Coaching Athletics Minor

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The regulations of the Commissioner of Education of the New York State Department of Education require persons who coach an interscholastic athletic team to complete an approved program for coaches prior to or within the first three years of their employment. (Valid First Aid, CPR and child abuse certificates are required for initial employment.)

Brockport's coaching minor, designed for students who are not in the physical education teacher certification program, fulfills this requirement and also provides greater depth in preparation for prospective coaches in schools, sports clubs, community programs, colleges, or other athletic organizations.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student outside the physical education teacher education major can declare this minor.

Program Requirements

The minor consists of 18 credits:

  • PEP351 Coaching Sports
  • PEP350 Scientific Foundations of Coaching
  • PEP3XX Coaching Clinics (3 required)
  • PES3XX Advanced Performance
  • PEP354 Coaching Practicum

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Additional Requirements for New York State Coaching Certification

The minor is designed to meet the academic requirements for coaching certification in the State of New York. Students who wish to seek state certification must meet all the requirements of the State of New York in force at the time of their application for certification.

At the time of publication, these additional requirements are:

  • a state-approved child abuse class/workshop
  • SAVE (Schools Against Violence Education) training
  • DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) training
  • a state-approved and current First Aid (including AED training) and CPR certification

Students should consult the Coaching Coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education for the list of current requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Students will be able to become certified to coach in public schools in New York State.
  2. Students will employ practical athletic coaching skills at a real life sport setting.
  3. Students will be able to understand of the scientific foundations of coaching athletic teams which includes exposure to anatomy, physiology, common athletic injuries and prevention, fitness and conditioning with sport specific training and nutrition.
  4. Students will be able to explain the rules, duties, legal aspects and administrative methods of coaching an athletic team, and the philosophies, methods and strategies involved in coaching.