The coaching minor prepares coaches to work with athletic teams in youth sports, junior or senior high school sports, or in recreational sports settings.
The coaching minor prepares students to coach after school and to be employed by school districts as a coach. However it does not prepare teachers to teach physical education classes in a school setting. Many Shippensburg University students enroll in the coaching minor to supplement their chosen major. For example, Elementary Education majors who minor in coaching are trained to teach during the day and coach after school. Secondary Education majors also select the coaching minor for the same reason. Biology majors who select the coaching minor have gone on to graduate school to study exercise physiology after graduation from Shippensburg University. Psychology majors with a Coaching minor have gone on to graduate school in sport psychology. Business majors with the coaching minor have gone on to graduate school in sport management and marketing. The coaching minor can be a stepping stone to many career options.
Students are required to achieve a grade of C or better in all Coaching minor courses.
Education majors who student teach during their senior year are encouraged to declare the minor early.