COACH stands for Creating Options and Conquering Hurdles. It's a motivational program that allows you to accomplish your goals and create the personal life that you desire.

About the Program

The COACH Program is a motivational program that assists students in accomplishing their academic, social, and personal goals. It is sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Division of Undergraduate Education. Its primary goal is to provide students who are stressed, unmotivated or worried about their grades or life in general with a personal coach. The role of the Life Coach is to assist students in their endeavor for ultimate success.

The Coaching process involves 3-steps:

  1. Helping a student assess their needs
  2. Formulating an individual plan with specific steps, tasks and timelines
  3. Monitoring the student’s progress until s/he has reached his/her goal

The methods of coaching are one to one contact, email, and phone. A student may want to request a Life Coach when s/he wants to:

  • Achieve better grades
  • Effectively manage their stress level or time
  • Improve overall communication skills
  • Develop better friendships
  • Enhance self-esteem
  • Overcome shyness or anxiety
  • Maintain healthy eating habits
  • Improve relationships with parents, or a significant other

Request a Coach

Please call the Counseling Center at (949) 824-6457 to request a life coach. or make a request in person at 203 Student Services 1 (across from Starbucks).

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Meet the Coaches

Jessica Ortega, Ph.D.
Jessica Ortega, Ph.D.
Coordinator & Advisor

Life Coaches are a group of upper level undergraduate students carefully selected and extensively trained by mental health professionals from the Counseling Center. They are culturally diverse, represent a variety of academic majors and speak several different languages. They have expertise in the area of helping you accomplish your personal goals whether it be by achieving positive self-esteem, better time-management, improving communication skills, enhancing academic achievement or establishing healthy relationships with friends, family or significant others to name a few.



Rita Barber
Rita Barber
Agyeman Bonsu
Kofi Bonsu
Lizette Espino
Lizette Espino
Sheila Espinosa
Sheila Espinosa
Estrella Estrada
Star Estrada
Manami Koizumi
Manami Koizumi
Kristal Ly
Kristal Ly
Guadalupe Martinez
Lupita Martinez
Rebecca Martinez
Rebecca Martinez
Tasmia Moosani
Tasmia Moosani
Crystal Murillo
Crystal Murillo
Thanh Nguyen
Thanh Nguyen
Alicia Wang
Alicia Wang
May Wilson
May Wilson
Albert Xiong
Albert Xiong

Interested in becoming a Life Coach?

The COACH Program offers a select number of students the opportunity to become a Life Coach and to provide needed support services to the UC Irvine community. Life Coaches receive training from professional therapists in basic counseling/coaching skills, leadership skills, gender issues, relationship concerns, diversity, group dynamics and other factors that impact the psychosocial functioning of men and women. Coaches gain practical experience while earning academic or field study credit (Social Ecology majors).

For more information, visit our Opportunities for Student Involvment Page.