Explore Coaching

If you live and breathe sports, UNE’s Coaching minor might be the perfect addition to your studies. An interdisciplinary program in the Department of Exercise and Sports Performance, the Coaching minor incorporates courses from the Applied Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Sport Leadership and Management, and Education programs to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how to provide quality professional instruction in healthy, age-appropriate athletic experiences. Whether you want to coach at the youth, high school, college, club, or pro level, or pursue a career in other fields such as athletic training, strength and conditioning, recreational program management, or sports psychology, our minor in Coaching will help you help others to be at the top of their game.

Hockey coach speaking to the U N E hockey team during a game
A coach speaks with a field hockey player during a game

Why UNE for your Coaching Minor

Our emphasis on hands-on learning combined with abundant internships available in the southern Maine region make UNE a perfect choice for your coaching education. The minor takes advantage of UNE’s offerings as a comprehensive health sciences university and its strong interdisciplinary connections with the Business and Education programs to provide you with a coaching education that earns top scores.

The Coaching minor at UNE has opened many doors for me. The requirement of an internship led me to be a part of UNE’s football program where I gained the experience and knowledge I needed to land my dream job in the NFL.” — Andrea Gosper ’19, Health Sciences major/Coaching and Nutrition double minor (Player Personnel Coordinator, Buffalo Bills)

What will you study? Coaching Minor Curriculum

Experiential Learning

Coaching isn’t done from behind a desk, so learning how to be an effective coach should get you up and out of your chair. At UNE, we emphasize hands-on learning both in and out of the classroom, and the Coaching minor epitomizes our philosophy. Whether you’re engaged in classroom activities, such as learning different coaching pedagogies in the gym, or you’re getting real-world experience in the minor’s required 135-hour internship, you’ll be actively acquiring the skills you need to enhance the skills of others.


There are many internship experiences to choose from, including:

  • UNE sports team
  • Local high school sports team
  • Biddeford Youth Hockey Association
  • Dudziak’s Gymnastics
  • Girls on the Run
  • XL-Basketball
  • Global Premier Soccer
  • Mainelax Lacrosse Club

Examples of Available Courses

The following are just some of the courses you may take:

  • Sport Youth Physiology
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Training the Endurance Athlete


Program Required CoursesCredits
EXS 205 – Sports Physiology or EXS 320 – Exercise Physiology**3
EXS 312 – Foundations in Coaching3
EXS 360 – Coaching Practicum*3
SLM 340 – Athletic and Sport Administration*** (formerly SPT 340)3
Total Credits12
Select Two (2) Courses BelowCredits
ATC 101 – Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
ATC 306/PSY 345 – Sport and Exercise Psychology3
EDU 202 – Curriculum and Assessment3
EXS 180 – Motor Learning and Performance3
EXS 310 – Biomechanics and Kinesiology3
EXS 315 – Training the Endurance Athlete3
EXS 322 – Metabolism/Bioenergetics and Sport Nutrition3
EXS 340 – Strength and Conditioning3
SLM 250 – Sport and Recreational Finance Management (formerly SRM 350)3
SLM 330 – Sport Governance (formerly SPT 330)3
SLM 360 – Leadership (formerly SRM 360)3
SPE 220 – Exceptionality in the Classroom3
Total Credits6
Minimum Total Required Credits18

*Prerequisite EXS 312 and successful completion of coaching certification, CPR, and First Aid
**Prerequisite – four (4) credit Laboratory Science course
***A course substitution is allowed per permission of the Coordinator of the Coaching Minor

Students are required to earn a minimum grade of a "C" in all courses with an ATC or EXS prefix. Students are only able to retake a course one (1) time.

Students are required to pass a coaching certification and complete CPR and First Aid prior to taking the Coaching Practicum.

To learn more see the Academic Catalog.

Career Paths for Coaching Minors

If your goal is to become an athletic coach, this program puts you well on your way. In fact, you’ll graduate with the necessary qualifications, as set by the National Federation of State High School Associations, to be hired at a public school. With many coaches serving dual roles in high schools as teacher/coach, adding a minor in Coaching to your major course of study sets you apart from other job candidates. But the Coaching minor can be highly valuable in other professional roles as well. When combined with a major in another field, the transferable skills in leadership, mentoring, decision making, and problem solving that you develop in the minor will result in endless professional possibilities.

Majors That Pair Well With a Coaching Minor 

  • Sport Leadership and Management
  • Applied Exercise Science
  • Athletic Training
  • Nutrition
  • Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies
  • Education
  • Business
  • Psychology

Potential Careers

  • Coach (all levels)
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Athletic Director
  • Sport and Leisure Facility Manager
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Sport and Exercise Nutritionist
  • Sport Therapist/ Psychologist
  • Health Promotion Specialist

Coaching Careers by the Numbers


rank of sports coach among “Best Education Jobs”

U.S. News & World Report Rankings, 2022

estimated number of coaching and scouting positions in the United States

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020