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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 minor offered in the Kinesiology department, Sports Coaching gives you access to professors who bring extensive experience into the classroom as educators, advisors, coaches and researchers. Excellent 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.

Future Career Paths

Immediate career options (not requiring graduate school) 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.

Gill Physical Education Learning Center

See the Gill Physical Education Learning Center in action.

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.

Olivia Maenner standing next to a lab skeleton.

Student Spotlight Olivia Maenner, 2019 Kinesiology and Spanish

“My best class ever was Anatomy with Kinesiology professor David Petrie because this course reminded me of how much I love learning about anatomy and gave me a great foundation which I will take into Occupational Therapy graduate school.”