Principles of Coaching

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Determine How Your Philosophy and Basic Athletic Principles Will Make You A More Successful Coach

Athletics coaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging profession. In order to an effective coach, one must not only know the X’s and O’s of their sport but how to place the importance of the athlete’s wellbeing above winning. As a coach, you are responsible for preparing tomorrow’s leaders to become successful members of their communities. In this course, you will learn the importance of identifying your coaching objectives and the benefits of a well-developed coaching philosophy. You will reflect on why you coach, consider the importance of character education, learn how to better communicate with your athletes, and develop your own coaching philosophy that will help you make tough decisions and coach more successfully.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for athletic coaches and K-12 educators that provide physical education to their students that want to build a positive and effective relationship with student athletes.

Course Materials:  Text, Successful Coaching, 4th edition by Rainer Martens (same book used in EDU-X781P Differentiation of Instruction), available at or your local bookstore.

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EDU-X779P – 012 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Principles of Coaching

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled

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Online Self-Paced
Justin Berenson

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EDU-X779P – 014 Start Anytime 2 $317

Principles of Coaching

Start Anytime
Online Self-Paced
Justin Berenson

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

NOTE: This section (010) is specifically for USD Athletics Department students. Only enroll in this section if you have a email address and have been approved to take this section by USD Athletics Department.  General public, please choose section 012.

What You Will Learn

  • Explain the value of a coaching philosophy
  • Predict situations that will test the integrity of a coaching philosophy
  • Distinguish coaching styles and determine how each type affects athletes
  • Apply principles of character education and instill sportsmanship among players
  • Recognize how to coach to help players develop good character
  • Identify effective approaches to communication and self-appraise one’s own communication skills
  • Motivate athletes by helping them focus less on winning and more on achieving their own optimal performance


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Very efficient! Professor Berenson was on top of all requirements and kept the course running smoothly at my pace.