Principles of Coaching

Course Available
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.

NOTE:  Section 008 is specifically for USD Athletics students.  Only enroll in this section if you have a email address and have been approved to take this section by USD Athletics Department.

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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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X779P – 006 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307

Principles of Coaching

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
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 (006) is specifically for the general public. If you are a student with USD Athletics Department, please choose section 008 for enrollment.

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.