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SPHE318 - Coaching Theory and Methodology

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE318 Course ID: 3318 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Students in this course will review Coaching Theory and Methodology within the coaching profession. They will examine theories specific sports teams, including the development of methodologies and the development of a team, principles for coaches to follow and pass on to teams, and the end of competitive careers in organized sports. Guiding questions include: What sport has done for the player and coach? Why is theory and methodology in sport important? How does leadership and strategy play a role? Students will develop a coaching philosophy that will drive their coaching theories and methods. Students will discover that teaching life lessons through sport is vital to the success of their athletes.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Course Objectives:

CO1: Develop a written coaching philosophy based off personal beliefs and principles.

CO2: Demonstrate best practices associated for handling ethical dilemmas facing coaches.

CO3: Identify methods for positive communication within the coaching profession.

CO4: Analyze how success is measured within the coaching profession.

CO5: Describe specific training methods and physical conditioning programs for athletes.

CO6: Describe the importance of being a role model for athletes in the coaching profession.

CO7: Apply strategies, theories, and methods to improve performance in the coaching profession.

CO8: Discuss strategies to work more effectively with your fellow coaches, administrators, medical personnel, officials, the parents of your players and the media.

Required Course Textbook:

Book Number


Book Title

Publication Info



Martens, Rainer

Successful Coaching

Champaign, IL:

Human Kinetics

ISBN13: 978-1450430739

Textbook in APA format:

Martens, R. (2012). Successful coaching. (4th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Required Readings:

See Course Outline

Additional Resources:

There may be other materials, including websites outside the classroom, assigned by the Instructor during the course.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the APUS academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note website addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

Positive Coaching Alliance

Book Title:Successful Coaching w/keycode, 4th ed. - the VitalSource e-book & ASEP code is provided inside the e-book
Publication Info:VS-Human Kinetics
Unit Cost:$81.55
Electronic ISBN:9781492590804
Electronic Unit Cost:$30.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.