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The Coaching program is dedicated to producing well qualified sport coaches.  TWU is seeking to prepare men and women coaches to be high level professionals in their field.  This program is founded on the need to prepare, at the graduate level, quality coaches for leadership roles to meet the challenging demands of coaching in the 21st century.  The program is a 36-hour, non-thesis option curriculum emphasizing the development of skills, techniques and concepts necessary to become a master coach.  The program is taught online. Electives and culminating experiences can be sport specific and directly related to your professional development in your sport, i.e. Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, etc… For example, TWU has a long standing relationship with the Women’s Fast Pitch Softball Association whereby our softball coach graduates have incorporated their professional affiliation workshops into electives and/or culminating experience courses. We can also work with you in your sport to make similar arrangements.

How To Apply

Contact Dr. David Nichols, The Kinesiology Graduate Program Coordinator at TWU, at, and he can send you an email with the forms you will need to apply for Graduate Admission at TWU.

Kinesiology/Coaching Degree Program

(36 credit hours (hrs): 6  hrs. kinesiology core; 21 hrs. coaching core;  6 hrs. electives, & 3 hrs. culminating research experience.)

All courses are offered online.  See Course Descriptions, and Course Rotation Schedule Below. 

Required Kinesiology Core (2 courses, 6 credit hours)

  • KINS 5023. Methods of Research. Types of research; development of research designs; procedures for collection and treatment of data; application of introductory statistics for planning research designs, analyzing data, and interpreting findings; critical analysis of research. Credit: Three hours.
  • KINS 5033. Applied Statistical Principles. Statistical principles and their applications to problems in kinesiology and other related areas.  Credit: Three hours.

Required Coaching Core (7 courses, 21 credit hours)

  • KINS 5203. Theory of Coaching. Theoretical base with practical application for teaching sport and sport skills; sport coaching responsibilities including developing a coaching philosophy and establishing an effective coaching style; effective communication, management skills, skill development, sport physiology and productive planning. Designed for coaches at all levels and for all sports. Credit: Three hours.
  • KINS 5243. Sport Injury Prevention and First Aid. Recognition and emergency treatment of sports injuries; roles, responsibilities and limitations of coaches concerning sport injuries; prevention of and response to sports injury; developing a medical emergency plan. Credit: Three hours.
  • KINS 5253. Organization and Administration for Effective Team Management
  • KINS 5263. Sport Psychology. Sport psychology principles utilized in a coaching environment; enhancing athletic performance through psychological assessment and goal setting; coach-athlete relationships; various psychological problems of athletes. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • KINS 5273. Sport Conditioning and Nutrition. Planning and monitoring strength and conditioning training programs by coaches; development of resistance training programs to improve sport performance; nutritional concepts tailored for athletes in any sport. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
  • KINS 5293. Technical Skills Analysis. Sport skill analysis; use of biomechanical principles to analytical sport movement; effective communication, feedback, and cues for skill teaching. Credit: Three hours.
  • KINS 5303. Coaching Tactical Skills. Competitive tactics and strategies for all sports; analysis of tactical skills and games approach strategies; developing effective practice plans; developing effective decision making for athletes. Credit: Three hours.

Electives (6 credit hours; Must be approved by Program Director)

                Typically these electives are courses from our online sport management curriculum, but, they can also be from our Adapted Physical Activity, and other programs as well.  Dr. Mann also offers every year  a three credit hour  summer session one (May Term)  course that is a coaching practicum onsite at the USA Paralympic Training Center in Edmond, Oklahoma that can be used as an elective.   Another exciting opportunity for an elective that Dr. Mann has offered is the International Sport Coaching Practicum that was conducted in the Dominican Republic in the Summer 1 term of 2013, and will be offered again in the Spring of 2015 to an international site yet to be determined. Most of that course will be online with a one week intensive at the selected site over Spring Break, 2015.

Culminating Research Experience (3 credits)

  • KINS 5973 Professional Paper and Project or
  • KINS 5903  Case Analysis, or  
  • KINS 5123 Professional Affiliation

Master's in Kinesiology Coaching Course Rotation Schedule (Online/Every Year)

Fall:  KINS 5263-Sport Psychology,   KINS 5273-Sport Conditioning and Nutrition,  KINS 5293-Technical Skill Analysis. 

Spring: KINS 5303-Coaching Tactical Skills,  KINS 5903-Case Analysis.  ELECTIVE: KINS 5903- International Coaching Practicum (mostly online), or  any online graduate sport management/ sport marketing course.

Summer 1 (May): ELECTIVE:  KINS 5903-Coaching Practicum (USA Paralympic Training Center) 5 days  in Oklahoma, 17 days online.

---------  To finish in 12-13 months, it is best to start in Summer 2, and Finish in Summer 3 of the following year, taking one research course each of the two Summer 3 (July) sessions in which you are enrolled.  You may certainly take longer (2 to 3 years), but, 12-13 months is the f astest track that we have..-----------

Summer 2 (June): KINS 5203-Coaching Theory,   KINS 5253-Org. and Admin. for Effective Team Management.

Summer 3 (July): KINS 5023-Research Methods,   KINS 5033-Applied Statistical Principles,  KINS 5243-Sports Injury Prevention & First Aid.

*KINS 5123-If you choose this culminating research experience, Professional Affiliation Can be taken any semester (with program director approval)

*KINS 5023-Research Methods & KINS 5033-Applied Statistical Principles are also offered ON CAMPUS in the fall/spring. 

For More Information Contact: Mark Mann, Ph.D.

Mark Mann, Ph.D.

Mark Mann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Sport Coaching
Office: PH 208K
(940) 898-2578

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