Certificate in Sports Coaching

Certificate Programs

Certificate in Sports Coaching

Sport and athleticism has a significant impact on youth development physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. Whether working professionally or in a volunteer capacity, coaches are charged with this development.  Competitive and adventure sport is an integral part of many student’s Saint Michael’s College experience, and many choose to continue their engagement in athletics after graduation. Therefore, we have created an opportunity for students be leaders in their field through the Certificate in Sports Coaching (CSC).

The CSC is accessible to all Saint Michael’s College students (undergraduate and graduate). The certificate program is also open to community members who hold an undergraduate degree and are interested in expanding, or consolidating their professional credentials. This portfolio-based, hybrid program combines classroom learning, practicum, National Governing Body Certification, and health and wellness certification.  The CSC is divided into two tracks: Competitive Sport and Adventure Sport.

Watch the video for some information about the program.

Students who enter the program will be expected to complete a semester-long Mountain Leadership Course, Wilderness First Responder Certification, obtain two National Body Awards/Certifications, complete The Coach as Educator course, and develop a professional portfolio.

For more information about the Certificate in Adventure Sports Coaching, contact:

Todd Johnstone-Wright ’96, Director of the Adventure Sports Center

Certificate in Adventure Sport Overview

CSC Core Requirements:

  • Completion of ‘The Sports Coach as Educator’ (4-Credits)
  • Completion of US Center for Safe Sport Training (90 Min.)
  • Practicum: 20 hours of observation or practical coaching.
  • Web based portfolio (2-Credits)

Competitive Sport Track Requirements:

  • Age/Sport Specific First Aid/CPR/AED
  • NHFS Concussion in Sport or CDC Heads up to Youth Sport Training
  • NHFS Fundamentals of Coaching
  • Sport Specific National Governing Body Award

Adventure Sport Track Requirements:

  • Wilderness First Responder (70-80 hrs.)
  • Discipline Specific National Governing Body Award
  • Mountain Leader Course (optional)