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Retired Southern Miss baseball coach Corky Palmer leads his last team to Collegiate World Series.

Sport Coaching Education

If you strive to be a coach who inspires and motivates, the sport coaching education degree at Southern Miss is for you.

Why is Sport Coaching Education Important?

Being a coach is more than blowing whistles and calling plays. To be a great coach requires continual development of a unique skill set so you can truly motivate athletes.

Majoring in sport coaching education will develop your ability to lead successful teams.


The sport coaching education degree will prepare you to coach in a variety of sport settings. As a sport coaching education major, you will study coaching methodology, sport psychology, and human performance.

Four methodology courses taught by distinguished coaches and 240 hours of the program are in an applied setting.

As a sport coaching education major, you must also pursue either a dual-degree with K-12 physical education licensure, a minor in a Praxis II content area, or complete a second major in a teacher education program. This will help your eligibility for future jobs. (Praxis II refers to a content knowledge exam that is required for individuals pursuing teacher certification in the state of Mississippi.)

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree available with this major.

More about this Major


Coaches help athletes in all aspects of development, preparing them to enjoy and succeed in events and competition. Coaches typically organize practices, prepare strategies for competition, and motivate athletes. They also develop strength and conditioning and mental skills training programs, enabling athletes to reach their maximum performance potential.

Example Career Settings:

  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Recreational facilities
  • Nonprofit organizations
The sport coaching education degree at Southern Miss is one of few programs in the country recognized and accredited Level III by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE).
The sport coaching education degree at Southern Miss is one of the first in country specifically dedicated to coaching.

Courses You Might Take

KIN 204: Introduction to Sport Coaching / Technology

Students discussing a topic during their KIN 204 class.

An overview of the history, foundation, technology and career opportunities in sport coaching

KIN 377: Social Foundations and Issues in Sport Coaching

Students discussing a topic during their KIN 377 class.

An exploration of the social, cultural, and philosophical issues that shape the sport environment and affect the role of the sport coach

KIN 409: Sport Psychology

A student poster on the dangers of hazing

The analysis and study of human behavior patterns as they relate to sport-related performance

KIN 470: Development of Strength and Conditioning Programs

LIfting weights

The development and administration of strength, endurance, flexibility, speed and agility programs

Meet Some of Your Professors

Dr. Melissa Thompson

Associate Professor 

Favorite Course: KIN 675: Advanced Sport Coaching Methodology

Dr. Laurie Neelis


Favorite Course: KIN 204: Introduction to Sport Coaching

Dr. Anthony Smith

Visiting Instructor

Favorite Course: KIN 470: Strength and Conditioning

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