University Catalog 2023-2024

Coaching Education (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour minor in coaching education designed to prepare students to assume coaching responsibilities with a sound theoretical and practical background. The minor provides students with a foundation of essential coaching skills; (a) the basic knowledge, understanding, and application of coaching philosophy, sport psychology, and effective teaching techniques; (b) the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, and exercise science and the practical application to coaching; (c) injury prevention, risk management, and the treatment of sport-related injuries; (d) theories and techniques necessary to plan, organize, and implement sport programs; (e) and a demonstration of motor skills and strategies involved in coaching specific sports.

Recent practicum experiences have included:

  • Assistant varsity lacrosse coach at Sanderson High School
  • Assistant coach at the Raleigh Swimming Association
  • Assistant soccer coach at Wake FC Soccer Club
  • Assistant swim coach at Athens Drive Magnet High School
  • Assistant soccer coach at Cardinal Gibbons High School
  • Varsity wide receiver assistant coach and JV football special teams coordinator at Green Hope High School

For more information about this program, visit our ​website.


Department of Health and Exercise Studies
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8111
Raleigh, NC 27695-8111

Suzanne Williams, M.A.
Lecturer and Coaching Education Minor Coordinator
North Carolina State University, Box 8111
1175G Wellness and Recreation Center
Raleigh, NC 27695-8111
919.515.3361 (main)

Plan Requirements

  • The Coaching Education minor requires the completion of 16 credit hours
  • Students will complete six credit hours from the three required courses
  • Students will complete 10 credit hours from eleven elective courses
  • All minor program courses must be taken for a letter grade
  • Students must obtain a grade of “C-” or better in each of the required and elective courses
  • Students must complete HESM 370 Foundations of Sport Coaching and Instruction, HESM 477 Coaching Concepts, and six credits from the sport science electives category before taking HESM 301 Coaching Practicum
  • A minimum 10 credit hours must be completed at NC State (including the practicum)
Required Credits
HESM 301Coaching Practicum1
HESM 370Foundations of Sport Coaching and Instruction2
HESM 477Coaching Concepts3
Select six credits of the following:6
Athletic Training
Motor Learning and Sport Performance
Exercise Physiology and Sports Science
Select four credits of the following:4
Coaching Baseball/Softball
Coaching Basketball
Coaching Football
Coaching Golf
Coaching Soccer
Coaching Tennis
Coaching Volleyball
Strength Training and Conditioning
Total Hours16