This minor is designed to prepare future coaches to be successful in a variety of settings. The coaching minor will provide the fundamental knowledge essential for coaching sports.
This includes not only skills and strategies of specific game play, but the physiological, and psychological as well. This minor will also provide individuals the training to develop in the areas of philosophy, physical training, communication, motivation, and administrative aspects of coaching.
The coaching minor will focus on developing future coaches in areas such as:

  • Middle school and High school athletics
  • Interscholastic and Intercollegiate athletics
  • Recreation and Club Sport
  • Athletic Administration and Management
  • Fitness and Personal Training

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    The coaching minor has the ability to appeal to other majors who would like to expand their study to areas involving coaching. A minor in Coaching would allow students in other fields of study access to coursework to supplement their major studies and provide instruction not currently available in their home programs.

    Compatible Majors

    Efforts will be made to specifically market a Coaching Minor to certain students majoring in related disciplines. Considering coaching can be either full time or supplementary work, listed below are some compatible majors offered at UWG that would pair well with a Coaching Minor:

    • Accounting
    • Biology
    • Business Administration
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Health and Community Wellness
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Mass Communications
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Psychology
    • Social and Behavioral Health
    • Sociology
    • Sport Management


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required:

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    Elective Coursework

    Choose 2: 6 hours

    • PHED-4640 - Coaching the Mental Side of Sport

      Introduction of psycho-social aspects of coaching, working with athletes, and performance. Principles including arousal; visualization; self-talk; team-building; the connection between needs, thinking, and performances; motivation; and analysis of the mental processes before, during, and after performances will be presented, discussed, and explored in fictitious or real life scenarios.

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    Major Required

    Required Coursework: 10-11 hours

    • PHED-4630 - Foundations and Principles of Coaching

      This course is a comprehensive introduction to the coaching profession. A majority of the emphasis is on team and individual sports at the high school, middle school, recreational and club levels. Some emphasis is on sports at the collegiate level. The primary goal of the course is to develop and enhance students' knowledge and understanding of concepts and techniques of coaching and their application to achieving important objectives in working with athletes. The course combines sport science theory and research with the practical knowledge and methods of expert coaches in the essential categories of coaching education and professional practice. Guiding principles and practical applications are presented and thoroughly explained for several dimensions of coaching.

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    Major Selects

    2-3 of the following courses:

    • PHED-3634 - Coaching Methods: Volleyball

      Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching volleyball. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic offensive and defensive strategies.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    For a complete list of application deadlines, please visit:

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $30 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check your Application Status


    Contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Objectives
    1. Students will describe their own coaching philosophy based on educational research, while also articulating major coaching objectives and coaching styles.
    2. Students will identify the behavioral and psychological principles for effective communication between coaches and athletes.
    3. Students will develop research-based physical fitness program design and plans that incorporate all aspects of training, including the cardio-respiratory system, muscular strength and endurance, muscular power, flexibility, and nutritional recommendations.
    4. Students will describe the numerous managerial issues and challenges when planning, organizing, staffing, and directing all aspects of an athletic program.
    5. Students will evaluate the current practices and experiences of other coaches.