This minor is designed to prepare future coaches to be successful in a variety of settings. The coaching minor will provide the fundamental knowledge essential for coaching sports.
This includes not only skills and strategies of specific game play, but the physiological, and psychological as well. This minor will also provide individuals the training to develop in the areas of philosophy, physical training, communication, motivation, and administrative aspects of coaching.
The coaching minor will focus on developing future coaches in areas such as:

  • Middle school and High school athletics
  • Interscholastic and Intercollegiate athletics
  • Recreation and Club Sport
  • Athletic Administration and Management
  • Fitness and Personal Training

  • Overview

    The coaching minor has the ability to appeal to other majors who would like to expand their study to areas involving coaching. A minor in Coaching would allow students in other fields of study access to coursework to supplement their major studies and provide instruction not currently available in their home programs.

    Compatible Majors

    Efforts will be made to specifically market a Coaching Minor to certain students majoring in related disciplines. Considering coaching can be either full time or supplementary work, listed below are some compatible majors offered at UWG that would pair well with a Coaching Minor:

    • Accounting
    • Biology
    • Business Administration
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Health and Community Wellness
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Mass Communications
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Psychology
    • Social and Behavioral Health
    • Sociology
    • Sport Management

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required:

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    Elective Coursework

    Choose 2: 6 hours

    • CMWL-3210 - Healthy Eating and Nutrition

      This undergraduate course provides healthy eating and nutrition principles for fitness and wellness professionals. The course helps students understand the role of nutrition in improving health and applying these ideas to establish healthy SMART goals and eating plans. A review of current eating habits and patterns using nationally recommended dietary guidelines and nutritional assessment tools will be covered. Course topics include the relationship between nutrition and various diseases, use of dietary supplementation, and nutrition for improved sport and fitness performance.

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    • PHED-4603 - Advanced Concepts of Personal Training

      This class focuses on the physiological responses and adaptations of the human body during exercise. In depth analysis of the responses of the respiratory and circulatory systems will be a major focus. Laboratory activities include data collection and analysis of a variety of physiological processes.

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    • PHED-4631 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

      This undergraduate course is an introduction to prevention, recognition, and care management techniques for acute and chronic fitness and sport-related injuries. Topics include environmental-related illnesses, musculoskeletal injuries, and psychological factors (stress, anxiety, self-esteem, depression, mood) that impact the prevention and care of fitness and sport-related injuries.

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    • PHED-4633 - Coaching Practicum

      The coaching practicum is designed to provide the student with an in-the-field coaching experience in which the student can, in a supervised situation, develop, test, and modify her/his coaching knowledge, skills and attitudes. The primary objective is to provide the student with a realistic coaching experience at a level and in a setting similar to that in which employment may be obtained. May be repeated for credit in a different coaching experience.

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    • PHED-4640 - Coaching the Mental Side of Sport

      Introduction of psycho-social aspects of coaching, working with athletes, and performance. Principles including arousal; visualization; self-talk; team-building; the connection between needs, thinking, and performances; motivation; and analysis of the mental processes before, during, and after performances will be presented, discussed, and explored in fictitious or real life scenarios.

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    Major Required

    Required Coursework: 10-11 hours

    • PHED-2100 - Introduction to Sports, Coaching, Fitness, and Recreation

      The sports, coaching, fitness, and recreational fields of study continue providing numerous personal and career opportunities for individuals interested in physical activity, health, and sport-related work. This course provides a historical, philosophical, and practical approach to sport in modern society. The course includes various movement opportunities exploring team and individual sports, outdoor recreation, and other physical activities. Participants will gain hands-on experience working with a variety of different sports-related equipment, strategies, and learning opportunities. In addition, participants will develop skills and strategies for engaging in physical activity opportunities with others, potentially leading to increased levels of character development, and emotional and social learning and growth.

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    • PHED-2628 - First Aid and CPR for Education Majors

      For Education majors only. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to respond in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until professional medical help arrives. Specific school based situations relating to child injuries and emergencies will be addressed. Certification in CPR and First Aid is awarded upon successful completion of the course. Students must make a grade of C or better in order to use the course in Area F.

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    • PHED-4630 - Foundations and Principles of Coaching

      Topics include individual differences in athletics, motivational and psychological dimensions of athletes, sport as a social phenomenon, factors affecting performance, physiological principles, coaching philosophy and styles, ethics in coaching, and working with parent, booster, and community groups.

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    Major Selects

    2-3 of the following courses:

    • PHED-3500 - Educational Games, Gymnastics, and Dance

      This course focuses on the development stages of selected motor patterns fundamental to educational games, gymnastics, and dance. Students develop and practice the skill theme approach to teaching fundamental movement patterns to elementary and middle school students. Students also develop observation and analysis skills for diagnosing children's motor patterns.

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    • PHED-3501 - Skills and Strategies in Strength and Conditioning

      This course increases students' knowledge, skills and strategies related to strength and conditioning including weight training, cardiovascular endurance, health-related fitness, performance-related fitness, and flexibility. Focus is on skill development in order to provide K-12 students with accurate information, demonstrations and performance analysis.

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    • PHED-3502 - Skills and Strategies in Target and Outdoor Activities

      This course increases students' knowledge, skills and strategies in target and outdoor activities including golf, track and field, orienteering and softball. Focus is on skill development in order to provide K-12 students with accurate information, demonstrations and performance analysis.

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    • PHED-3503 - Skills and Strategies in Net and Wall Games

      This course increases students' knowledge, skills and strategies in net and wall games including badminton, pickle ball, tennis and volleyball. Focus is on skill development in order to provide K-12 students with accurate information, demonstrations and performance analysis.

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    • PHED-3504 - Skills and Strategies in Invasion Games

      This course increases students' knowledge, skills and strategies in invasion games including basketball, flag football, soccer, team handball and ultimate Frisbee. Focus is on skill development in order to provide K-12 students with accurate information, demonstrations and performance analysis.

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    • PHED-3630 - Coaching Methods: Baseball and Softball

      Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching baseball and softball. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic offensive and defensive strategies.

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    • PHED-3631 - Coaching Basketball

      Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching the sport of basketball. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic offensive and defensive strategies.

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    • PHED-3632 - Coaching Football

      Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching football. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic offensive and defensive strategies.

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    • PHED-3633 - Coaching Methods: Soccer

      Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching soccer. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic offensive and defensive strategies.

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    • PHED-3634 - Coaching Methods: Volleyball

      Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching volleyball. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic offensive and defensive strategies.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    For a complete list of application deadlines, please visit:
    https://www.westga.edu/admissions/dates-deadlines.php

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check your Application Status

    Contact

    Contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Objectives
    1. Students will describe their own coaching philosophy based on educational research, while also articulating major coaching objectives and coaching styles.
    2. Students will identify the behavioral and psychological principles for effective communication between coaches and athletes.
    3. Students will develop research-based physical fitness program design and plans that incorporate all aspects of training, including the cardio-respiratory system, muscular strength and endurance, muscular power, flexibility, and nutritional recommendations.
    4. Students will describe the numerous managerial issues and challenges when planning, organizing, staffing, and directing all aspects of an athletic program.
    5. Students will evaluate the current practices and experiences of other coaches.