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Working As A Strength And Conditioning Coach

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Strength And Conditioning Coach Do

Coaches teach amateur and professional athletes the skills they need to succeed at their sport. Scouts look for new players, evaluating their skills and likelihood for success at the college, amateur, or professional level. Many coaches are also involved in scouting potential athletes.

Duties

Coaches typically do the following:

  • Plan, organize, and conduct practice sessions
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of individual athletes and opposing teams
  • Plan strategies and choose team members for each game
  • Provide direction, encouragement, and motivation to prepare athletes for games
  • Call plays and make decisions about strategy and player substitutions during games
  • Plan and direct physical conditioning programs that enable athletes to achieve maximum performance
  • Instruct athletes on proper techniques, game strategies, sportsmanship, and the rules of the sport
  • Keep records of athletes’ and opponents’ performance
  • Identify and recruit potential athletes
  • Arrange for and offer incentives to prospective players

Coaches teach professional and amateur athletes the fundamental skills of individual and team sports. They hold training and practice sessions to improve the athletes' form, technique, skills, and stamina. Along with refining athletes’ individual skills, coaches are also responsible for instilling in their players the importance of good sportsmanship, a competitive spirit, and teamwork.

Many coaches evaluate their opponents to determine game strategies and to establish specific plays to practice. During competition, coaches call specific plays intended to surprise or overpower the opponent, and they may substitute players for optimum team chemistry and success.

Many high school coaches are primarily academic teachers or other school administrators who supplement their income by coaching part time.

Some people who teach the fundamental skills of individual and teams sports may be known as sports instructors rather than coaches. Like coaches, sports instructors hold practice sessions, assign specific drills, and correct athletes' techniques. They may spend their time working one-on-one with athletes, designing customized training programs for each individual. Sports instructors may specialize in teaching athletes the skills of an individual sport, such as tennis, golf, or karate. Some sports instructors, such as pitching instructors in baseball, may teach individual athletes involved in team sports.

However, many sports instructors work with people who simply have an interest in learning a new sport rather than athletes competing in events. For example, a skiing instructor may give individual or group lessons to those interested in learning how to ski.

Scouts typically do the following:

  • Read newspapers and other news sources to find athletes to consider
  • Attend games, view videotapes of the athletes’ performances, and study statistics about the athletes to determine talent and potential
  • Talk to the athlete and the coaches to see if the athlete has what it takes to succeed
  • Report to the coach, manager, or owner of the team for which he or she is scouting
  • Arrange for and offer incentives to prospective players

Scouts evaluate the skills of both amateur and professional athletes. Scouts seek out top athletic candidates for colleges or professional teams and evaluate their likelihood of success at a higher competitive level.

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How To Become A Strength And Conditioning Coach

Coaches and scouts typically need a bachelor’s degree. They must also have extensive knowledge of the sport. Coaches typically gain this knowledge through their own experiences playing the sport at some level. Although previous playing experience may be beneficial, it is not required for most scouting jobs.

Education

College and professional coaches must usually have a bachelor’s degree. This degree can typically be in any subject. However, some coaches may decide to study exercise and sports science, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and fitness, physical education, and sports medicine.

High schools typically hire teachers or administrators at the school for most coaching jobs. If no suitable teacher is found, schools hire a qualified candidate from outside the school. For more information on education requirements for teachers, see the profile on high school teachers.

Scouts must also typically have a bachelor’s degree. Some scouts decide to get a degree in business, marketing, sales, or sports management.

Other Experience

College and professional coaching jobs also typically require experience playing the sport at some level.

Scouting jobs typically do not require experience playing a sport at the college or professional level, but it can be beneficial. Employers look for applicants with a passion for sports and an ability to spot young players who have exceptional athletic ability and skills.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most state high school athletic associations require coaches to be certified or at least complete mandatory education courses.

Certification often requires coaches to be a minimum age (at least 18 years old) and be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. Some states also require coaches to attend classes related to sports safety and coaching fundamentals prior to becoming certified. For information of specific state coaching requirements, contact the state’s high school athletic association or visit the National Association of State Boards of Education.

Although most public high school coaches need to meet these state requirements in order to become a coach, certification may not be required for coaching and sports instructor jobs in private schools.

Some schools may require coaches to have a teaching license and complete a background check.

Certification requirements for college coaching positions also vary.

Additional certification may be highly desirable or even required in order to become an instructor in scuba diving, tennis, golf, karate, or other individual sports. There are many certifying organizations specific to the various sports, and their requirements vary.

Part-time workers and those in smaller facilities or youth leagues are less likely to need formal education or training and may not need certification.

Advancement

To reach the ranks of professional coaches, a candidate usually needs years of coaching experience and a winning record at a college. Some coaches may not have previous coaching experience but are nevertheless hired at the professional level due to their success as an athlete in that sport.

Some college coaches begin their careers as graduate assistants or assistant coaches to gain the knowledge and experience needed to become a head coach. Large schools and colleges that compete at the highest levels require a head coach with substantial experience at another school or as an assistant coach.

Other college coaches may start out as high school coaches before moving up to the collegiate level.

Scouts may begin working as talent spotters in a particular area or region. They typically advance to become supervising scouts responsible for a whole territory or region.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Because coaches instruct, organize, and motivate athletes, they must have excellent communication skills. They must effectively communicate proper techniques, strategies, and rules of the sport so every player on the team understands.

Decisionmaking skills. Coaches must choose the appropriate players to use at a given position at a given time during a game and know the proper time to utilize game-managing tools such as timeouts. Coaches and scouts also must be very selective when recruiting players from lower levels of athletics.

Dedication. Coaches must attend daily practices and assist their team and individual athletes in improving their skills and physical conditioning. Coaches must be dedicated to their sport, as it often takes years to become successful.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to relate to athletes helps coaches and scouts foster positive relationships with their current players and recruit potential players.

