Coaching (Minor)

Coaching (Minor)

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Course codes have changed for many Kinesiology courses. Download the new course codes here.

What is coaching?

By studying coaching, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to work with youth, high school or college athletes.You’ll receive a foundation in the principles of coaching, health, fitness and injuries. In addition, you can select electives to focus on coaching basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer or track and field, along with related areas such as motor development, recreational sport management, sports psychology, media relations and administration. Combine the coaching minor with majors such as sport management and leadership, health and physical education or recreation management to enhance your career opportunities.

Why study coaching at UNH?

As a student pursuing a coaching minor at UNH, you’ll engage in a variety of experiences and teach diverse populations. You’ll enjoy small classes taught by faculty who are nationally recognized leaders in their fields, and you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience through University Athletics, local high schools and other off-campus sites.

Potential careers

  • Adapted physical education teacher
  • Coach
  • Fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical activity program coordinator
  • Physical education teacher
  • Strength and conditioning coach
Department of Kinesiology
New Hampshire Hall, 124 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2071

Curriculum & Requirements

The Department of Kinesiology offers a coaching minor. The coaching minor is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide students interested in coaching at the youth, high school, or college levels with basic knowledge and skills necessary for competence in coaching. The minor consists of courses offered by majors within the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Management and Policy. The coursework lays a theoretical and practical framework for students interested in coaching.

Admission to the minor is based on successful completion of SPST 565 Principles of Coaching (grade of C- or better), and a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Coaching Minor Requirements

SPST 565Principles of Coaching4
SPST 765Advanced Topics in Coaching4
SPST 650DInternship in Coaching2-4
Select a minimum of two of the following courses:4
SPST 521
Theory of Coaching Basketball
SPST 522
Theory of Coaching Football
SPST 523
Theory of Coaching Ice Hockey
SPST 525
Theory of Coaching Soccer
SPST 528
Theory of Coaching Track and Field
Select at least one of the following:4
EXSC 527
Scientific Foundations of Health and Fitness
HPE 675
Motor Development and Learning
RMP 560
Recreational Sport Management
SPST 560
Sport Psychology
SPST 562
Sport Media Relations
SPST 740
Athletic Administration
KIN 505
Activity, Injuries and Disease
SPST 761
Senior Seminar in Sport Studies
Total Credits18-20

Students will not be permitted to enroll in SPST 650D Internship in Coaching, until they have completed 10 Credits toward the minor to include:  SPST 565 Principles of Coaching; and one of the applicable courses/electives and at least one theory of coaching class.

To graduate with a coaching minor, individuals must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses associated with the minor.

Sport Studies majors are not permitted to minor in coaching. 

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