Bachelor of Science (B.S.)Program Website
ACE students study topics like coaching, sport technique, exercise physiology, sport nutrition, sport psychology and teaching methods. Our curriculum follows the national standards published by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), so you'll be learning in the environment that's true to the world of sport management.
The ACE degree is a WVU degree, which means our students have an opportunity to earn a big-university degree while studying on a campus that offers small classes and one-on-one instruction.
The first two years of the program are pre-ACE coursework. Students must apply for admission to the ACE program. Students in the program also receive a minor in sport management.
Our focus on real-world experience means our students participate in an extensive 12-hour internship in a recreational, high school, semi-pro or collegiate sport setting. Students enjoy this hands-on experience, which prepares them for employment or graduate school upon completion. The experience they earn also makes them very attractive to employers.
Students who have a passion for sport, a desire to make a difference in the lives of athletes and the dedication to strive for personal excellence will enjoy this program.
John is a Paraprofessional and Head Wrestling Coach for Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware. After completing his degree at Tech, Walters graduated from Delaware State University in 2016 with his master’s in sport management. When he's not coaching, he works as a CrossFit instructor.
At WVU Tech, Thomsen earned Mid-South All-Conference honors as a member of the men’s basketball team and served as team captain in his senior year. He went on to earn his master's degree in Adult Education from Le Moyne College in 2014. Today, Zachary is the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at SUNY Delhi in New York state.
The ACE program primes students for a variety of roles in the coaching profession. The program equips students to teach, motivate and properly structure sports environments.
ACE students graduate with key knowledge in philosophy and ethics, safety and injury prevention, physical conditioning, growth and development, teaching and communication, sport skills and tactics, organization, administration and evaluation. Through guided internship experiences, students in the ACE program have an opportunity to work with a wide range of athletes, including youth, masters and individuals with disabilities.
All students are eligible for nationally recognized Coaching Certifications from the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission (WVSSAC) or National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Fundamentals of Coaching, and Red Cross CPR, AED and First Aid certifications. They will also have an opportunity to earn other sport and coaching-related credentials based on the area of emphasis or minor they choose.
Our grads have found work as:
Explore the structure and function of different systems in the human body, including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
Learn about sport training theories that apply to building, designing and assessing athlete training plans, seasonal team development and long-term athlete development.
Discover general nutrition, dietary requirements and best practices that are designed to aid coaches and their athletes.