The Coaching and Performance Science program blends cutting-edge sport/movement science and professional development to best prepare our graduates for the exciting, ever growing field of athletics and sport sciences.
CPS students develop three knowledge components through a variety of types of learning experiences, including hands-on coaching experiences.
- Interpersonal knowledge: Behaviors and tactics a person uses to interact with others effectively, including vital communication skills.
- Professional knowledge: Combining tactical sport expertise, designing developmentally appropriate training programs and pedagogical knowledge all for the purpose of increasing a person’s performance.
- Intrapersonal knowledge: Self awareness through reflective practice and critical reflection to improve one’s ability to coach.
With the growth of athletic coaching, the profession of coaching continues to become more specialized. To ensure our graduates leave with the essential professional knowledge, students will complete one of the following areas of emphasis:
Applied Sport Science
- Data driven approach to understanding athlete movement and development of sport performance
- Learn how to monitor athlete and performance assessment using various forms of technology
Coaching and Leadership
- Emphasis on adolescent development and developmental issues
- Develop leadership skills and administrative knowledge to lead a sport team and/or sport program
Strength and Conditioning
- Science of training, designing training prescriptions, and ability to coach athletes both in and out of a weight room
- Learn the knowledge and practical skills necessary to pass the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam
Tailor this major to your interests by taking one of these courses as you pursue your degree:
Designed to teach students the principles and problems of interscholastic athletic coaching.
Principles and Problems of Coaching
An administrative focus of leadership, finance, fundraising, planning, facility development, personnel supervision, public relations, rules and regulations, purchase and care of equipment and the conducting of athletic events.
Coaching Education Administration
Present basic exercise performance methodologies to assist in coaching athletics. Types of training include speed drills, agility drills, conditioning workouts, flexibility exercises, balance-improvement drills and proper training environment safety techniques.
Present optimal training for athletics of different sports in trained and untrained states. Specific protocols in resistance training and conditioning, correcting specific running and speed mechanics and agility movements.
Sport Specific Strength and Conditioning
Application of sport training theories to building, designing and assessing athlete training plans, seasonal team development and long term athlete development from physical literacy to peak performance at all participation levels.
Training Theories for Coaches
Develop and implement appropriate monitoring and training evaluation plans in sport training. Learn how to evaluate technology-based tools to allow coaches to optimizing the training process and training adjustment decisions.
Introduction to Sport Technology and Sport Science
Tailor this major to your interests by focusing your coursework in one of these areas:
Applied Sport Sciences
This area of emphasis focuses on athlete monitoring and performance assessment using various forms of technology and established sport science strategies. The sport scientist improves understanding of how athletes are responding to their training, thus helping to steer the training prescription and recovery process. Students in this area of emphasis participate in a variety of hands-on learning opportunities in the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute’s Human Performance Innovation Center, an applied sport science laboratory.
Sample courses: Sport Science and Technology, Applied Sport Science Statistics
Coaching and Leadership
Is your professional goal to lead a sport program? This area of emphasis is for you. Courses focus on the development of sport-specific expertise, underlying scientific content knowledge as well as the essential interpersonal and intrapersonal skills necessary for quality teaching and leadership within the sport context. The program will challenge you to focus on your personal professional foundation and ongoing development through the integration of applied sport science and hands-on application in coaching.
Sample courses: Athletic Coaching Administration, Principles of Leadership
Strength and Conditioning
If your professional goal is to be a strength coach, this is your path. This concentration of courses focuses on the science of training, designing training prescriptions and the ability to coach, both in and out of a weight room. You will develop strength and conditioning skills and learn how to teach these skills to peers, as well as how to administer different strength and power tests in our instructional performance lab. You'll gain the knowledge and practical skills necessary to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam.
Sample courses: Sport Specific Strength and Conditioning, Strength and Conditioning Coaching Techniques
Take advantage of special options related to this major:
Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first-
and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.