Xavier launches its first online degree program with the Master of Education in Coaching this fall

The degree prepares students for careers as coaches and leaders in the sports industry | June 2, 2014

Xavier is accepting applications for its first cohort of students to receive a Master of Education in Coaching Education and Athlete Development, a fully online program that was recently approved by the Higher Learning Commission. The program includes 33 credit hours online and two required three-hour residencies.

A maximum of 25 spots are available for the two-year program, which may start as soon as this fall.

The program is designed to provide formal preparation for the coach, who is the person who spends the most time and has the most influence on players, much like the trainer, the medical personnel and the referees who are required to receive formal training. The degree is designed in accordance with the National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) and the National Standards for Sport Coaches (NSSC).

Xavier’s program addresses character development, promoting sport participation throughout the life span of players, and the role of coach as a servant leader. Courses include sport ethics, sport leadership, psycho-social aspects of sport, exercise science and biomechanics, risk management, and long-term athlete development. The inclusion of character and long-term development makes it different from other, similar programs.

“Coaching education and athlete development today is where sport management was in the 1990s as a developing discipline to prepare individuals to work in the sport industry,” said Ron Quinn, associate professor of sport studies and sport administration, who will lead the new master’s program.

“The demands and expectations of coaches at all levels go beyond the X’s and O’s. This groundbreaking program will focus on the comprehensive development of athletes at all levels and directly connects to Xavier’s mission as a Jesuit Catholic institution to develop men and women for and with others, with interest in serving society. “

Quinn is best known for his work in coaching education, especially educating youth soccer coaches and player development. He has authored, co-authored or provided chapters to seven soccer-coaching books and he's published more than 25 articles on various aspects of youth coaching. Quinn was coach of Xavier’s women's soccer team for 12 years, during which he won two Atlantic-10 Tournament titles and qualified for the Conference tournament nine times.

“Sports is a huge part of kids' lives today, and the demands and expectations of coaches go far beyond understanding the sport itself,” said Doug Olberding, chair of Xavier’s Sport Studies and Sport Administration programs. “This program will prepare participants for a career in coaching.”

To register and for more information, visit www.xavier.edu/coaching.