronic Illnesses in Los Angeles | CoachArtSince 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.

CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.

Ways to Help

Do you have an artistic or athletic skill you would like to share with a child impacted by chronic illness? Become a CoachArt Volunteer.

Learn how you can get involved with CoachArt to help kids impacted by chronic illness. Visit

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