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Athletic Coaching

 

For those who...

  • enjoy sports

  • like working with people

  • believe in the values of athletic participation

  • are not afraid of hard work and commitment, and

  • would like to exert a positive influence on the lives of others.



What is the Athletic Coaching Program?

The Need for Formal Training of Athletic Coaches

Participation in a sport at any level can be a richly rewarding experience for athletes. The variety of opportunities is continually expanding for both men and women through Little League programs, youth sports, interscholastic athletics, and community recreation programs.

A well-qualified coach, who understands the many facets of his or her role, is the single most important aspect of a successful program. A properly trained coach can provide the setting in which all athletes receive maximum benefits from their participation.

The Clarion University Coaching Program is designed to give students the necessary information and experience to coach at many Levels.

 

Athletic Coaching Verification Program and National Certification Level III (Minor)

The athletic coaching verification program and the coaching minor are specialized curricula established for individuals who intend to coach in interschool programs, youth sport or community recreation programs. This area of study is not a degree program in physical education, but rather a specialized curriculum designed to provide those interested in coaching with a fundamental, educationally sound basis from which to pursue their goals.

The minimum requirements for the Athletic Coaching Program (Verification) is 13 credits, and 18 credits are required for successful completion of the nationally-accredited National Certification Level III Program (Minor).

 

Why Choose Clarion University?

Clarion has long been recognized for its outstanding accomplishments in the field of athletics. As a student at Clarion you will have a chance to interact with coaches who are recognized in their sports at the state, regional, and national levels. You can complete the Athletic Coaching Program as a supplement to your choice of an academic major in any field.


Career Opportunities and University Placement

Qualified, dedicated, and enthusiastic coaches are always in demand. Coaching may be a full-time or part-time job,or an avocation. Coaching careers may be found both in school and in non-school settings. Files on each student who complete degree requirements in the Coaching Program are maintained in the Athletic Training, Sports, and Wellness Department to aid in job placement.

 

Athletic Training, Sports, and Wellness Faculty

All of the faculty members in this program are now or have been coaches at some point in their careers. Their collective coaching credentials offer the student an immense reservoir of knowledge and experience from which to draw.

 

Course Listing

Required Courses for Athletic Coaching Verification (13 credits):

  • ATSW 406: Athletic Injuries: Prevention, Recognition and Evaluation (4 crs.)

  • ATSW 407: Physiological Foundations of Coaching (3 crs.)

  • ATSW 408: Principles & Problems of Coaching (3 crs.)

  • ATSW 409: Kinesilogical Foundations of Coaching (3 crs.)

 

Requirements for National Certification in Athletic Coaching Level III – Minor (18 Credits)

Must include the courses listed above for the Athletic Coaching Verification plus the following:

  • ONE of the following Theory and Techniques courses: (2 crs.)

    • ATSW 350: Theory & Techniques of Coaching

    • ATSW 351: Theory & Techniques of Coaching Basketball

    • ATSW 352: Theory & Techniques of Coaching Baseball/Softball

    • ATSW 354: Theory & Techniques of Coaching Football

  • AND

    • CO-OP 444: Athletic Coaching Internship (3 crs.)


Schedule of Course Offerings

  • Required Core Courses:

    • ATSW 406: Athletic Injuries FALL - Annually (4 crs.)

    • ATSW 407: Physiological Found. of Coaching SPRING - Annually (3 crs.)

    • ATSW 408: Principles & Problems of Coaching FALL - Annually (3 crs.)

    • ATSW 409: Kinesiological Found. of Coaching SPRING - Annually (3 crs.)

  • Required Theory and Techniques of Coaching Courses (choose one):

    • ATSW 350: Theory and Techniques of Coaching
      FALL - Annually (2 crs.)

    • ATSW 351: Theory and Techniques of Coaching Basketball 
      FALL - Even Years (2 crs.)

    • ATSW 354: Theory & Techniques of Coaching Football
      FALL - Odd Years (2 crs.)

    • ATSW 352: Theory & Techniques of Coaching
      FALL - Baseball/Softball Odd Years (2 crs.)

  • AND

    • CO-OP 444: Athletic Coaching Internship AS NEEDED (3 crs.)


Brief Course Descriptions

ATSW 406: Athletic Injuries: Prevention, Recognition, and Evaluation
Presents the latest information on prevention, recognition, and evaluation of athletic injuries. Students learn to coordinate appropriate emergency care as well as establish a professional working relationship with the qualified medical personnel who assist an injured athlete’s recovery. Students earn an American Red Cross AED/CPR certification upon successful completion of the course.

ATSW 407: Physiological Foundations of Coaching
Study of the basic scientific principles of physiology and how they can be applied to conditioning programs for the athlete. Covers all phases of physical training, along with evaluation of modern training devices.

ATSW 408: Principals & Problems of Athletic Coaching
A study of modern techniques and practices used in the coaching and administration of athletic programs. Covers major problem areas such as practice and game organization, purchase of equipment, budget and finances, ethics, public relations, legal liability, drug abuse, and sports psychology. Analyzes modern trends and issues in athletics as well as an examination of common philosophical views of athletics as a part of the educational curriculum.

ATSW 409: Kinesiological Foundations of Coaching
Helps coaches increase their understanding of basic scientific information concerning athletic movement by utilizing the conceptual approach. Examines three main areas of study: applied anatomy, the production of motion, and application of force. Applies scientific principles to athletic skills to aid in the coaching and teaching of skills.

ATSW 350: Theory & Techniques of Coaching
ATSW 351: Theory & Techniques of Coaching Basketball
ATSW 352: Theory & Techniques of Coaching Baseball/Softball
ATSW 354 Theory & Techniques of Coaching Football

Examines theories and techniques of coaching specific sports. Covers rules and regulations, fundamentals, organizational principles, specific conditioning programs, scouting, technical tactics and other topics.

CO-OP 444: Athletic Coaching Internship
Provides athletic coaching field experience in a sport of the student’s choice.

Liberal Studies, B.S.
Concentration in Athletic Coaching (72 credits)

Required Courses for Liberal Studies, B.S. Concentration in Athletic Coaching
(72 credits):

Required: ATSW 333, 334, 406, 407, 408, 409, 440, COOP 444. Choose one of the following: ATSW 350, 351, 352, or 354.  A minimum of 39 credits must be at the 300-level or above. Students enrolled in this concentration are not eligible to receive the Atheltic Coaching Minor or Verification.  

 

Master of Education, M.Ed.  
Concentration in Sports Management (13 credits)

Required Courses for Master of Education, M.Ed. Concentration in Athletic Coaching (13 credits):

Required: ATSW 506, 507, 508, 509.  Graduate students form Clarion University who completed any aspect of the undergraduate Coaching Education Program must recieve prior approval for any neccessary course substitutions before enrolling in the graduate program to ensure degree requirements are satisfactorily completed.  A comprehensive exam or project is required.