The minor in sport coaching program at Shawnee State University is designed to prepare students for coaching positions at the high school and college levels. The program provides students with a foundation in sport coaching, as well as a background in the legal, ethical, psychological, medical, and administrative aspects of the coaching profession.
As Shawnee State does not offer a major in physical education, students desiring to coach at the high school level are advised to major in teacher education and pursue state licensure in a content area within secondary education.
Those students wishing to pursue a career in coaching at the college level are encouraged to consult with the coordinator of sports studies regarding appropriate undergraduate majors. Such students should also plan to attend graduate school.
All students enrolled in the minor in sport coaching complete a practicum experience under the direction of either a Shawnee State or local high school head coach in the sport of the student’s choice. Students may indicate a preference for a given practicum site; however, the assignment will ultimately be made by the practicum director.
The length of each practicum experience corresponds to the length of the sport season. Students are advised that some sport seasons may involve work in more than one academic term during the year. Students must provide their own transportation to practicum sites.