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Coaching Education

An athletic coach is a professional who works with all age groups and all levels of athletes, teaching proper sport technique, strategies, character, and good sportsmanship. Using his/her knowledge of basic sport nutrition, emergency care, sport psychology, physical development, and effective strength and training techniques, 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 eligible to coach in the State of MN, 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)

•     Concussion Training (on-line through MSHSL)


We encourage you to complete additional coaching courses to further enhance your preparation for coaching.

•     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

•     At least one Theory of Coaching course


The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) offers an online course that will allow you to become eligible to be hired as a Head Coach in Minnesota: