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
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
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.).
What is the curriculum?
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 “C” in all of these courses to complete the minor
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).
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’s admissions requirements?
- A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.
- A change of
major/minor form provided by the dean of your current major.