What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College


The coaching major is intended to prepare professionals with an in-depth academic preparation for any level of coaching.

Program Information:

If you enjoy athletics and have a desire to work with young people, coaching will allow you to incorporate both of your interests into your career. As a coach, you’ll be expected to prepare your players for physical competition, motivate them and help them develop strong character and sportsmanship skills.



This major is intended to prepare professionals with an in-depth academic preparation for any level of coaching. As an Iowa Western student, you will take courses that help build a solid foundation in the art and science of coaching. Students acquire fundamental skills in sports psychology, sports physiology and coaching theory. During your time at Iowa Western, you will also complete several of your general education requirements in the areas of math, science, communication and humanities.


This program of study is designed to transfer to a four-year degree granting institution. By earning your Associate in Arts (AA) degree in coaching, you will be able to apply your credits toward a similar program at another institution and earn a bachelor’s degree.

Upon completion of your bachelor’s degree, you will be able to look for employment in a variety of settings with coaching responsibilities. Other career choices include working in a health club or as a personal trainer. The salary you can expect to earn after completing your education will vary based upon the type of position you accept.

Career Opportunities:
  • High school setting
  • Collegiate setting
  • Professional setting
  • Club sports

You can check the web site U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor and Statistics for more information.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide a safe physical environment
  • Communicate in a positive way
  • Teach the fundamental skills of the sport
  • Teach the rules of the sport
  • Direct your athletes in competition
  • Help your athletes become fit and value fitness for a lifetime
  • Help young people develop character

Iowa Western Community College has many scholarship opportunities available for new and continuing students. we encourage you to take a moment to explore these options by visiting our Scholarship Page.


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