Sport Coaching Leadership

Major: Sport Coaching Leadership
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 13.1314
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 27-2022

About the Program

The MS in Sport Coaching Leadership program is an online master's program in the School of Education. The MS degree will prepare students in the areas of coaching theory, development of a coaching philosophy, understanding of the needs of athletes, recruitment, compliance, and program planning. The program will also expose students to comparative, global coaching models and allows for hands-on opportunities in the form of three practicums. The goal of the program is to prepare students for coaching careers in sport-based youth development, scholastic, collegiate, club, or professional coaching environments.

Students in the MS in Sport Coaching Leadership program will take 33.0 credits of core courses in the coaching curriculum and then select 12.0 credits in a specialization. Academic advisors will work closely with each student to determine the best academic plan.

NOTE: Coaches may elect a custom-designed concentration that best suits their individual career goals.

If the student selects a custom-designed concentration, they can choose from the following areas: Sport Coaching Leadership, Creativity, Higher Education, Education, Sport Management, Business, Entrepreneurship, or other related fields deemed most appropriate for the student's individual career goals. This is the concentration selected by those coaches with a specific interest in creating an interdisciplinary and custom program option. Many coaches are interested in diverse professional development areas and this option allows students to focus their energy in a particular area and create a combination of unique value to their career goals.

Students in this concentration may also have the ability to select a graduate minor in another discipline.

Additional Information

For more information on specific concentrations, please contact the academic advisor in the School of Education at

Admission Requirements

The MS in Sport Coaching Leadership requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Candidates should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and some experience in the coaching, teaching, or sport management fields.

Degree Requirements

Core courses
PHIL 502Ethics in Coaching3.0
SCL 501Coaching Theory and Principles3.0
SCL 503Pedagogical Strategies in Coaching3.0
SCL 504Coaching Psychology3.0
SCL 614Sport Performance & Energy Systems3.0
SCL 615Athletic Recruiting3.0
SCL 619Global Coaching Seminar6.0
SCL 695Coaching Practicum I0.5
SCL 696Coaching Practicum II0.5
SCL 697Coaching Practicum III2.0
SMT 612Development & Fundraising Strategies in Sport3.0
SMT 629Managing Coaches & Teams3.0
Select a Concentration12.0
Biomechanics in Rowing
Physiology and Training Methods for Rowing
Emerging Technologies and Trends in Rowing
Equipment Management and Rigging for High Performance
Rowing Safety and Risk Management
Racing: Rules, Preparation, and Strategy
Rowing Technique
History of Lacrosse
Physiology and Training Methods in Lacrosse
Emerging Technologies and Trends in Lacrosse
Equipment and Field Management in Lacrosse
Lacrosse Safety and Risk Management
The Women's Lacrosse Game: Rules, Preparation, and Strategy
The Men's Lacrosse Game: Rules, Preparation, and Strategy
Custom-Designed Concentration
Electives or Graduate Minor
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

Custom-Designed Concentration

First Year
SCL 5013.0PHIL 5023.0SCL 6153.0SCL 6196.0
SCL 5033.0SCL 6950.5SCL 6960.5SMT 6293.0
 Concentration or Graduate Minor Elective3.0Concentration or Graduate Minor Elective3.0 
 6 6.5 6.5 9
Second Year
SCL 5043.0SCL 6143.0SMT 6123.0 
Concentration or Graduate Minor Elective3.0SCL 6972.0Concentration or Graduate Minor Elective3.0 
 6 5 6 
Total Credits 45

Rowing Concentration

First Year
SCL 5013.0PHIL 5023.0SCL 6153.0SCL 6196.0
SCL 5033.0SCL 6201.5SCL 6213.0SMT 6293.0
 SCL 6261.5  
 6 6 6 9
Second Year
SCL 5043.0SCL 6143.0SMT 6123.0 
SCL 6231.5SCL 6221.5SCL 6241.5 
SCL 6950.5SCL 6251.5SCL 6972.0 
 SCL 6960.5  
 5 6.5 6.5 
Total Credits 45

Lacrosse Concentration

First Year
SCL 5013.0PHIL 5023.0SCL 6153.0SCL 6196.0
SCL 5033.0SCL 6301.5SCL 6313.0SMT 6293.0
 SCL 6341.5  
 6 6 6 9
Second Year
SCL 5043.0SCL 6143.0SMT 6123.0 
SCL 635 or 6363.0SCL 6321.5SCL 6972.0 
SCL 6950.5SCL 6331.5  
 SCL 6960.5  
 6.5 6.5 5 
Total Credits 45

Sport Coaching Leadership Faculty

Madeline Barlow, PhD Sport Psychology Coordinator. Adjunct Instructor. Works directly with teams and coaches to enhance performance and overall experience by teaching mental skills for peak performance, including goal setting, energy management, managing stress and emotions, and increasing awareness and confidence.
Karen Freeman, MS, RD, CSSD. Adjunct Instructor. Dynamic and experienced nutrition consultant specializing in sports nutrition, weight management, cholesterol-lowering diets, and eating disorders for children and adults; has worked with the San Diego Chargers, the New York Rangers, the Los Angeles Raiders, San Diego Spirit women's soccer team, the San Diego Padres, and the US Olympic Training Center (USOC) in Chula Vista.
Cameron Kiosoglous, PhD (Virginia Tech University) Program Director. Assistant Clinical Professor. Coached on the USRowing National Team staff since 2002, including the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games; coaching development; measuring coaching quality; self-insight and reflective practices; coaching leadership; conference presenter; published author.
Michael Rankin, MS (Drexel University) Director of Strength and Conditioning. Adjunct Faculty. At Drexel since September 2002; became interim head strength and conditioning coach in February 2003 and was named director in 2008.
Michael Shannon, MS. Adjunct Instructor. Provides athlete performance services at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista and consulting services with rowing programs interested in sustained competitive performance; works with elite athletes from a wide variety of sports, specializing in endurance sports, from both summer and winter sports training for national and world competitions such as the Olympic Games and Pan American Games.
Jen Valore, MS (James Madison University). Adjunct Professor. Dean of Academics & Leadership at our Lady of Mercy Academy; head coach of the Academy's girls lacrosse program since 2017.
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