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Bachelor's Degree in Coaching

You have a spirit for leadership, one that excels at helping others learn new skills, grow in aptitude, and achieve success on the court, at the track, or in the training room. You are at your best when you help others be at theirs—whatever the sport, whatever the goal. 


Mission and Goals

The Coaching degree program is designed to give students the tools they need to pursue a wide variety of careers in sports, including coaching, scouting and athletic administration. The purpose of the Health, Exercise and Sport Science (HESS) Department is to develop competent professionals who are able to integrate content knowledge and practical application skills appropriate to the setting. These coaching professionals will learn effective management, evaluative, analytical, and communication skills to successfully navigate various situations.

Upon completion of this undergraduate coaching degree program, graduates will be able to:

  • Further your studies with a four-year degree program or apply to graduate school
  • Meet requirements for professional positions in the field of sports and athletics
  • Effectively communicate competence related to HESS content

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Do You Love Coaching? 

At University of the Cumberlands, we understand you have a gift, a natural ability to coach. We offer a number of coaching degree programs to help you develop it. Take our Bachelor of Science in Coaching degree program.  It’s designed to help you make the most of your natural coaching ability. From innovations in technology to tips on improving your communication skills, our program is packed with the insights, information, and practical tactics you need to be the best coach you can be. 

The curriculum for this specialized degree program covers a wide range of coaching essentials. Coursework for your coaching degree program can include:

  • Coaching and Leadership
  • Health, Exercise and Sport Science
  • Growth and Movement Development
  • Officiating Games
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Plus, our expert faculty of industry leaders truly care about your success. They’ll work with you to help you customize the electives for your degree program so that they fit your coaching career goals. This way, upon graduation from our bachelor’s degree in coaching program, you’ll have a strong foundation in both the academic and practical areas of coaching.

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Coaching Degree Requirements 

Bachelor of Science in Coaching Major (Non-Teaching)

The bachelor's degree in coaching requires 37 semester hours in the following coaching major courses:

Three hours of HESS/ESS electives

Minor in Coaching

The coaching minor requires 24 semester hours in the following coaching courses:

Associate of Science with a Major in Coaching

24 semester hours as follows:

Six hours of HESS/ESS electives

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Your campus-based bachelor’s degree in Coaching, along with relevant industry experience, will give you the training and confidence you need to pursue mentoring and coaching careers in any organized sport, including positions as a:

  • Head Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Rec Center Manager
  • Sports Director
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Sports Management Professor


The skills you’ll receive in this online undergraduate degree program from UC will help you pursue a coaching position in the sport or field you’re passionate about. In 2021, the annual median salary was $38,970. And the job outlook for coaches and scouts, as a field, is looking up — expected to grow 26% over the next decade, faster than most other career fields.


If you’re interested in helping a larger audience achieve greater levels of fitness, meet self-improvement goals or train health advocates to help others, you could continue your education and pursue a career in postsecondary education. With a 2021 median annual salary of $79,640, employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade.


Coupled with relevant experience and a solid foundation of communication and professional skills, an Online Bachelor’s Degree in Coaching from University of the Cumberlands could give you the foundation you need to pursue a number of careers in and out of team sports or athletics, including:"26 Percent"  Projected Growth Rate for Coaches and Scouts by 20301

1Coaches and Scouts
2Postsecondary Teachers

And, with more than 63,900 additional coaching and scouting jobs expected to open up by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career opportunities just keep coming.

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More Information on Coaching Degree


Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 


Click here to view University of the Cumberlands' accreditation information.


Having the right professors to guide you on your journey through school and coaching is important. Meet the faculty for the Bachelor in Coaching Degree

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Let a bachelor’s degree in coaching from University of the Cumberlands help you-and your athletes-prepare for a better life in sports. Contact us to talk about our test-optional college admissions process, scholarship opportunities, and more! Fill out the form on this page to learn how.

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A University of the Cumberlands degree prepares you for the rigors of the professional world.  Click the button to learn more about the exciting career opportunities you can pursue with this program.