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Coaching: General Principles and Fundamentals

3 Credits
Being a successful coach is an enormous challenge. The expectations of today's coaches are higher than ever. This course prepares the modern coach by teaching the principles of coaching based on the sport sciences, and the wisdom of successful coaches. Emphasis on the coach's professional development specific to the overall requirements for success in the coaching profession will be the focus. This course encourages the coach to think about the various elements required to function effectively as an administrator, leader, and psychologist. The ability to successfully organize, lead, motivate, and evaluate is foundational for success in the coaching profession. The course activities are engaging and applicable, meet national standards, allowing the coach to more fully develop those elements and skills beyond simply the teaching and knowledge of sports fundamentals.

NOTE: Required book and online content must be acquired separately.

This course is applicable towards the Coaching For Excellence Certificate.

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Dr. Dennis Janzen

I have been graciously blessed to have a coaching and administrative career in competitive athletics that has spanned over 40 years. Seeing someone do something they had never thought possible is the ultimate joy. Many years ago, a wise person told me that, “Players will do what you train them to do.” I’ve never forgotten that…and for many years, that simple but powerful philosophy has shaped how I coach, lead and teach. What really allows people to attempt to master difficult, challenging tasks when the risks of failure are strong? What keeps people persisting after they have experienced failure? How can a coach or leader create an environment in which the drive to succeed is greater than the fear of failure? These are very common challenges. I’ve been blessed to coach a wide range of athletes – from Olympians to young ten year olds. My goal is to create the best learning experiences possible for people who wish to grow in the area of athletics coaching and administration.