Athletic coaches exist in a variety of organizations, from high schools to universities; workload and pay vary greatly depending on the employer. The athletic coach's daily work includes teaching and instructing athletes during practices and games. Knowledge of the sport is highly important to be effective. Positions for school teams often require the coach’s to ensure students are performing in the classroom as well, which may involve coordinating with teaching staff and tutors. Other activities include attending clinics and participating in related functions ranging from community involvement to budget meetings.
The athletic coach's work environment typically consists of outside field work, gym supervision, and an office environment. Hours vary depending on the level of athletes, sport, and position, with some positions requiring year-round, daily work. Many positions require communication with parents, communities, and staff to maintain good relationships. Additionally, the work environment may be stressful, especially in the case of programs that expect immediate success in terms of team performance.
Higher-level positions, especially those at the university level, generally require a bachelor’s degree in fields such as exercise science, sports management, or another related to physical education. Although not usually required, preference may be given to individuals with a master’s degree. Organizations hiring for higher-level athletic coach positions generally only hire individuals with extensive experience coaching at a similar level.
Athletic Coach Tasks
Mentor athletes around physical, leadership, and strategic aspects of sports.
Oversee and coach sports teams, including setting rosters and schedules.
Instruct students in rules, deportment, and physical training.
Complete paperwork documenting attendance, scores, problems and equipment inventory.