Athletic Coaching CertificationCoaching Certification
Below is a description of the Coaching Certification Program requirements mandated by the New York State Education Department for hire as a coach in a public school system. In addition, there is a suggested sequence and course descriptions for the five courses in the sequence.
Coaching Certification Program Requirements and Recommended Sequence: (The sequence is not required, only recommended)
1. HPE 147-Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries - 3 cr.
2. HPE 102-Safety and First Aid - 3 cr., or current CPR and First-Aid Certification
3. HPE 146-Philosophies, Principles and Organization of Athletics in Education - 3 cr.
4. HPE 148 or 149-Theory and Techniques of Coaching - 2 cr.
Total Credits 8-11
*The sequence listed above is recommended, but not required as there are no
prerequisites for any of the courses in the certificate program. In addition,
students who hold current CPR and First-Aid Certification are not required to
take Safety and First Aid. Transferability
The courses included in the coaching training sequence will transfer as elective credit, and also may be applied to the 2+2 Physical Education Coaching Concentration at SUNY Cortland and the Coaching Minor at SUNY Plattsburgh. Course Descriptions
HPE 147-Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries - 3 cr.
Care and prevention of Athletic Injuries is a required course to coach in a public school in New York State. The course will consist of selected principles of anatomy and physiology, biology, kinesiology, psychology and sociology related to the growth and development of athletes. Major areas of inquiry will be evaluation and care of injuries, sport nutrition, physical fitness, and sport specific conditioning of athletes. Emphasis will be placed upon developing the attitudes, practices, and practical skills, to prevent, evaluate, and care for athletic injuries. HPE 102-Safety and First Aid - 3 cr
A study of accident causation and prevention athletics, recreation, industry, home and community. The Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR Certifications are granted upon completion of required units and satisfactory skill demonstration.
Current Red Cross or National Safety Council CPR and First-Aid Certifications are required of all coaching candidates. CPR must be updated yearly, and First-Aid every three years. HPE 146-Philosophies, Principles, and Organization of Athletics in Education – 3 cr.
Examines basic principles and philosophies of interscholastic athletics as part of physical education. Sate, local, and national policies and regulations of athletics will be discussed. Other topics will include legal issues, the function and organization of leagues and athletic associations in New York State, personal standards for the coach as an educational leader, public relations, safety procedures, principles of school budgets, record keeping, purchasing, and facility usage. HPE 148-Theory and Techniques of Coaching Soccer – 2 cr.
Theory and Techniques of Coaching Soccer explores the theories, practices and strategies involved in coaching the game of soccer. Emphasis is given to the objectives, rules, regulations, and policies of competitive athletics, as well as to individual skills, team tactics, and organization and management skills necessary to administer a high school or intercollegiate soccer program. HPE 149- Theory and Techniques of Coaching Basketball – 2 cr.
Theory and Techniques of Coaching Basketball explores the theories, practices, and strategies involved in coaching the game of basketball. Emphasis will be placed upon objectives, rules, regulations, and policies of competitive athletics, as well as individual skill development, team strategy, organization and management practices pertaining to high school and intercollegiate basketball programs.