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 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 several options within the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Management and Policy. The proposed coursework lays a theoretical and practical framework for students interested in coaching.

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

Coaching Minor Requirements

SML 565Principles of Coaching4
SML 765Advanced Topics in Coaching4
SML 650DInternship in Coaching2-4
Select a minimum of two of the following courses:4
SML 565AClinical Practice in Coaching2
SML 521Theory of Coaching Basketball2
SML 522Theory of Coaching Football2
SML 523Theory of Coaching Ice Hockey2
SML 525Theory of Coaching Soccer2
SML 528Theory of Coaching Track and Field2
Select at least one of the following:4
KIN 505Activity, Injuries and Disease4
EXSC 527Scientific Foundations of Health and Fitness4
SML 560Sport Psychology4
RMP 560Recreational Sport Management4
SML 562Sport Media Relations4
HPE 675Motor Development and Learning4
SML 740Athletic Administration4
SML 780Psychological Factors in Sport4

Students will not be permitted to enroll in SML 650D Internship in Coaching, until they have completed 10 Credits toward the minor to include:  SML 565 Principles of Coaching; and one of the applicable courses/electives and at least one theory/practical 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 Management Leadership/Sport Studies majors are not permitted to minor in coaching. 

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