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The Coaching program is dedicated to producing well qualified sport coaches.  TWU is seeking to prepare men and women coaches to be high level professionals in their field.  This program is founded on the need to prepare, at the graduate level, quality coaches for leadership roles to meet the challenging demands of coaching in the 21st century.  The program is a 36-hour, non-thesis option curriculum emphasizing the development of skills, techniques and concepts necessary to become a master coach.  The program is taught online. Electives and culminating experiences can be sport specific and directly related to your professional development in your sport, i.e. Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, etc… For example, TWU has a long standing relationship with the Women’s Fast Pitch Softball Association whereby our softball coach graduates have incorporated their professional affiliation workshops into electives and/or culminating experience courses. We can also work with you in your sport to make similar arrangements.

How To Apply

Contact Dr. David Nichols, The Kinesiology Graduate Program Coordinator at TWU, at, and he can send you an email with the forms you will need to apply for Graduate Admission at TWU.

Degree Program (36 hours)

All courses are offered online.

Required Kinesiology Core (2 courses, 6 credit hours)

  • KINS 5023. Methods of Research. Types of research; development of research designs; procedures for collection and treatment of data; application of introductory statistics for planning research designs, analyzing data, and interpreting findings; critical analysis of research. Credit: Three hours.
  • KINS 5033. Applied Statistical Principles. Statistical principles and their applications to problems in kinesiology and other related areas.  Credit: Three hours.

Required Coaching Core (7 courses, 21 credit hours)

  • KINS 5203. Theory of Coaching. Theoretical base with practical application for teaching sport and sport skills; sport coaching responsibilities including developing a coaching philosophy and establishing an effective coaching style; effective communication, management skills, skill development, sport physiology and productive planning. Designed for coaches at all levels and for all sports. Credit: Three hours.
  • KINS 5243. Sport Injury Prevention and First Aid. Recognition and emergency treatment of sports injuries; roles, responsibilities and limitations of coaches concerning sport injuries; prevention of and response to sports injury; developing a medical emergency plan. Credit: Three hours.
  • KINS 5253. Organization and Administration for Effective Team Management
  • KINS 5263. Sport Psychology. Sport psychology principles utilized in a coaching environment; enhancing athletic performance through psychological assessment and goal setting; coach-athlete relationships; various psychological problems of athletes. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • KINS 5273. Sport Conditioning and Nutrition. Planning and monitoring strength and conditioning training programs by coaches; development of resistance training programs to improve sport performance; nutritional concepts tailored for athletes in any sport. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • KINS 5293. Technical Skills Analysis. Sport skill analysis; use of biomechanical principles to analytical sport movement; effective communication, feedback, and cues for skill teaching. Credit: Three hours.
  • KINS 5303. Coaching Tactical Skills. Competitive tactics and strategies for all sports; analysis of tactical skills and games approach strategies; developing effective practice plans; developing effective decision making for athletes. Credit: Three hours.

Electives (6 credit hours; Must be approved by Program Director)

Culminating Experience (3 credits)

  • KINS 5973 Professional Paper and Project or
  • KINS 5903 Special Topic.  Case Analysis in Sport

For More Information Contact: Mark Mann, Ph.D.

Mark Mann, Ph.D.

Mark Mann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Sport Coaching
Office: PH 208K
(940) 898-2578

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