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The undergraduate coaching minor prepares you to coach student-athletes from pre-kindergarten through college. The program emphasizes administration, coaching sports, coaching methods, fitness training assessment, motor development, and anatomy/physiology. We also offer instruction on scientific techniques to observe and analyze skill performances and athletic training classes to aid risk management and injury prevention.

The coaching minor develops the knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes and behaviors necessary for an entry-level coaching professional. The academic and coaching instructors continually strive to provide the students with the most current evidence-based techniques and teaching practices through their own continued professional education.

This minor works well with majors in:

What You Will Learn

The program emphasizes:

  • Administration
  • Coaching sports
  • Coaching methods
  • Fitness training assessment
  • Motor development

Student Learning Outcomes

Domain 1 - Philosophy and Ethics Students will demonstrate the ability to reinforce responsible personal, social, and ethical behavior.

Domain 2 - Safety and Injury Prevention Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge in the prevention, recognition, and immediate care of injuries.

Domain 3 - Physical Conditioning / Domain 4 - Growth and Development Students will be able to design programs of training, conditioning, and recovery that properly recognizes and acknowledges athletes and developmental patterns.

Domain 5 - Teaching and Communication / Domain 6 - Sport Skills and Tactics  Students will be able to identify and use the psychological skills and mental techniques associated with the sport being coached.

Domain 7 - Organization and Administration  Students will demonstrate organizational and administrative knowledge to the various components of implementing a sports program.

Domain 8 - Evaluation  Students will be familiar with effective evaluation techniques for athlete motivation, individual performance, team performance, and conduct practices that enhance the physical, social, and emotional growth of the athlete.

Program Requirements

Admission requirements include:

  • attain minimum overall GPA of 2.5 a time of application
  • completion of KINE 231 with a C or better
  • completion of at least 10 hours of documented field experience in competitive athletic coaching
  • completion of the School of Kinesiology Minor in Coaching Application


If you want to learn more about this minor, contact Bill Zenisek.

Total Credits
: 18


A few of the classes you will take include:

  • Athletic Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Foundations of Coaching
  • Psychological/Social Issues in Sport
  • Introduction to Sport Administration

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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