Coaching Program

Career/Program Overview

The Coaching Diploma program meets the criteria for any individual who wishes to coach at the varsity level related to interscholastic sports in Minnesota. This program includes an in-depth look into philosophies, strategies and tactics for coaching any sport and providing positive experiences for student-athletes of all ages. Upon completion of this program, which includes the American Educators Sport Program certification exams, individuals successfully completing the certification exams will be placed on the national registry for coaches or officials.


General Coursework will include, but is not limited to, Coaching and Officiating Principles, Sport Psychology, Sport Nutrition for Performance, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries and sport specific physical training options, such as Strength, Agility & Quickness specific to individual sports, as well as, strategic sport specific theory. Upon completion of the program’s coursework an internship is also required.

Program/Degree Options

Coaching Diploma
Related Field Programs
Sport Management, Personal Trainer
Group Fitness Instructor

Program Start Date(s)

Students may begin coursework any semester. However not all courses are offered every semester, so students are encouraged to meet with the program advisor to plan their coursework accordingly.

Career Opportunities/Information

RCTC’s Coaching Diploma will prepare students for entry-level coaching or officiating positions. This coursework will expose students to the resources and professional networks that they will require to stay current in their profession over the length of their career.

Coaching and officiating opportunities are available at every level from youth recreational sports to interscholastic, intercollegiate and professional. This program will enable individuals to start with a solid foundation and a nationally recognized accreditation.

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Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, American Sport Educator’s Program (ASEP)

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Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.  The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at:

Overview content updated: 2018-06-01