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Theory of Coaching (EDMA 171)

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Course Overview

Technology Requirements:
For this course you will need access to:

  • Adobe Acrobat or similar pdf reader
  • Microsoft Word

Students will receive a link to download course documents in a confirmation email sent via our registration system after paying for the course. Please look for this email.

3 Semester Hours of Graduate Credit
You have up to one YEAR to complete the course!

Theory of Coaching offers video segments that reveal the differences in various levels of competitive sport. Presenters point out the professional and personal roles all coaches must exhibit, and they offer some practical advice about how to use these roles to make the sporting experience a positive one for all.

Segments include:

  • Discover how a coach's self-awareness is essential to responsibilities in various athletic competitive arenas.
  • Present and promote the youth sport athletes "Bill of Rights."
  • Investigate the health related and skill related components of physical fitness.
  • Apply the eight exercise physiology principles of physical training.
  • Investigate the relationship between arousal and motor performance in athletic settings
  • Identify how relaxing and energizing techniques help regulate arousal for optimal athletic performance.
  • Recognize emerging issues in sport law and health.

The videos in this course are provided in a streaming video format. The study guide and a separate downloadable document include links and access information.


Please Note: This course does not require any textbook purchase. 


Tara VanDerveer, Head Women's Basketball Coach, Stanford University
Head Coach of the Gold Medal-Winning 1996 Olympic Team

Dr. Jan Coakley, Sociology Professor, Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure, University of Colorado

Karlos Kirby, Olympic Athlete

Ricardo Patton, Head Men's Basketball Coach, University of Colorado

Rob Ash, Head Football Coach, Drake University

Lynn King, Former Athletic Director, Drake University

George Wares, Head Softball Coach, Central College, Pella Iowa

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