The demand for quality, well-rounded coaches and strength coaches grows each year. Sport leaders need to understand how to motivate and lead athletes, teach technical, tactical, physical and mental skills, and navigate complex environments with varying stakeholders. Our pioneering 16-credit specialized graduate certificate in the psychology of coaching prepares students for these responsibilities.

We specialize in the psychological and sociological aspects of sport and athletic performance, delivering novel practical tools and a unique experience to our student-coaches. The specialized graduate certificate complements students who have a strong background in exercise science or kinesiology, and extends the education of those looking to understand the relational and cultural aspects of people in sport.

Program Highlights

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    As part of the Practicum in Coaching course, students work with a Mental Skills Consultant (MSC) or sport psychologist. Consultants are all graduates of the our MA Sport and Performance Psychology program, with relevant coaching and athletic experience. Students "meet" virtually with their consultant for one hour per week.

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    Course assignments use lifelike coaching issues and problems to help students integrate theoretical and practical knowledge to improve the coach’s decision-making and effectiveness with athlete’s performance.

Featured Faculty

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Brian Gearity

Professor & Dir MA Coach Sports Education; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, GSPP

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Clayton Roth Kuklick

Clinical Associate Professor

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