The mission of FSU COACH is to prepare and equip the next generation of athletic coaches and sports professionals with evidence-based education and research that maximizes coaching excellence.
Coaches often receive little training and support when it comes to professional development and performance improvement. They may rely on their own experiences or the experiences they had as athletes to be successful. FSU COACH is dedicated to using research and scientific knowledge to help coaches become better at what they do so that they and their athletes are more successful within and external to their sport.
What We Do
1. Online Graduate Certificate in Athletic Coaching
This program is offered to current FSU graduate students as well as anyone external to FSU who has a college degree. Students must take three required classes and one elective class. The online certificate can be completed in one year. Click here to learn more.
Topics vary often based on grant and contract funding (i.e., we conduct projects based on what a sports organization needs help with). An ongoing project is a grant with the NCAA to develop educational support for international student-athletes.
3. Coach Development
We coach coaches by advising them on best practices for their respective level (e.g., amateur, collegiate, professional) and sport. Examples include direct instruction on specific topics, spending time with and observing the coach, or through more formal assessment methods.
4. Supporting Sport Organizations
On a broader scale, we collaborate with experts across coaching to create and run coach development programs and clinics, either online or face-to-face on requested topics.
“Having worked with youth, collegiate, and professional coaches across many sports and diverse situations, I know how valuable a resource FSU COACH can be. Although the center provides education, research, and support for coaches, I think anyone working in sports could benefit from learning how to work with and support coaches more effectively.”
Tony Katzenmeier, MS, LAT, ATC
Athletic Training / Human & Player Performance, Oklahoma City Thunder