Coaching Minor

Athletics are given 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.

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.


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 (e.g., baseball/softball, gymnastics, football, tennis, basketball, etc.).


The Coaching Minor is a total of 18 semester hours (5 required courses, 1 elective course), in addition to any prerequisite courses. Students must earn a minimum grade of ā€œCā€ in all of these courses to complete the minor successfully.

The five required courses are: Physiological Basis of Sport (ESC 243), Mechanical Analysis of Sport Skills (ESC 244), Sport Psychology (ESC 325), Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (ESC 340), and Methods of Coaching (ESC 400).

Additionally, students must choose one of the following courses: Lifestyle Management (ESC 200), Stress Management (ESC 207), Organization & Administration in Health, Fitness, and Sports Facilities (ESC 213), or Sociology of Sport & Leisure (SOC 275).

Admissions Requirements

  1. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.
  2. A change of major/minor form provided by the dean of your current major.