Athletic Coaching Education
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)Program Website
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WVU's Athletic Coaching Education program offered on the WVU Tech campus prepares student in the area of coaching, sport technique, exercise physiology, sport nutrition, sport psychology and teaching methods. The curriculum follows the national standards published by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), so learning takes place in an environment that's true to the world of sport management.
John Walters, '14
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.
Zachary Thomsen, '10
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:
Youth league, high
school or college coaches
- Personal trainers
- Adventure sports specialists
- Athletic directors
Things you'll learn
Know the game from top to bottom.
Human Body: Structure and Function
Explore the structure and function of different systems in the human body, including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
Training Theories for Coaches
Learn about sport training theories that apply to building, designing and assessing athlete training plans, seasonal team development and long-term athlete development.
Nutrition for Coaches
Discover general nutrition, dietary requirements and best practices that are designed to aid coaches and their athletes.