This certificate program focuses on enhancing the leadership skills of coach and athlete. Courses emphasize topics that foster successful coaching strategies at any level. This specialization is designed for those interested in athletic coaching while offering professional development for existing coaches through an exploration of relevant topics. The curriculum develops a working knowledge of the skills needed to coach successfully and to facilitate a transfer to a four-year college or university program. This program is financial aid-eligible. 

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course
CourseTitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
ENGL 120C/COMM 120CCommunication303
HLTH 150CIntroduction to Personal Wellness111
PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues303
    7
Spring Semester
BIOL 129CIntroduction to Sports Nutrition303
HLTH 120CCare and Prevention of Athletic Injuries324
HLTH 125CCoaching Principles I303
    10
Total Credits17
  1. Students will communicate effectively.
    • Students will employ vocabulary pertinent to health science.
    • Students will complete research and analyze popular ergogenic aids.
  2. Students will use critical thinking.
    • Students will apply the scientific method.
    • Students will evaluate dietary intakes and physical activity throughout the human lifespan.
  3. Students will demonstrate the application of scientific technology.
    • Students will practice lab safety procedures.
    • Students will utilize current technology to collect, analyze, and present data.
  4. Students will express quantitative and qualitative scientific knowledge.
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
    • Students will compare human health and disease states.

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Graduates can enter into the following professions (not an inclusive list):

  • Fitness specialist with coaching skills
  • College coach
  • Recreational team coach
  • Youth sports coach

  • Adjunct Professor

    Thomas Bruno

    Coaching | Health Sciences
    Adjunct Professor
  • Athletic Director/Adjunct Professor

    Paul Hogan

    Athletic Director | Athletics | Coaching | Natural Sciences | Sports Management
    Athletic Director/Adjunct Professor
    Wellness Center
  • Department Chair

    Amy Liptak

    Biology | Environmental Sciences | Health Sciences | Medical Coding | Natural Sciences | Sustainable Agriculture
    Department Chair
    MacRury 209
  • Professor

    Craig Meservey, MS

    Coaching | Health Sciences
    Professor
    MacRury 211C

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