Cohort Course Sequence

The Coaching Education and Athlete Development program is a two-year, online cohort program. One cohort begins in January and concludes in December of year two, with the second cohort beginning in July and concluding in May of year two. While most engagements are virtual, there are two residency experiences on Xavier University's campus or at another unique complex during the two-year program. These residency experiences range from two to five days.

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The program offers a unique cohort model in which students progress through the two-year course sequence together. Participants have the opportunity to interact with others in the cohort with diverse perspectives and build a solid network of professional colleagues that pays dividends for years to come.

Also, with the cohort model, the course sequencing and registration is seamless. All students take the same courses throughout the program.

Course Sequence 

Course Information Course Number Credit Hours

Year 1


Psycho-social Aspects of Coaching 
This course provides an introduction to the historical, sociological, cultural and psychological aspects of sport and coaching in society, and how it relates to individuals, groups and organizations.

SPMG 570  3
Sport Ethics and Philosophy
This course provides an examination of ethics, morality and philosophy as it relates to modern sport. Discussions revolve around the myths and paradoxes of sport, identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas, and what it means to be a morally responsible sportsperson. Specific focus addresses the application of the Integrated Coaching and Sport Education Model (I-CASE) developed by Quinn to school and community based sport.
SPMG 610 3
Sport Leadership and Team Building 
The course provides an examination of leadership in sport as well as taking a critical examination of the role of competition and character development. Discussions revolve around the complexity of leadership development in sport for all participants, how character development should occur in sport and how organizational structure and communication influence all three areas.
SPMG 620 3
Sports Safety, Risk Management and Injury Prevention 
The course stresses the basic steps to follow for successful practice and team management of participants and athletes, including risk assessment, life-threatening emergencies, injuries, medical concerns, healthy lifestyles, disease transmission, and safety and injury prevention as well as CPR, First Aid and AED use.
SPMG 640  3
Physiology of Exercise and Conditioning
The course provides an exercise science foundation to coaching that includes energy systems, muscle physiology and how the body adapts to the physical and psychological demands placed upon it. Sport specific training and conditioning programs also are also addressed as they relate to developmentally appropriate sport training. Additionally the effects of performance enhancing substances and drugs on athlete performance and health are discussed.
SPMG 625  3
Residency I - Special Topics (Summer, 4 weeks; 1 week in residence) 
The residency course is a one-week intensive study on current professional, societal or social concerns. The course may held on Xavier's campus or at an off-campus complex such as an Olympic training center, sport complex, the National Coaching Educators Conference or a possibly an international destination.
SPMG 680  3

Year 2

Sport Pedagogy and Coaching Analysis
The course examines various coaching methods and takes a qualitative analysis of coaching behaviors and athlete movement. The result is a more reflective coach regarding his or her own coaching behaviors, as well as his or her ability to teach, analyze and correct sport-specific movement techniques and skills.
SPMG 630 3
Long-term Athlete Development I: Youth and Novice Athletes
The course creates the foundation to understanding LTAD and addresses the motor development, motor learning, nutritional needs, information processing, and physical, social, emotional and psychological characteristics and abilities of children from the age 3-19. The discussion and course content is within the context of youth sport programming and developmentally appropriate sport training.
SPMG 650 3
Long-term Athlete Development II: Elite and Senior Athletes 
The course continues the LTAD process discussion but in the context of sport training and programming for the elite and senior athletes by addressing the needs of those ranging from 20-90 years old. Research shows that individuals are capable of maintaining a high level of fitness and physical competence well into later life. LTAD II, therefore, not only addresses coaching the elite athlete, but that individuals who wish to continue their competitive careers.  
 SPMG 660  3
Research in Coaching
The research in coaching course is designed to expose the coach to the research process, synthesizing the literature to support coaching practices and to solve real coaching problems through the scientific method. This concludes a line of inquiry identified by the student early in the program and culminates with the presentation of student research.
SPMG 670 3
Residency II
The final residency occurs during graduation week in early May on Xavier's campus and consists of a two- or three-day workshop that includes a comprehensive exam, presentation of research projects and program assessment. 
SPMG 681 3