Certificate in Athletic Coaching
Certification in Athletic Coaching
All students pursuing a Certificate in Athletic Coaching must complete the following 15 semester credit hours:
KIN 1101 Team Sports (repeated for a total of 3 semester credit hours)
KIN 3013 Theory of Coaching
KIN 3213 First Aid and Injury Management
KIN 4413 Coaching Athletics (repeated for a total of 6 semester credit hours)
KIN 4943 Practicum in Kinesiology
Note: The Coaching Athletics class is taken twice for a total of 6 hours. If a student earns CPR certification through this class, he or she will have completed 18 hours of coursework for the certificate.
Rotation of Classes
KIN 4413 Coaching Athletics: Volleyball
KIN 1101 Team Sports: Volleyball
KIN 4413 Coaching Athletics: Football
KIN 1101 Team Sports: Football
KIN 1001 Indiv. Physical Activity: Track and Field
KIN 3113 Theory of Coaching
KIN 4413 Coaching Athletics: Basketball
KIN 1101 Team Sports: Basketball
KIN 4413 Coaching Athletics: Softball/Baseball
KIN 1101 Team Sports: Softball/Baseball
Contacts for Specialty Areas
Wally Schoessow: Football, Basketball
Mary Gentry: Softball
Bridget Cobb: Track and Field, Coaching Practicum - Supervisor
Dave Hawk: Volleyball
The UTSA certificate in athletic coaching prepares students for entry level careers in the coaching profession. The certificate curriculum is designed to begin meeting recognized national coaching education standards established by National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the National Council for Accreditation for Coaching Education (NCACE). Students will gain valuable practical experience in the fundamental skills and drills for selected sports, important scientific principles of sport performance, the theories and philosophies of coaching, and the essential strategies for successful team development. The practicum is the culminating experience in this program where the students will apply their coaching skills under the supervision of a current professional.
This program offers a series of courses that is designed to prepare undergraduate or graduate students with training in:
- the philosophy and ethics of coaching
- safety and injury prevention
- physical, social and emotional growth and development
- strategies for teaching and communication
- basic knowledge of sport skill and tactics
- operation and management of a sport program
- assessment and evaluation skills.
Benefit to Students
This certificate is designed to introduce students to the basic skills needed to enter the coaching profession. These skills are practical and are not typically included within other university coursework. Administrators and Coaches will benefit from this certificate by gaining knowledge and confidence in their ability to handle the many different aspects of coaching in a competent and professional manner. This certificate will also let potential employers know that the student has received specialized training in coaching and this will set the student apart from his/her peers.
An email message from a former student:
I was recently hired at Wimberley ISD as a Special Ed aide/Coach. I brought my portfolio to the interview with the Principal, Special Ed department head, and the AD. My portfolio had a small sample of my playbook, some teaching evaluations and a couple of letter of recommendations. I left the High School feeling a little uncertain about the interview however; just 4 hrs later the principal called me and offered me the job. He then told me that he, the Special Ed department head, and the AD were all very impressed with my portfolio, especially my philosophy on coaching which was in the playbook. So I truly feel that playbook played a key role in helping me get this job. Even though it was not a football position the AD was still impressed. Although they did not say so, they made it seem as though I had more to offer than all the other candidates because of all the things I had in my portfolio. So my advice to you is to take the playbook assignment seriously, along with the other coaching class, because they WILL help.