Leadership skills. Coaches must demonstrate good leadership skills to get the most out of athletes. They also must be able to motivate, develop, and direct young athletes.

Resourcefulness. Coaches must find a strategy and develop a game plan that yields the best chances for winning. Coaches often need to create original plays or formations that provide a competitive advantage and confuse opponents.

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Strength And Conditioning Coach Demographics

Gender

Male

73.8%

Female

15.4%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

64.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

Portuguese

6.7%

French

5.8%

Russian

3.3%

Mandarin

2.5%

Tagalog

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Thai

1.7%

Chinese

1.7%

German

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Swedish

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Cherokee

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Bulgarian

0.8%

Norwegian

0.8%

Serbian

0.8%
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Strength And Conditioning Coach Education

Schools

California University of Pennsylvania

17.0%

Springfield College

8.5%

West Virginia University

6.1%

Arizona State University

5.3%

University of Northern Iowa

5.1%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

4.8%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

University of Alabama

4.2%

Ohio University -

4.2%

Appalachian State University

4.0%

University of Northern Colorado

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.7%

The Academy

3.7%

University of Phoenix

3.7%

East Tennessee State University

3.5%

Texas State University

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

Bridgewater State University

3.5%

Montclair State University

3.5%
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Majors

Kinesiology

54.4%

Health Education

7.2%

Business

6.1%

Exercise Physiology

5.7%

Education

3.7%

Athletic Training

2.8%

Psychology

2.3%

Health And Wellness

2.2%

Communication

1.6%

Physical Therapy

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Biology

1.5%

Management

1.3%

Educational Leadership

1.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.3%

Sociology

1.2%

Elementary Education

1.2%

Food And Nutrition

1.1%

Health Sciences And Services

1.1%

Public Health Education

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.3%

Masters

33.7%

Other

10.0%

Associate

2.5%

Doctorate

1.9%

Certificate

1.1%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Best Paying Company
Ascension Health
Highest Paying City
San Antonio, TX
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Strength And Conditioning Coach make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Strength And Conditioning Coach in the United States is $45,160 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $24,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $82,000.

Real Strength And Conditioning Coach Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach Milwaukee Bucks, LLC Milwaukee, WI Jun 01, 2015 $165,000
Strength and Conditioning Coach-Athletic Trainer The Detroit Pistons Basketball Company Auburn Hills, MI Jul 08, 2013 $65,000
Strength and Conditioning Coach-Athletic Trainer The Detroit Pistons Basketball Company Auburn Hills, MI Jul 07, 2016 $50,000 -
$90,000
Strength & Conditioning Coach University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA Oct 10, 2016 $50,000
Strength and Conditioning Coach USA Rugby Football Union, Ltd. Boulder, CO Dec 08, 2009 $50,000
Strength and Conditioning Coach USA Rugby Football Union, Ltd. Boulder, CO Dec 02, 2009 $50,000
Strength and Conditioning Coach USA Rugby Football Union, Ltd. Boulder, CO Jan 26, 2010 $50,000
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jul 01, 2015 $45,780
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jan 07, 2015 $45,780
Strength and Conditioning Coach Round Star, Inc. New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $45,000
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jul 01, 2014 $43,813
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach The Florida State University Tallahassee, FL Dec 01, 2013 $43,400
Strength and Conditioning Coach Empire Soccer Academy Inc. Glen Cove, NY Aug 18, 2014 $40,000
Strength and Conditioning Coach/Trainer Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ May 01, 2014 $39,736
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX Dec 21, 2014 $39,000
Strength & Conditioning Coach University of Notre Dame Du Lac Notre Dame, IN Aug 15, 2014 $38,979
Strength and Conditioning Coach Marquette University Milwaukee, WI Jul 15, 2015 $37,500
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Indiana University Bloomington, IN Jan 01, 2015 $36,000
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach-Ice Hock Miami University Oxford, OH Jun 01, 2014 $35,000
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jul 01, 2013 $35,000
Strength and Conditioning Coach One On One Physical Therapy LLC New York, NY Sep 18, 2013 $35,000
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach South Dakota State University Brookings, SD Jul 03, 2014 $34,284

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Top Skills for A Strength And Conditioning Coach

  1. Student Athletes
  2. Weight Room
  3. Agility Drills
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led student athletes in the administration of various strengthening activities to increase performance and physical abilities
  • Improved efficiency of the facility by assisting in creating a new weight room of over 200 square feet.
  • Create strength-training programs consisting of agility drills, weekly strength programs, warm-up drills, etc.
  • Supervised the day-to-day operations of the strength and conditioning program, including organizing and maintaining strength and conditioning facilities and equipment.
  • Assisted coaches with multiple work outs for college athletes of all sports primarily football, basketball, soccer and volleyball.

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What do you like the most about working as Strength And Conditioning Coach?

What I like the most is the fact that the S&C coach can have the experience and knowledge to teach a human being of any age and any level of performance how to get better, I love that I have the ability to tell a person more about his/her body, how does it move & how we can get it better. We have 7 billion people on earth and each person is a case study and a new experience to teach and learn from. It's amazing what this position can do to human in terms of spiritual, physiological & psychological growth. It's a life , it's more than a job for me... Show More

What do you NOT like?

I realize that there are some disadvantages and pains that I personally have suffered from, working with athletes & clients all day long can be hectic especially when you put full effort in day in and day out & the constant demand of growing your knowledge, then finding the right position that pays well and puts you in an organization to grow with...etc. these are all things that almost every S&C coach pass through, but these as well are what makes us grow as human beings & evolve around the field to make better decisions for us, our athletes and other trainers who want to set foot in this industry... Show More

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