Even with the most talented athletes, games can be won or lost based on the skills of a coach.  A successful coach not only motivates its athletes, they also know how to safely train and prepare them for practices and competitions. Through OCC's Career Advantage program, you will attain knowledge in athletics psychology and coaching theory, and gain the skills needed to succeed through practical application. Athletics coaches serve at a variety of skill levels, including as assistant or head coaches to amateur or professional athletes. Read on to learn more about this growing field.

A sampling of courses for these careers

  • First Aid & CPR
  • Sports Medicine
  • Techniques & Theory of Coaching Athletes
  • Coaching Internship
  • Sports Management
  • Mental Performance & Exercise Psychology

Did you know?

Employment of coaches and scouts is projected to grow 12 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations,
according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete our certificate program, and you'll be well-prepared to enter a career in athletics coaching.

Athletics Coaching

Prepares students to be able to actively serve as an assistant or head coach through the application of what is learned in exercise and athletic psychology, coaching theory, and the coaching practicum where theory-based methods are observed and practiced in supervised observations. View program detail in course catalog.

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Our Team

Katie Ottoson
Katie Ottoson, M.S.
Counselor, CTE and
Career Services