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SPHE417 - Leadership Concepts in Coaching

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE417 Course ID: 3337 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will introduce Coaching Leadership on a sports level but show how that leadership can relate to personal, business and everyday successes for individuals. Creating success in the sports arena, a leader has to communicate, to bring a set of individuals together to accomplish one common goal. To be a good leader and coach, one must motivate teamwork and reveal the powerful characteristics of success. Leadership can be universal and used in any walk of life. Coaches are faced with many hurdles to overcome on different levels. The best coaches are able to work through these barriers and develop systems that bring teammates together with a common purpose. Course objectives will be reached by means of selected case studies and focused assignments, reinforced by study of proven coaching leaders.

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: Describe major components involved in the leadership of coaching.

CO2: Develop a coaching philosophy reflective of core values, beliefs, and expectations.

CO3: Demonstrate methods for establishing team chemistry.

CO4: Explain effective ways to handle adversity as a coach and as a team.

CO5: Describe the value of mentorship in coaching.

CO6: Identify communication strategies for coaches to increase positive publicity and decrease negative publicity for their team.

CO7: Express the value of leadership, responsibility, ethics, dignity, and integrity for coaches.

CO8: Describe how you measure success for coaches, teams, and athletes.

Please visit and search by the course number (ex: LITR210) to access your required resources.

Textbook in APA format:

Krzyzewski, Mike. (2000). Leading with the Heart: Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life. New York, NY: Warner Books

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 university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note website addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

Kudda Instructional Videos

Coach K’s Official Site

Coach John Wooden’s Official Site

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.