Do you see yourself helping athletes play to their strengths? Sports upholds an important role in the development of discipline, teamwork, and strong morale in our youth, and coaches lead the way to victories both on and off the playing field. Employment of coaches is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, through 2020.
If you have a passion for sports and a gift for supporting others in honing their skills and achieving their goals, coaching could be a fulfilling activity—or career—for you. Our coaching minor or certificate will equip you with the fundamental training necessary for involvement in youth, high school, or collegiate athletics, as well as recreational or club sports.
Gain Practical Coaching Experience
As part of the coaching minor and certificate curriculum, students have the opportunity to assist with coaching a sporting activity of their choice for 40–60 hours. These mini-internships are available through Michigan Tech athletics, area K-12 schools, and other local sports teams. During your internship, you will learn methods for teaching sports, managing a team, writing plans for practicing and training safely, and interacting with athletes and/or their parents.
Minor in Coaching Fundamentals
Our minor in coaching fundamentals is consistent with the National Association for Sports and Physical Education guidelines. The minor curriculum provides a strong theoretical foundation for the practice of coaching—you will be required to take a scientifically oriented theory of training course, which focuses on the development of safe and effective training plans. This option is designed for students who plan to pursue a head coach position.
A total of 17–18 credits are required for the minor in coaching fundamentals:
Certificate in Coaching
If you wish to pursue an assistant coach position, or you’d like an introduction to the art of coaching, our certificate is a great option. You’ll learn the fundamentals of coaching, including the basics of writing training plans, but you may need additional hands-on experience if you decide the head coach station is right for you.
A total of 12–13 credits are required for the certificate in coaching: