Coaching Science Minor

The Coaching Science minor through the Health and Human Performance Department is for students who intend to coach community, team, or individual sports as a career or as a volunteer. The minor is also recommended for those who want to gain knowledge for their personal benefit or work in a rehabilitative health career such as physical or occupational therapy.


A minor in Coaching Science complements any SPU major with the addition of an understanding of human body mechanics, exercise physiology, and the pedagogy necessary to teach team and individual sports.

In the Coaching Science minor, you will develop a foundation of essential coaching skills in a variety of sports areas and knowledge in related topics such as athletic training, sport management, and sport science. You will also apply this knowledge and coaching skill set during an Exercise Science Practicum.

Course and Degree Requirements

Courses in this minor include “Exercise Physiology,” “Biomechanics,” “Responding to Emergencies,” and “Teaching Team and Individual Sports,” as well as a two-credit practicum. The practicum involves practical coaching experience at various levels. You will take at least 46 credits to earn a minor in Coaching Science, including 15 upper-division credits.

Prior to be accepted to this minor, you must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in at least 9 credits taken at SPU applicable to this minor. Review all the requirements for a minor in Coaching Science.

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JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner

Why I Teach at SPU

JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner, Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance

“I teach at SPU because of my experiences with the students, the student athletes, and my colleagues. I have enjoyed every single minute — and every moment has been a valuable learning experience for me, too.”