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Sports Coaching

From Ravens coach Jon Harbaugh to legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt ... to your 7th grade soccer coach, these gifted people play a huge role in our culture at large, and in the physical and emotional development of millions of students and aspiring athletes all over the world.

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Graduate Program Opportunity
M.S. in Kinesiology

Coaches lead, motivate, and push us to do better than we ever thought possible. As a student in McDaniel's Sports Coaching program, you'll have access to experienced professors who can guide you through the ins and outs of coaching and help you develop the essential skills needed to succeed in the industry.

Expert facilities — including the Human Performance Lab and Neuromuscular Performance Lab — will provide you with hands-on experience testing cardiopulmonary, metabolic, and neuromuscular systems on equipment used in the health and fitness industries. With a coaching degree, you'll be equipped to lead, motivate, and inspire athletes to reach their full potential.

Future Career Paths

Immediate career options (not requiring graduate school) in athletic and sports coaching for students of the Kinesiology program include:

  • Personal trainer
  • Physical therapy technician
  • Strength and conditioning specialist
  • Coach
  • Teacher

Recent Kinesiology graduates have attended graduate school at places like George Washington University, Salisbury University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Maryland, and Texas A&M University, etc. to become:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physician assistants
  • Cardiac and pulmonary therapists
  • Athletic trainers
  • Exercise physiologists

Distinctive Courses

KIN 2218 - Lifetime Fitness and Health

This course is designed to educate students on how to properly implement a health, fitness, and wellness program. The students will be presented with scientific data to emphasize and formulate successful health fitness and wellness programs throughout their life. The theoretical components of fitness, principles of training, individual pre/post assessments, and exercise prescription programs are examined. Students may not concurrently enroll in, or have previously completed KIN 3222 Physiology of Exercise.

KIN 2238 - Principles of Sports Coaching and Sports Management

This course is designed as an overview in the preparation of coaches and athletics administrators. The focus is on principles and practices for effective coaching and sports management. Topics will include but are not limited to the following: philosophy, contest management, team selection, scheduling, fiscal management, purchasing criteria, legal concerns, support staff, support groups, and the media.

KIN 2240 - Psychology of Sport and Exercise

This course identifies, examines, and applies specific psychological theories and constructs within exercise and sport settings. Areas addressed include motivation, exercise adherence, psychological and physiological benefits of exercise, cognitive and behavioral change, and fitness counseling.

Sports Coaching Program Requirements

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Kinesiology’s new labs and classrooms open in Gill Center

The newly renovated Gill Center bustles with activity. After all, this is the epicenter of McDaniel’s study of movement — the place Kinesiology students and faculty alike call home. Three classrooms, three labs, nine faculty offices and a seminar room were newly built inside Gill Center to support a program that prepares students for careers as health professionals, coaches, athletic trainers, physical education teachers, personal trainers and others whose work centers on the science of physical activity and movement.

Everything you learn at McDaniel College connects you to real life. Kinesiology student Isabella researched the effects of strength training on self-esteem in untrained females.