Athletic Coaching

Minor in Athletic Coaching

Career Options

Athletic Coach

This minor is designed to prepare students for certain coaching responsibilities in schools and recreational programs. The curriculum includes an introduction to the organization and administration of athletics as well as practical work in assisting coaches in selected sports. Attention is also given to the prevention and care of the most common injuries occurring in athletic programs. The minor helps to prepare students to begin a career in coaching with a solid base of philosophy, sports specific knowledge, and practical experiences. Students have the opportunity to learn first-hand from seasoned coaches and then move on to apply their knowledge through field experiences and internships with local programs. Students may take courses as electives or as part of the certificate program. For more information about this minor, please contact the Athletic Department at (207) 780-5997 or e-mail Meredith Bickford at mbickford@usm.maine.edu.

Upon completion of the 18 credit minor a certificate will be presented to students. In addition, a notation will be made on the student's transcript indicating proficiency in the area of athletic coaching as determined by the minor.

Required Courses (12 credits)

PHE 203 Athletic Training
PHE 302 Coaching Philosophy and Fundamentals
PHE 314 Organization and Administration of Athletics
PHE 391 Field Experience

Elective Courses (6 credits)

( 3 credits or more from the electives below)

CON 216 Emergency Response OR
REC 218 Wilderness Emergency Response
PHE 303 Coaching Basketball
PHE 309 Coaching Track and Field
PHE 311 Coaching Soccer
PHE 312 Coaching Football
PHE 315 Coaching Field Hockey
PHE 315 Coaching Volleyball
PHE 335 Coaching Baseball and Softball

Additional Elective Courses

BUS 312 Sport Law
PHE 106 NCAA Life Choices
PHE 198 Physiology of Health Fitness
REC 224 Inclusive Leisure Services
SPM 230 Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport