Why Study Coaching?
Interested in coaching? UW-River Falls offers a minor in coaching for students interested in coaching a variety of sports at all levels. The program provides a foundation of science-based courses, coaching theory courses and hands-on experience via a coaching practicum, all combining to prepare you for a coaching position at any level.
Skills and Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge of sport rules and regulations, training and practice methods and coaching theories, strategies and techniques.
- Understand the scientific method and key scientific concepts as they related to exercise physiology, anatomy, conditioning, injuries and more.
- Coach athletes at a variety of skill levels to perform at optimal levels.
- Hone broadly applicable lifetime skills including leadership, judgement, facilitation, decision-making and interpersonal communication skills.
Types of Courses
- Applied Anatomy and Exercise Physiology
- Care and Prevention of Athletic Injury
- Coaching Practicum
- Coaching Theory (Baseball/Softball, Football, Track, Ice Hockey, Volleyball, Track, Basketball)
- Coaching Young Athletes
- Motor Learning and Development
- Psychology of Coaching
- Scientific Principles of Conditioning
- Weight Training
"I chose to minor in coaching and have been working as a student coach for the football program alongside my classes because I want to coach after graduation. Through my classes and my hands-on experience, I've learned how to organize practices, handle certain situations and understand how much work goes on, even in the off season. I have thoroughly enjoyed my minor classes because they translate so well to working as a coach with the team."
- Carson Madigan, exercise and sport science major, coaching minor
A minor in coaching is an excellent complement to many majors, especially education or exercise and sport science majors. Depending on your interests and major, you may find work in a variety of roles, including:
- Coach (Youth, Secondary, Collegiate, Amateur, Professional)
- Recreation/Athletic Administration/Management
- Sport Official