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School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management - George Mason University

Prepare for a career in coaching at all age and ability levels.

This certificate prepares students for a career in coaching. Effective development of athletes requires the coach to blend state-of-the-art knowledge about training, skill development, and management in order to optimize each athlete’s progress. The blend is essential and unique to coaching. This certificate provides the requisite blend.

Faculty bring substantial coaching experience at all levels – from beginners through Olympic and professional athletes. They are also engaged with creating and implementing new knowledge that enables coaching to remain innovative, competitive, and successful. Their unique experience and expertise are integrated into the certificate coursework.

Theoretically-grounded content forms the basis to develop advanced skills that can be applied across a variety of coaching situations and settings. This certificate is often paired with a teaching degree or sport management degree.

This certificate prepares students to be effective coaches. Students develop leadership skills, engage in intercultural activities, and build their network of sport professionals. This certificate prepares students to be effective coaches. Students develop leadership skills, engage in intercultural activities, and build their network of sport professionals. Students develop knowledge and skills in legal issues in the coaching environment, the psychology of coaching, theoretical models of coaching, and methods for athlete development. Elective courses provide expertise in the business of youth sport, data analytics, and practical applications through projects and internships with successful coaches.