An athletic coach is a professional who works with all age groups and all levels of athletic competition, teaching proper sport technique, strategies, character, and good sportsmanship. Using their knowledge of sport nutrition, injury prevention and management, sport psychology, and strength training and conditioning, the coach structures and conducts safe, effective, and fun practices and competitions.
Youth organizations, schools and community programs are in dire need of qualified, energetic, and enthusiastic coaches who are committed to the development of their athletes, including the development of self-esteem and leadership qualities.
To be a head varsity coach in the State of Minnesota, we recommend you complete:
- ESSS 203 Coaching Methods (2 credits)
- ESSS 230 Sport Injury Management I (2 credits)
- ESSS 231 Sport Injury Management II (2 credits)
- Current CPR/First Aid Certification (available through CSB Campus Recreation)
We encourage you to complete additional coaching courses to further enhance your preparation for coaching:
- ESSS 202 Sport Psychology (2 credits) OR ESSS 324 Sport and Exercise Psychology (4 credits)
- ESSS 204 Sport Nutrition (2 credits)
- ESSS 310 Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning (4 credits)
- ESSS 323 Sport in a Diverse Society (4 credits)
- ESSS 390 Sport Ethics (4 credits)
- ESSS 397 Coaching Internship (1-4 credits)