Coaching Minor

Athletics hold a prominent position in society and at educational institutions. Participation in recreational or organized sports can influence a person’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. The type of experience athletes have is strongly impacted by the competencies and qualifications of their coaches. Therefore, coaches must be trained to work with athletes within a framework of effective and ethical coaching practices. The Coaching Minor provides students with the knowledge and hands-on experiences to develop an effective coaching style.


The Coaching Minor prepares students to work with athletes at multiple competitive levels, ranging from recreational to collegiate sport. This is ideal for anyone interested in coaching for a school district or for a college. It is also helpful for anyone who intends to work within a recreational or leisure sport environment involving athletics. Specific settings where a Coaching Minor is useful include:

  • Youth Sport
  • Junior/Senior High School Sports
  • College Sports
  • Community Leagues
  • Sport Clubs
  • Sport Camps

Depending on one’s career interests, the Coaching Minor can support a number of different majors. Majors that could benefit directly from completing a Coaching Minor include:

Please note that the Coaching Minor does not prepare students to teach physical education classes.


The Coaching Minor is 18 credits across 6 courses and students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to complete the minor successfully.

The five required courses are:

  • ESC 244: Mechanical Analysis of Sports Skills
  • ESC 325: Sport Psychology
  • ESC 340: Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries
  • ESC 343: Foundations of Exercise Physiology
  • ESC 400: Methods of Coaching

Students must also take one elective course from the following options:

  • ESC 207: Stress Management
  • ESC 213: Organization & Administration in Health, Fitness, and Sports Facilities
  • ESC 387: Theory & Practice of Power & Agility Training
  • SOC 275: Sociology of Sport & Leisure

Note: Exercise Science Majors with a Coaching Minor need to take ESC 325, ESC 400, and two elective courses.

Admission Requirements

The Coaching Minor is open to undergraduate, graduate, and non-matriculating students. Interested students must meet the following criteria to be admitted into the program:

  • GPA of 2.0 or above

Double Minor in Coaching and Exercise Science

Students who also have an interest in Exercise Science may complete an additional 12 credits across 4 courses to earn a second minor. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to complete the minor successfully. For more information about the Exercise Minor, please click here.

The two required courses are:

  • ESC 250: Introduction to Kinesiology
  • ESSC 352: Psychology of Physical Activity

Students must also take two elective courses from the following options:

  • ESC 336: Motor Behavior
  • ESC 348: Group Exercise Techniques & Leadership
  • ESC 350: Nutrition for Sport & Fitness

Coaching Minor and PAGE Certificate

Students who have an interest in strength and conditioning or personal fitness may also benefit from completing the Power, Agility, & Group Exercise (PAGE) Certificate. Students must complete an additional 6 credits across 2 courses with a grade of C or higher.

The two required courses are:

  • ESC 348: Group Exercise Techniques & Leadership
  • ESC 387: Theory & Practice of Power & Agility Training