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.

Careers

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.

Coursework (Fall 2019+)

The Coaching Minor is 19 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 220: Fundamentals of Coaching
  • ESC 244: Movement Science & Skill Analysis
  • ESC 325: Sport Psychology (Prerequisite: PSY 101)
  • ESC 340: Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (Prerequisites: ESC 150/220 and BIO 150/238/350)
  • ESC 343: Foundations of Exercise Physiology (Prerequisites: ESC 150/220 and BIO 150/238/350)

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

  • ESC 213: Organization & Administration for Fitness & Sport Facilities
  • ESC 260: Principles of Nutrition
  • ESC 387: Theory & Practice of Power & Agility Training (Prerequisite: ESC 343)
  • ESC 445: Coaching Internship (Prerequisites: ESC 220, 244, 325, 340, and 343)
  • HCS 225: Communication and Sport
  • SOC 275: Sociology of Sport & Leisure

Note: Exercise Science Majors with a Coaching Minor need to take ESC 220, ESC 325, and one elective course.

Coursework (Before Fall 2019)

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: Movement Science & Skill Analysis
  • 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

Admission Requirements

The Coaching Minor is open to undergraduate students. Interested students must meet the following criteria to be admitted into the program:

  • GPA of 2.00 or above

It is strongly recommended that students complete BIO 150 as one of their Natural World & Technology General Education courses because it is a prerequisite for ESC 340 and ESC 343, both of which are required for the minor.

Additionally, it is strongly recommended that students complete PSY 101 as one of their Interconnections General Education courses because it is a prerequisite for ESC 325, which is required for the minor.

While these are not requirements for declaring the minor, they are necessary to progress through it.

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 one required course is:

  • ESC 150: Introduction to Exercise Science

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

  • ESC 260: Principles of Nutrition
  • ESC 278: Medical Terminology
  • ESC 336: Motor Behavior
  • ESC 348: Group Exercise Techniques & Leadership
  • ESC 350: Nutrition for Sport & Fitness
  • ESC 352: Psychology of Physical Activity
  • ESC 375: Exercise Testing & Programming
  • ESC 425: Exercise Metabolism & Weight Control

The following courses count towards both the Coaching and Exercise Science Minors:

  • ESC 244: Movement Science & Skill Analysis
  • ESC 343: Foundations of Exercise Physiology

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