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Coaching Minor

What is the coaching minor?

Athletics are afforded prominence in the educational process and can have far-reaching effects physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually in the lives of young people. The experience gained from participation in an athletic program is strongly influenced by the qualifications and competencies of the coach. It is important for potential coaches to be trained to work with young adults within a framework of ethical philosophy, practices, and procedures.

The coaching minor prepares coaches to work with athletic teams in youth sports, junior or senior high school sports, or in recreational sports settings. The coaching minor does not prepare teachers to teach physical education classes in a school setting. It does, however, prepare students to coach after school and to be employed by school districts as a coach. Many Shippensburg University students enroll in the coaching minor to supplement their chosen major.

What is the job outlook?

For those who wish to coach in a secondary educational setting, the coaching minor will be particularly advantageous. It will also be helpful for anyone who intends to work within a recreational or leisure sport environment involving children or adults, such as swim clubs, community leagues, etc.

Many coaching jobs are available at the junior/senior high school and college levels. There are also many volunteer opportunities available in all sport areas for children or adults (baseball/softball, gymnastics, football, tennis, basketball, etc.).

What is the curriculum?

The minor involves a total of 18 semester hours, consisting of six required core courses. Required courses include: Human Biology; Physiological Basis of Sport; Mechanical Analysis of Sport Skills; Sport Psychology; Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries; and Methods of Coaching.

Who can take the coaching minor?

The coaching minor is open to undergraduate, graduate, and non-matriculating students. In addition, individual classes can be elected by any non-minor student based upon space availability.

What are the program admissions requirements?

  1. Academic proficiency in college of university course work. Admission is competitive and selective. A 2.5 GPA is required.
  2. Application for the Coaching Minor.
  3. A change of major/minor form provided by the dean of your current major.


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