Coaching Minor

Minor in Coaching


The Coaching minor prepares students for careers in recreational programs and youth sports leagues. You’ll learn how to coach athletes at various age and ability levels, from physical preparation to understanding the emotional, social, and cognitive needs of athletes.

This program is based on the national standards for athletic coaches developed by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

What you'll learn

You'll learn the principles and practices of exercise science, including how to treat and prevent athletic injuries. Depending on your interests, you'll choose from elective courses that cover sport psychology, conditioning, and operating sport facilities. You may also focus on coaching a specific sport, such as basketball, football, baseball, or tennis.

  • HPER-P204 Motor Development
  • HPER-P215 Principles and Practices of Exercise Science
  • HPER-P258 Activities for People with Special Needs
  • HPER-P280 Basic Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • HPER-P435 Philosophical Foundations of Coaching

Choose 6 hours from the following elective courses:

  • HPER-A36x Coaching of a specific sport: Basketball, Football, Baseball, Tennis, etc. - 2
  • HPER-A484 Interscholastic Athletic Administration - 2
  • HPER-P290 Movement Experiences for Preschool and Elementary Children - 3
  • HPER-P331 Planning and Operating of Sport Facilities - 3
  • HPER-P335 Theories of Conditioning for Coaching - 3
  • HPER-P397 Kinesiology - 3 
  • HPER-P405 Introduction to Sport Psychology - 3
  • HPER-P411 Legal Issues in Sport - 3