What Does A Coach Do?

A coach helps an individual or team to be more successful by organizing practices, planning strategies, working with individuals on their weaknesses, identifying recruits for the team, and motivating players to do their best.

How Do I Become A Coach?

A four-year bachelor’s degree is generally required. Earning a degree in exercise science, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and fitness, physical education, or sports medicine may be very helpful in getting a job. Generally, coaches have also had experience playing whatever game they are coaching at a competitive level. Coaches in high schools often have to meet the same criteria as teachers, so they may have a degree in education or they may have had to take a certain number of education courses.

What is the Average Salary For A Coach?

High – 71,000
Median – 31,000
Low – 18,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Coach?

  • English – As much as possible!
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible
  • Math
  • Communication
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology

What Is The Work Environment For A Coach?

Coaches typically work at all levels of the educational system where there are competitive sports, especially high school and college. This job usually requires working nights and weekends. Many high school coaches only do this part-time.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Coach?

The job outlook for this position looks good in lower levels over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. There will likely be a lot of competition for these positions at higher levels (e.g., college) because they are limited in number.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degree Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Coach?