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Athletic Coaching Minor

As an athletic coaching minor at Whitworth, you will be exposed to the latest research in sport psychology, injury care and prevention, and the legal and administrative aspects of coaching. Mentorship from professors, hands-on simulations and guest lectures from professionals in the field will help you develop a strong foundation for a career in coaching. 

Why minor in athletic coaching at Whitworth?

  • Gain hands-on experience through case studies, coaching observations, practice planning and in-class coaching exercises.
  • Network with and learn from professionals in the field. Gain firsthand knowledge from guest presenters and opportunities to interview coaches and athletes.
  • Connect your faith or worldview with your studies. You'll confront ethical coaching dilemmas, develop biblical coaching principles and hear from guest speakers who put their faith into practice daily on the field.
  • Prepare for your career through internships. Explore your options, gain valuable experience and make connections with employers.
  • Get to know your professors and peers. Professors are intentional about creating community, and small class sizes support students both academically and professionally.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our athletic coaching grads make a difference (and get jobs)

The athletic coaching minor prepares students to become athletic coaches at any level. With the growth and popularity of sports, especially youth sports, the demand for trained athletic coaches is higher than ever.

Recent placements include:

  • Sam Aswegan, graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach, Southern Illinois University
  • Katherine Melka, cheer coach and P.E. teacher, Mead High School
  • Shawna Korshavn, volleyball coach, Eastlake High School
  • Gavin Horst, firefighter/paramedic, Spokane County Fire District 9
  • Alexa Lindgren, assistant volleyball coach and softball coach, Walla Walla Community College

Our recent athletic coaching grads further their studies in top graduate programs at institutions including:

  • University of Washington
  • University of Illinois
  • Washington State University
  • University of Nebraska
  • Creighton University
  • Weber State University

Ask our faculty

Ask Kirk

Professor Kirk Westre is chair of the kinesiology & athletics department. He specializes in sports psychology, teacher preparation, sports sociology and coaching education.

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