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Prepare to make an impact in the sports industry and become an important part of athletes’ journeys as you spend time training, encouraging and pushing them further as a coach.

Coaching - Minor

The Coaching Minor at Montana State prepares interested students in coaching any sport at any entry level and provides education in exercise science, nutrition, sport psychology, coaching theory and more.



The Coaching minor is one of the few in the northern Rocky Mountain region and is designed with the National Standards for Sport Coaches which was developed by professional coach educators from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education and other sport organizations and universities across the United States.



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Adventure Awaits
Montana State is the No. 1 college in the U.S. for outdoor sports ad recreation, with world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fly fishing and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.

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Unique Opportunities
As Montana's premier research institution, Montana State offers unparalleled access to hands-on experiences in research labs, art studios, teaching farms and the surrounding wilderness.

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Interdisciplinary Innovation
Engineering and health and human development researchers with the MSU Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab team up to understand more about the mechanics of human motion in order to develop rehabilitation methods and plans.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Coaching students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Coach
  • Trainer
  • Sports scout

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.






Sample Course Plan

For more details on what your full study plan could look like under this minor, consult the official Montana State University course catalog for specific registration and advising information.