Coaching Minor

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This coaching minor is one of the few in the northern Rocky Mountain region and is specifically designed to prepare those interested in coaching any sport at any entry level. It was designed with the National Standards for Sport Coaches that was developed by professional coach educators from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and other sport organizations and universities across the USA.

  1. HDPE 267, Introduction to Coaching is the 'keystone' course for this major. All students should start here.

  2. In most cases, there will be NO credits given for PRIOR coaching experience that has not resulted in a written evaluation from an athletic director, director of coaching, head coach or other sport administrator.

  3. The sports specific courses (Theory of coaching football, basketball, soccer, track and field, volleyball, etc.) have HDPE 267 as their prerequisite. No student should attempt taking any of these classes without successful completion of HDPE 267.


Please note: The Montana University System is presently undergoing common course numbering to ensure course transferability among Montana's campuses. Please refer to the course number equivalency tool to check equivalencies between old and new courses.

Students must receive a "C" or better (with the exception of COA 395, which is P/F) for the following courses:

Required Classes Credits
COA 205--Introduction to Coaching 3
NUTR 221CS--Basic Human Nutrition 3
HTH 455--The Ethic of Care 3
KIN 221--Health Anatomy & Physiology 3
*COA 395*--Coaching Application* 3
KIN 440--Sport Psychology 3
COA 405--Advanced Concepts in Coaching 3
Take one of the following:
    KIN 105--Foundations of Exercise Science 3
    KIN 320--Exercise Physiology 4
Take one of the following:
    NUTR 411--Nutrition for Sports & Exercise 3
    CHTH 435--Human Response to Stress 3
    KIN 410--Adv Strength Training Cond 3

Students must receive a "C-" or better for the following courses:

Elective Classes
Take three of the following courses.
     COA 316--Football Coaching Theory 1
     COA 317--Basketball Coaching Theory 1
     COA 318--Soccer Coaching Theory 1
     COA 319--Volleyball Coaching Theory 1
     COA 256 --Track & Field Theory 2
Subtotal 3-4

*Taken three times, three different semesters in either three different sports OR three levels (elementary, junior high, high school, etc.) of the same sport.