Admission Requirements:

Program Requirements:

A minor in coaching is awarded to students who meet the following requirements: 

  • Maintain overall GPA of 2.5 and coaching minor GPA of 2.75
  • Complete 18 credit hours of course work prescribed below
  • Provide proof of current CPR, First Aid, and AED certification (completion of PEP 250 may satisfy this requirement)
  • Obtain a National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) or an American Sport Education Program (ASEP) sport certification in one of the following:  baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, or wrestling

Required Courses:

AT 240 Prevention and Care of Musculoskeletal Injuries Introduction to the prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of common musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Laboratory experiences emphasize the following: basic injury evaluation and management, preventative stretching techniques, bracing methods, spinal stabilization, splinting, and equipment fitting techniques. A requirement for application to the Athletic Training Program. Lab fee required. 3.000 Credit hours

PEP 231 Principles and Philosophies of Coaching Sports Based on two domains of the National Coaching Standards; covers principles and philosophies underlying coaching at the interscholastic level. 3.000 Credit hours

PEP 409 Psychological/Social Issues in Sport Covers practical applications of the social and psychological issues which influence individual and/or team performance; content based on two domains of the National Coaching Standards and the NASPE/NASSM Standards for Sport Management Programs. Prerequisite: permission of the program coordinator. Open only to sport administration majors and coaching minors. 3.000 Credit hours

PEP 433 Coaching Internship Assist in coaching competitive sports in schools. Includes supervised field-based experiences and in-depth classroom discussions centering on self-awareness and the teaching-coaching process. May not be taken at the same time as student teaching. Prerequisite: current CPR/first aid certified or eligible for recertification; permission of the instructor. 3.000 Credit hours Coaching Internship Application

SPTA 190 Introduction to Sport Administration An introductory course that examines the organization and management of sport including the following areas: finance, law, ethics, facility management, event management, media relations, high school sports, collegiate sports, and recreational sports. Students will become familiar with career opportunities within the sport management field. Open only to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, or by permission of the program coordinator. 3.000 Credit hours

3 credit hours from one of the following:

AQUA 314 Teaching and Coaching Swimming and Diving Focuses on the application of skills, tactics, and strategies of competitive swimming and diving. Includes entry level to advanced knowledge concepts and skills. Competitive swimming and diving experience is not needed. Skill sessions take into account the student's individual willingness and abilities. 3.000 Credit hours

EXSC 302 Physical Activity Throughout the Lifespan Designed to give an overview of recommended physical activity throughout various periods of one's lifetime. This will include the role that physical activity plays throughout the lifespan in adults, children, older adults, athletes, clinical populations, clients with disabilities and others with special considerations. Offered on-line only. 3.000 Credit hours

EXSC 360 Exercise Psychology Introduction to the psychosocial issues related to exercise behaviors emphasizing intervention strategies. Covers information relevant to competencies related to effective exercise leadership as well as adherence methods and techniques for exercise participants. Open only to exercise science majors. 3.000 Credit hours

FCFN 340 Principles of Human Nutrition Addresses the principles of nutrition, life cycle nutrition, and the relationship of diet to health and disease. Prerequisite or parallel: CHEM 100 or 101 or 111 or permission of the department chairperson. Not open to students who have credit in FCFN 240 or 275 or by permission of the department chairperson. 3.000 Credit hours

PEP 227 Introduction to Adapted Physical Education/Activity Introductory knowledge of disabilities with emphasis on referral, placement, and programming in physical education and physical activity; relevant federal and state laws that pertain to the education and physical education of students with disabilities; and activity programming across the lifespan. Students are required to participate in field experiences. 3.000 Credit hours

PEP 291 Motor Development and Learning Across the Lifespan Introduction to motor development and motor learning across the lifespan emphasizing major theoretical viewpoints; factors affecting motor development including physiological change, perceptual change, cognitive change, sociocultural practices, and intervention; and instruction and assessment of fundamental motor patterns in a laboratory setting. Includes laboratory experience. Prerequisite: PEP 161 and 209; permission of the coordinator. Open only to health and physical education teacher education majors and coaching minors. 3.000 Credit hours

SPST 200 Approaches to the Study of Sport Foundations course. An interdisciplinary examination of sport in relation to broader historical, philosophical, political, economic, cultural, and social issues and trends. 3.000 Credit hours

SPST 450 Selected Topics in Sports Studies Survey and investigation of a particular topic, problem, issue, or disciplinary methodology in sports studies. A total of 12 hours may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term. 3.000 Credit hours

SPTA 300 Sport Law Explores how the legal system applies to the sport industry and impacts managerial decisions. Topics covered include tort law, risk management, agency law, contract law, employment law, constitutional law, gender equity, intellectual property law, and antitrust law. Students will examine how prior cases impact future decisions. Open only to sport administration majors with full acceptance status. 3.000 Credit hours

For more information, please see our minor in coaching brochure or contact Bill Zenisek.