What does a Coach do?What does a Coach do?


A coach is involved with the required instruction and skills of, an amateur or professional sports team, needed for success at the sport they play. They improve upon an athlete's skill, form, endurance and technique by developing practice and training sessions for them to apply to the sport. They are also involved in the recruitment and scouting of potential new talent and athlete's for college or professional teams.

How to become a Coach

A bachelor's degree is usually expected in sports science, exercise, kinesiology, physiology, fitness and nutrition, sports medicine and physical education. Considerable experience and knowledge in this related career field would be wanted, however, some training is given on-the-job.

Job Description of a Coach

A coach teaches athlete's the fundamentals of the sport they play through the demonstration of the methods of participation and techniques required in the competition of the specified sport. They look for an athlete's abilities, strengths or weaknesses when considering them for recruitment.

They interact closely with the athlete's in everything from their nutrition, motivation, training requirements and their encouragement, as well as, executing physical conditioning programs in order for the athlete to achieve optimal results for performing competitively. They instruct an athlete in game strategies, rules of the sport and performance principles. They monitor an athlete and review their records in order to evaluate their fitness performance and skill and make any needed adjustments or suggestions for the player to improve in any specified area of the sport.

A coach is sure to maintain the safe and proper use of any equipment used. They remain current on technologies, rules or techniques that would concern their sport and apply any new knowledge to the game or their athlete. He or she should be skilled in instructing, judgement and decision making, learning strategies, coordination and other abilities, such as, communicating clearly so that others understand you.

The ability to inductive and deductive reason and come up with original ideas to achieve the most success on the job. A coach needs the knowledge of psychology, english language, such as, structure and content, meaning and spelling of words, grammar and rules of compostion. They also need to have knowledge of education and training and customer and personal service.

A coach works irregular hours that could include nights and weekends, as well as holidays. Travel is also required to sports events and in the search for new athletic talent.