Coaching is a highly interdisciplinary career field requiring knowledge and skills in a variety of areas including exercise science, kinesiology, biology, and psychology.
You must know how to interact with others, think critically, and problem solve. Passion for athletics must be complemented with an experiential, liberal arts degree.
An experiential learning environment like Brevard College is perfect for aspiring coaches. You'll learn how to think and apply knowledge, plus you will gain valuable communication skills.
Many students combine a coaching minor with a major in Exercise Science.
- Evaluate, solve, and handle ethical issues during class role play. You are given individual roles and act out common ethical situations that would occur in the coaching profession. You learn to think critically, solve the issues ethically, and avoid legal action.
- Interview coaches in the community to explore and evaluate the advantages, disadvantages, and realities of their profession and personal lives.
- Split into groups with your classmates to read and discuss books like, Coaching Mental Excellence, The Art of War, Who Moved My Cheese, and The Smell of Pine.
- Work with and learn from local middle or high school coaches in the sport of your choice.
- Take classes like “Sports Nutrition & Wellness Issues,” “Applied Sport Physiology,” “Biomechanics in Exercise and Sport,” and “Teaching/Coaching Methods.
- Personal training
- Experiential education