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


    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.


    • 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


    A minor in Coaching would require a total of 16-17 credit hours in the field.
    To qualify, students must complete the required courses (listed below) with a grade of C or better.

    • 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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  • 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.