Ask Joe   
A photo of a coach and a team of football players
Coaching (SOC CODE: 27-2022.00)

Job Description Overview

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.

Related Careers

  • Coaches and Scouts
  • Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
  • Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
  • Health Educators
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Human Resources Specialists
  • Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
  • Credit Counselors

Sample Job Duties

  • Monitor the academic eligibility of student athletes.
  • Provide training direction, encouragement, motivation, and nutritional advice to prepare athletes for games, competitive events, or tours.
  • Plan, organize, and conduct practice sessions.
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations.
  • Plan and direct physical conditioning programs that will enable athletes to achieve maximum performance.
  • Instruct individuals or groups in sports rules, game strategies, and performance principles, such as specific ways of moving the body, hands, or feet, to achieve desired results.
  • Teach instructional courses and advise students.
  • Evaluate athletes' skills and review performance records to determine their fitness and potential in a particular area of athletics.
  • Monitor athletes' use of equipment to ensure safe and proper use.
  • Identify and recruit potential athletes by sending recruitment letters, meeting with recruits, and arranging and offering incentives, such as athletic scholarships.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Coaching Certificate

      Certificate E0804
      This certificate program is intended to prepare students for employment as high school (walk-on) coaches, but is appropriate for coaches at various levels.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      KIN 13Sports Officiating3
      KIN 34Fitness for Living3
      KIN 44Theory of Coaching3
      KIN 81Work Experience for Coaching2
      Total Units11

      Exit Requirement: First Aid and CPR Certification
      Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance Website 

    • Kinesiology & Wellness Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts & Sciences

      Degree A8986
      An emphasis in Kinesiology and Wellness provides the student with an understanding of kinesiology, health promotion, and the mechanics of human bodily movement. In addition to the foundational physical education and movement courses, students select courses from a scientific and nutrition and behavioral development and diversity cluster.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Cluster 1: Kinesiology, Movement, and Health Promotion
      Choose a minimum of 6 units from the following:6
      DN-T 18
      Introduction to Dance
      DN-T 20
      History and Appreciation of Dance
      KIN 3
      First Aid and CPR
      or KIN 5
      Advanced First Aid/CPR/Emergency Response
      KIN 13
      Sports Officiating
      KIN 17
      Introduction to Kinesiology
      KIN 19
      Introduction to Care/Prevention of Activity/Sports -Related Injuries
      KIN 34
      Fitness for Living
      KIN 39
      Techniques of Fitness Testing
      KIN 44
      Theory of Coaching
      Cluster 2: Scientific and Nutrition Background
      Choose a minimum of 3 units from the following:3
      ANAT 10A
      Introductory Human Anatomy
      or ANAT 35
      Human Anatomy
      ANAT 10B
      Introductory Human Physiology
      or ANAT 36
      Human Physiology
      ANAT 35
      Human Anatomy
      ANAT 36
      Human Physiology
      BIOL 1
      General Biology
      BIOL 4
      Biology for Majors
      or BIOL 4H
      Biology for Majors - Honors
      BIOL 5
      Contemporary Health Issues
      BIOL 13
      Human Reproduction, Development and Aging
      CHEM 10
      Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
      CHEM 40
      Introduction to General Chemistry
      CHEM 50
      General Chemistry I
      or CHEM 50H
      General Chemistry I - Honors
      MICR 1
      Principles of Microbiology
      MICR 22
      NF 10
      Nutrition for Health and Wellness
      or NF 12
      Sports Nutrition
      NF 25
      Introduction to Nutrition Science
      or NF 25H
      Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
      PHYS 1
      PHYS 2AG
      General Physics
      PSYC 1B
      Biological Psychology
      Cluster 3: Behavioral Development and Diversity
      Choose a minimum of 3 units from the following:3
      ANTH 5
      Cultural Anthropology
      CHLD 1
      Child, Family, School and Community
      CHLD 10
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development
      or CHLD 10H
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development - Honors
      CHLD 11
      Child and Adolescent Development
      COUN 2
      College Success Strategies
      COUN 5
      Career and Life Planning
      PSYC 1A
      Introduction to Psychology
      or PSYC 1AH
      Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      PSYC 3
      Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
      PSYC 14
      Developmental Psychology
      PSYC 15
      Introduction to Child Psychology
      PSYC 17
      Introduction to Human Services
      PSYC 26
      Psychology of Sexuality
      PSYC 33
      Psychology for Effective Living
      SOC 1
      Introduction to Sociology
      or SOC 1H
      Introduction to Sociology - Honors
      SOC 2
      Contemporary Social Problems
      or SOC 2H
      Contemporary Social Problems - Honors
      SOC 15
      Child Development
      SOC 20
      Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
      or SOC 20H
      Introduction to Race and Ethnicity - Honors
      Required Electives
      Activity Courses
      Choose a minimum of two courses from the following: (these units count towards the 18 required for the degree 1 - 5.5 units)
      DNCE 1
      Ballet Fundamentals
      DNCE 10
      Modern Fundamentals
      DNCE 17
      Jazz Fundamentals
      DNCE 28
      Theater Dance I
      DNCE 41
      Pilates I
      KINA 8A
      Swimming - Beginning
      KINF 10A
      Weight Training - Beginning
      KINF 34A
      Cardiorespiratory Training Beginning
      KINF 36A
      Circuit Training Beginning
      KINF 38A
      KINI 4A
      Badminton - Beginning
      KINI 18A
      Golf - Beginning
      KINI 29
      Self Defense and Martial Arts
      KINI 33A
      Kickboxing Beginning
      KINI 50A
      KINS 2A
      Basketball Beginning
      KINS 10A
      Beginning Soccer
      KINS 24A
      Volleyball - Beginning
      KINX 88
      Pre-Season Athletics
      KINX 99
      Off-Season Athletics
      KINL 2
      Physical Fitness for the Physically Limited
      KINL 18
      Weight Training for the Physically Limited
      Must complete at least 18 units from clusters 1 – 3 including activity courses.
      For Area of Emphasis
      Total Units 18

      Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance Website 

    Explore Your Interests
    Graphic for Holland Personality Test

    Take the O*Net Interest Profiler today and identify careers that you may wish to explore.

    Meet with a counselor to learn more about the additional requirements needed to earn this associate degree.

    Start Now

    Take The Next Step