Coaching Minor Mission Statement: The Coaching Minor at Slippery Rock University is committed to the preparation of coaches who are capable of making ethical decisions related to development, implementation, and evaluation of athletic experiences.
What the Minor Prepares You to Do: The coaching minor prepares individuals to coach youth sports to high school interscholastic athletic teams. Students in the minor may also gain experience at the intercollegiate level by choosing a practicum experience with an athletic team at the university.
Practicum Experiences: Students in the minor are required to complete three separate practicum experiences, working with an athletic team of their choice, for a total of 50 hours. Students must coach at two different levels and two different sports, and may not work with the same team twice. Students have coached at local YMCA’s, youth and community sports, high school teams, college programs and even adult leagues. Sports have included the traditional team sports of baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer, etc, but also rugby, deck hockey, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling and gymnastics, to name a few.
Travel Opportunities:Students in the coaching minor have the opportunity to travel abroad for spring break seminars, exploring the coaching, facilities and various sports in other countries. Students have traveled to London, England (2009), Budapest, Hungary (2010), Rome, Italy (2011) and the cities of Dublin, Galway and Limerick in Ireland (2013).
Three semester hours of practicum experiences are required for the Minor in Coaching. Practicum experiences include working with one athletic team (college, high school, or community) for 50 hours. The student must complete three different experiences (one credit each), and PETE majors must complete all practicum experiences prior to student teaching. The student must have completed one coaching minor elective course prior to the first practicum experience.
Students must have current TB test and Act 34 and Act 151 Clearances FBI finger print check if coaching experiences take place in public schools.
Students must possess and maintain current Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Community First Aid certifications.