Athletic Coaching Minor

The Athletic Coaching Minor Allows You To:

  • Coach in a school setting.
  • Learn wellness/fitness, science of exercise, coaching psychology, and designing exercise programs.
  • Meet coaching requirements of the New York State Department of Education.

Athletic Coaching Minor (19 credits)

To coach in a high school setting, the New York State Education Department requires a coaching candidate to have completed the following courses: Philosophy, Principles and Organization of Athletics in Education; Care, Prevention of Athletic Injuries; and a coaching course. In addition all coaches are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid. PED420, PED335 and our coaching courses are approved to meet these requirements by New York State Department of Education.

The athletic coaching minor builds upon these courses to prepare students who want to coach in a school setting by providing additional knowledge in the areas of wellness/fitness, science of exercise, coaching psychology and designing exercise programs. This minor is an excellent addition for students majoring in education or students majoring in other fields who would like to work with youth sports beyond their professional field.

Additional Information

New York State requires all applicants for teaching, coaching, counseling, and administrative certification (provisional and permanent) to have taken a certified course in Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting. HED310 meets this requirement. Champlain Valley Educational Services also holds Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting workshops for a minimal fee.

Program Requirements

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the sports and wellness program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Larry Soroka, Chair
Office: 102 Broad St.
Phone: (518) 564-5292
Email: laurence.soroka@plattsburgh.edu