What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College



Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.

Number of Majors: 47
Average Class Size: 25
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

Coaching can be a rewarding vocation, but to be the best coach possible, you’ll want the best training available – you can get that by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Coaching program. Successful candidates of this program will be awarded an Associate of Arts degree and become authorized coaches in Iowa or Nebraska.

This program focuses on coaching theory and is designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, where graduates can work towards completing a bachelor’s degree.

As a student at Iowa Western, you will take courses that help build a solid foundation in both the art and science of coaching, including athletic conditioning, weight training, officiating, and care and prevention of athletic injuries. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete internships that will allow you to choose the sport that interests you most. With small class sizes, you will benefit from one-on-one interaction with instructors and coaches.

Career Information

This program is designed for students intending to transfer on to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year degree. Coaches prepare players for physical competition and also motivate them to develop character and sportsmanship skills. Coaches at the high school level and higher need a minimum of a bachelor's degree in education, physical education, or a related discipline. Upon earning a bachelor’s degree in the education field, graduates are eligible for employment as a teacher with coaching responsibilities. Other choices include working in a health club or a personal trainer.


* Minimum of a Bachelor's degree is necessary for employment in this area.

* Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa