Athletic Coaching

Program Type
Undergraduate Certificate
Undergraduate Certificate
Mode of Study
In Person

Tuition per credit hour

In-state: $297;
Out-of-state: $875. See details and other costs

Credit hours

18 required credit hours. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours. Browse course list

Program duration

Finish in as little as 1 year. Explore program requirements


Rolling admissions. Begin program in fall, spring, or summer. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Build coaching skills for school and recreational sports, including basketball, track and field, soccer, volleyball, baseball, and softball.
  • Make progress toward a future degree: Apply course credits from your certificate toward a current or future USM bachelor’s degree.
  • Learn from accomplished faculty who are nationally recognized in their fields.
  • Gain real-world experience from seasoned coaches through field experiences and internships specific to your area of expertise.
  • Acquire First Aid and CPR/AED certification from required courses that focus on injury prevention.
Coaches talk to a group of student athletes as they sit on a field.

Program requirements

Gain the knowledge and skills to become an effective coach at any level, regardless of sport. Our curriculum combines an interdisciplinary approach to coaching and athletic management, along with on-the-field practical experience.

Two students walk out of the Costello Sports Complex.

CPR/AED certification

This certificate is an excellent addition for those in sports management, recreation and leisure, or the health sciences. Through one of the program’s required courses, you’ll earn your CPR/AED certification.

A coach describes a strategy to a wrestler using hand gestures.

Nationally-renowned faculty, coaches

Learn first-hand from esteemed faculty and seasoned coaches on how to meet the athletic, academic, and personal needs of athletes, both on and off the field. Then take the opportunity to apply your knowledge through field experiences and internships with local programs.

Next steps

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