Coaching Minor

Immerse yourself in the life & health sciences with a minor in Coaching

The coaching minor is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills and experiences that enable them to coach effectively and safely in school, community, and adult sport programs. Coaching involves aspects of kinesiology, health promotion, injury prevention and treatment as well as psychological principles to prepare athletes for performance. The curriculum for the coaching minor involves exercise science, athletic training content, sports officiating, and theory associated with coaching philosophies.

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Student Experience

As a Loras student, you have the opportunity to enhance your educational experience by adding one or more minors. We encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, engage in community outreach, explore internships and get involved in the many student and academic organizations available.

Curriculum

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Sport Psychology
This course will focus on social and psychological factors related to participation in sport. Topics will include stress, anxiety, motivation, self-perceptions, and psychological skills training. The primary focus of the course will be on the application of psychological principles to coaching athletics. 

Exercise Psychology
This course will examine the factors that influence participation and adherence in exercise and other forms of physical activity. Students will explore personal and contextual factors that inhibit and contribute to physical activity across the lifespan. Theoretical models and empirical research will be reviewed, critically reviewing existing theory and examining new avenues for future research. In addition, effective strategies for intervention will be reviewed and discussed.

Theory of Coaching
Prospective high school and college coaches are introduced to multiple issues surrounding the coaching profession. Students will be subject to philosophical, ethical, managerial and legal issues as they pertain to all team and individual sports.

Sports Officiating
This course is designed to introduce concepts related to sports officiating such as: psychology of officiating, positioning mechanics and signs for competitive sports (volleyball, soccer, football, baseball/softball, and basketball), fitness of officials, legal responsibilities, and officiating as a career or profession. This course is not designed as a “ how to become an elite sporting official” but rather to introduce, at the undergraduate level, the general concepts of officiating as well as to develop student appreciation about what officiating entails.

Personal and Community Health
A course in the fundamentals of health, including public and community health, consumer health and substance abuse. An introduction to methods used in preventing disease in the individual and the community.

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Coaching Minor Requirements

Requirements for a minor in Coaching:

Req Course Cr’s
1 Personal and Community Health 3
2 Sports Officiating 3
3 Theory of Coaching 3
Select one from Req 4
4 Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
4 Athletic Training Skills 3
5 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
6 Physiology of Exercise 3
Select one from Req 7
7 Lifespan Development 3
7 Sport Psychology 3
7 Exercise Psychology 3
22 total required credits

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Supporting Your Investment

Loras takes great pride in supporting your investment – both through providing an exceptional learning experience and in sharing the cost of your degree. 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We have scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to earn my Loras degree?

Most students earn their undergraduate degree in four years or less. If you have questions about transferring any previously earned credits or degrees, please see our Transfer Student Information.

How much is tuition?

At Loras College, financial access to education is one of our defining values. We are committed to helping all of our students make their degree affordable. We partner with every student and family to understand their unique financial needs ensuring 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We offer Scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need. Loras is consistently ranked as one of the best universities for return on investment.  View our Tuition and Fees page.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Submit your federal FAFSA, apply to Loras College and visit loras.edu/financial-aid for information, scholarship opportunities and much more.

Meet Our Professors

Elaina Biechler, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Kinesiology Program Coordinator
563.588.7020| elaina.biechler@loras.edu
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Aaron Herbst, ATC, LAT
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Clinical Coordinator of Athletic Training Education
563.588.7211 |aaron.herbst@loras.edu
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Molly M. McDonald Figgins, MS, ATC
Athletic Training Program Director
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
563.588.7995 | molly.figgins@loras.edu
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Carl Tebon
Head Loras Baseball Coach
Instructor of PESS
563.588.7732 | carl.tebon@loras.edu

Keith Thraen-Borowski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
563.588.7475 | keith.thraenborowski@loras.edu
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