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Coaching Education

An athletic coach is a professional who can work with all age groups and all levels of athletes. Coaches need to understand basic sport nutrition, emergency care, sport psychology, physical development, effective strength and training techniques. Coaches also need to be good instructors, teaching athletes about proper sport technique, strategies, character and good sportsmanship. Coaches need to be organized and understand their legal responsibilities for providing a quality program for each athlete. A coach needs to develop leadership in his/her athletes as well as promote self-esteem by running a program that is fun, focuses on proper physical and mental development and is successful. Youth organizations, schools and community programs are in dire need of qualified, energetic and enthusiastic coaches.

To be eligible to coach in the State of MN, we recommend you complete:

  • ESSS 203 Coaching Methods (2 credits)
  • ESSS 230 Sport Injury Managment I  (2 credits)
  • ESSS 231 Sport Injury Management II (2 credits) 
  • Current CPR/First Aid certification (available through CSB Campus Recreation)
  • Concussion training (on-line through MSHSL)

We encourage you to complete the other coaching courses to strengthen your resume to secure a coaching position.

  • ESSS 202 (2 credits) Sport Psychology
  • ESSS 204 (2 credits) Sport Nutrition
  • ESSS 205 (2 credits) Sport Administration
  • ESSS 310 (4 credits) Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning
  • ESSS 397 (1-4 credits) Coaching Practicum/Internship

Interesting in receiving a coaching certificate? Both of these organizations offer on-line coaching certification: