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Minor in Coaching

Coach in a high school addressing two student athletes on a football field

The coaching minor is designed for students who wish to coach in secondary schools (grades 7-12). Coursework extends beyond the 8 credits required for the New York State Temporary Coaching License. Prerequisite: 2.5 grade point average.

Why should I get a Coaching Minor?

Employment of athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers is expected to increase by 23 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. A larger population overall that will continue to participate in organized sports for entertainment, recreation, and physical conditioning will boost demand for these workers, particularly for coaches, umpires, sports instructors, and other related workers. Job growth also will be driven by the increasing number of retirees who are expected to participate more in leisure activities such as golf and tennis, which require instruction. Additionally, the demand for private sports instruction is expected to grow among young athletes as parents try to help their children reach their full potential. Future expansion of new professional teams and leagues may create additional openings for all of these workers.

What can I do with a Coaching Minor?

Graduates will be able to coach interscholastic athletic activities in New York State. For detailed information visit the NYS Coaching Guidelines.

To Declare a Coaching Minor

  1. Check with your home school or college office, to make sure you have room in your program for the required number of coaching courses. Also reconfirm that you have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  2. Get a Minor Declaration Form from your home college, fill it out, and bring it to 201 Women's Building.
  3. If you are approved, you will be notified by email, and be asked to retrieve the signed form.
  4. Take the signed form to your home school or college office. They will approve the declaration, and give you instructions about how to get the minor officially posted to your SU record.

Program Contact

Michael Norris
mlnorris@syr.edu
315-443-9699