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Athletic Coaching

  •  Available as a minor
    Positive and composed. Honest and straightforward. Goal setter and achiever. We’re ready to help you become the athletic coach you want to be!
  • If you want to teach and coach sports, the Athletic Coaching minor will equip you well. It may also be helpful for you if you’re interested in sports management as a career.

    At Olivet, you can: 

    • Study kinesiology and learn about the bones, muscles and principles of biomechanics.
    • Learn the nuts and bolts of administration
    • Gain basic knowledge of how an athletic trainer treats and rehabs injured athletes.
    • Learn about the essentials of weight training: lifts, how to use the machines and free weights, how to prescribe programs of weight training for athletes, and more.
    • Take biology and chemistry to learn how the body works.
    • Study physiology and nutrition to help players improve their performance. 
    • Build your oral communication skills in English, drama and speech classes.
    • Gain the extensive knowledge of your sport that you need.
    • Learn about teamwork from a Christian perspective.
    • And so much more! 

    In this high commitment career, your most important work is in the areas of motivation and training. It’s your job to bring together individual athletes and mold them into a team. You are constantly working to develop and optimize their skills and strengths while addressing their weaknesses. Developing personal relationships with them — and often with their parents — is also essential.

    Having played a sport and learned the fundamentals will be a great asset for you. Grow in your knowledge of the way a sport is played, its rules and regulations, and strategies. Then, teach it to your players as you plan and oversee their practices. Plan, demonstrate and manage their drills to help improve their form, technique, skills and stamina. During competition, call plays and rotate players for just the right team dynamics.

    Coach in a school, recreation center or camp. Help children, teens and adults learn new physical and social skills, improve their physical condition, and experience success in their sport. Model and help them develop good sportsmanship, a competitive spirit, and teamwork and for managing their teams during both practice sessions and competitions.

    Putting knowledge to work

    Internships are a way to extend your learning experience. Churches, companies and organizations that have provided these opportunities for our students include YMCA and Chicago First Church of the Nazarene’s sport ministry.

    Take on leadership roles on campus and in the community through clubs, activities, sports and government.

    If you are majoring in education, our Student Education Association (SEA) assists students as they prepare for their careers.

    Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) brings coaches and athletes together to impact the world for Jesus Christ. Our local chapter is part of the largest Christian sports organization in America. Support, encouragement and service to fellow students form the name of this game.

    Volunteer to help a sports coach or instructor in the community.


    If you are: 

    • a flexible, resourceful athlete who knows your sport(s) well
    • an excellent communicator 
    • a leader who cares about others
    • patient
    • goal-oriented, with a plan to get there

    then you are well-suited for coaching athletics.

    Coaching is a highly competitive career field. Jobs are more plentiful in high schools than in colleges and at the professional level. Athletic programs for girls and women continue to grow, and coaching jobs in women’s sports may be more available.

    If you coach at the high school level, you are likely to also teach an academic subject. College coaches often coach full-time and spend quite a bit of time on the road for competitions, scouting and recruiting.

    Athletic Coaching is part of the Department of Exercise and Sports Science within the School of Professional Studies.