The minor in Athletic Coaching prepares you to become a coach with understanding of the practice of coaching and the physical aspects of caring for athletes and preventing injuries. You'll also participate in hands-on experiences in coaching a sport.
Why should I study athletic coaching?You'll gain skills that will allow you to walk alongside athletes and bring the best out of them while at the same time encouraging health and wellbeing.
What can I do with this degree?
Students who minor in athletic coaching often choose to major in health education or physical education, a plan that equips you to meet all licensure standards determined by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Our graduates work as teachers, coaches, or directors for:
- Public and private school across the U.S., including at the college level
- Recreational activity programs like YMCA, camps, and community recreation programs
Minnesota school districts where recent graduates currently teach include: Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center, Hastings, Upsala, Spring Lake Park, St. Louis Park, Stillwater, and Zimmerman.
Our alumni have continued on to graduate school to study:
- Occupational therapy
- Physician assistant
- Physical therapy
- Public health (epidemiology, environmental health, etc.)
What skills will I develop?
- Critical thinking
- Effective collaboration and communication with others
- Understanding cognitive and physical development
- Coaching teams in learning the sport and in competitive play
- Integration of Christian faith with scientific and ethical study
- Addressing and promoting the health of the whole person
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
You'll have opportunities practice and your skills by coaching students as they learn a sport or play competitively.
Only Minnesota private school offering Developmental and Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) endorsement.
0 exercise science students who won first place awards at the American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter’s Research Symposium
Bethel did a great job of preparing me for my future teaching career! The professors truly cared about me and supported and encouraged me through out the whole program. After college they helped me get my first job!Rachel Bekius '13
High school Health/P.E./DAPE teacher at Milaca
Professors showed me that following God’s plan will look different for each of us...they helped me discover my talents and abilities, and equipped me with the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of my life.Kailey Eid '16
Health and Physical Education Teacher at UBAH Medical Academy
The road to my career in education and coaching was paved at Bethel. Bethel provided me with professional educators and coaches who had a passion for their work and a commitment to modeling their faith.Peter Haugen '91
Current job: Head Football Coach, Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)