Coaching Major

Coaching’s key attributes are strong teaching skills, motivation to work hard and excellent communication. At SUNY Cortland, you’ll hone your ability to teach athletic skills, learn how to provide generalized fitness training and encourage athletes to excel in physical and competitive environments. Athletes and coaches motivate each other to perform at higher levels; their relationship demands commitment, awareness and dedication.

Career Potential

  • Professional and collegiate sports
  • Secondary and intermediate schools
  • Occupational settings

What Will I Learn?

  • Use your knowledge of physiology, nutrition and corrective techniques to help players improve their game
  • Help motivate players to reach their goals
  • Develop personal relationships with players
  • Plan and oversee practices
  • Instruct groups or individuals in the basics of sports
  • Demonstrate techniques
  • Find and recruit potential athletes, often arranging athletic scholarships
  • Negotiate contracts with pro athletes and their representativesA coach leads the Cortland football team onto the field.

Special Features

  • Practical experience in the coaching field
  • Get a chance to work in studies with faculty and your colleagues
  • Clubs that will help immerse you in your study through fieldwork
  • Study abroad in England, Germany and Australia

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with extracurricular opportunities: Practicum experiences, research projects with faculty and participation in service-learning opportunities in the community are just a few of the ways to be involved.

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Next Steps

Contact Us

Main Office: Professional Studies Building, Room 1164
Phone: 607-753-4300

Fast Facts

  • The SUNY Cortland Kinesiology Department is a member of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA)
  • The four majors in the Kinesiology Department represent one of the largest undergraduate enrollments for a department at SUNY Cortland.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 124


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Outstanding Senior Student in Sport Studies/Coaching

See all scholarship opportunities

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