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Athletic Coaching, minor

Program Overview

Are sports and the arena of competition somewhere you thrive? Do you love a particular sport and desire to teach it to others? If so, a minor in athletic coaching could be a great complement to your career goals.

Pursuing a minor in athletic coaching will allow you to develop and practically apply the skill, strategy, and play of team sports from a participation and coaching perspective. You will gain new insights into important life skills like successful teamwork, personal accountability, and the development of positive self-esteem. Additional opportunities to engage in content such as developing and managing an athletic team, learning tactical and technical instruction, game management, and understanding game officiating will prepare you for any level of coaching.

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Jay Johnson

For Jay Johnson, head coach of the University of Arizona baseball team, The Wildcats, PLNU will always be “home base.” Johnson earned his B.A. in Physical Education at PLNU in 2001 and went on to earn a Master’s in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific.

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Are you ready to take the next step to begin your PLNU journey? Whether you’re a high school senior, college transfer student, or international student, find out what we’re looking for in our applicants and how you can apply.

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

The public demand for healthier lifestyle options has resulted in increased job opportunities for those specializing in coaching and exercise instructing. PLNU's athletic coaching minors are professionals armed with the knowledge and expertise to teach, inspire, manage, referee, and train athletes for peak performance. Alumni have combined their passions for sports and maximizing human potential into work opportunities with professional, collegiate, and high school sports teams; recreational and competitive sports clubs; fitness centers; gyms; and health clubs.

A minor in athletic coaching can help lead to a variety of careers, including the following:

  • Head Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Referee
  • Youth Sports Director
  • Umpire
  • Professional Scout
  • Sports and Fitness Instructor
  • Physical Education Teacher
Ryan Garcia Playing Baseball

Ryan Garcia: Fueled by Faith

From only baseball to God and baseball, read about PLNU alum and current Seattle Mariner Ryan Garcia's (17) journey of playing baseball and finding God at PLNU.

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