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Coaching Minor

Format: In person at the Statesboro or Armstrong Campus
Credit Hours: 15

Get ready to be a leader in coaching. With the coaching minor you’ll learn to be a positive and winning influence on your athletes at the recreational, travel, middle school, high school, collegiate and professional level. 

Are you looking to break into coaching? Maybe you need certification. Or are you ready to take your coaching career to the next level? Get ready because Georgia Southern has been preparing coaches of all sports and levels for years. The coaching minor prepares you for the psychological, physiological and managerial principles you need to win — and win again.

We are a US Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) and NCACE Accredited Program (National committee for the accreditation of coaching education). Our program is accredited for quality coach education practices.

The ONLY National Committee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) accredited coaching program in the entire University System of Georgia, and the second university in the United States to be nationally accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate level. 

Who is the Coaching Degree Minor Typical Student?

Many types of students elect the coaching minor to complement their coursework. Often, we see students who major in psychology, education, business, sociology, psychology, exercise science, health science, kinesiology, human performance, and interdisciplinary studies.

Coaching Certifications and Licenses We Prepare You For:

  • GHSA Community Coach Certification
  • Five National Federation of State High School Associations certificates
  • Seven Human Kinetics Coach Education certificates

Coaching Minor Curriculum

Core Courses

  • Principles of Coaching: Introduces the student to the sport science principles of coaching. Topics include philosophy, psychology, pedagogy, physiology, management, first aid and injury prevention. Successful completion of the course leads to certification by the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Education Program.
  • Psychology of Coaching: Provides the prospective coach with the science and practice of various sport psychology principles as applied to coaching and athletic performance.
  • Sport Conditioning Laboratory: Prepares students to undertake responsibilities in the areas of coaching, fitness programming and or related areas.
  • Coaching Practicum #3: Provides the student with supervised coaching experience in a sport.

Choose Two Elective Courses

  • Technology in Sport: This course is designed to introduce coaching behavior students to existing technologies in sport and how those technologies can enhance sport performance.
  • Coaching Baseball and Softball*: Provides the prospective coach with the knowledge and understanding of basic skills, fundamentals, techniques, team organization, team strategy and conditioning in baseball and softball.
  • Coaching Basketball*: Provides the prospective coach with the knowledge and understanding of basic skills, fundamentals, techniques, team organization, team strategy and conditioning in basketball.
  • Coaching Football*: Provides the prospective coach with the knowledge and understanding of basic skills, fundamentals, techniques, team organization, team strategy, and conditioning in football.
  • Coaching Olympic Sports: Provides the prospective coach with the knowledge and understanding of basic skills, fundamentals, techniques, team organization, team strategy, and conditioning in three of the following sports: golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball and other Olympic sports.
  • Principles of Officiating: Provides the prospective coach with the knowledge and understanding of principles and basic techniques of officiating selective sports.

    * 2 of the 4 elective hours must be either KINS 3427 Coaching Basketball, KINS 3428 Coaching Football or KINS 3426 Coaching Baseball and Softball

Program Testimonials

“The Coaching Education minor is honestly one of the most rewarding programs Georgia Southern has to offer. Not only did I receive hands-on experience, but this minor led me to coach my own basketball team.”

– Patrice Butler, Class of 2017

“The classes are so fun and engaging that you’ll never think of it as going to class. Also, not only will this program prepare you for your on-field duties as a coach, but it will also prepare you for your off-field duties, such as molding your coaching philosophy, creating a mission and vision statement for your program, and the professors are extremely dedicated to ensuring your success in this profession. In fact, I was able to land a varsity coaching job right after graduation.”

– Taylor Dollar, Class of 2019

“These classes helped me in so many ways and a lot more than just X’s and O’s. I learned new ideas about philosophies, practice planning, and most importantly, relationship building.”

– Matt Dobson, Class of 2015

Have Questions? Contact Us

Armstrong Campus:
Dr. Tony Parish
aparish@georgiasouthern.edu

Statesboro Campus:
Dr. Drew Zwald
dzwald@georgiasouthern.edu

How Do I Declare the Coaching Minor?

Students can declare a coaching minor by going into My.GeorgiaSouthern.edu and clicking on the change major/minor link. Students will work with their current major advisor to be advised for their minor. Students should be sure to take the courses listed in the minor as found in the University Catalog.

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Professional License Disclosure

The Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology anticipates that some graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or certifications:  GHSA Community Coach Certification, NFHS Coaching Certificates (NFHS Coaching Football, Concussion in Sports, Heat Illness Prevention, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, COVID-19 for Coaches and Administration), and Human Kinetics Certificates (Coaching Principles, Sport First Aid, Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills, Coaching Strength and Conditioning Principles, Coaching Volleyball Principles, Officiating Principles, Coaching Youth Tennis, and Coaching Track and Field Principles) 

The Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology has determined that the required class KINS 3430 will qualify a graduate of this program to apply for a GHSA Community Coach Certification in the state of Georgia.

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the certification requirements of all states and territories:

Last updated: 6/16/2021