Culver-Stockton approves minor in athletic coaching for fall 2023


CANTON, Mo. — Culver-Stockton College is adding an athletic coaching minor to its academic course catalog.

The athletic coaching minor track is designed to develop positive teaching and coaching skills in athletics and prepare aspiring coaches with the qualifications needed to work in a variety of environments, including public and private schools, governmental and community agencies and business settings.

The addition of the athletic coach minor track at C-SC expands the educational offerings of the college while also responding to the growing needs of the job market across the country. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of coaches is expected to increase by 20 percent by 2031. That is faster than the average for all occupations, the agency states.

In a press release, Kim Gaither, vice president for academic affairs, said, “We at Culver-Stockton are constantly striving to not only ensure the best education for our students, but we also recognize our responsibility as a higher learning institution to continuously provide majors and minors that reflect employment opportunities in a constantly changing society. Our new athletic coaching minor does just that, and we are excited to watch the program grow.”

The minor will require a total of 24 hours, including three hours of instruction in Fundamentals of Coaching, Mental Aspects of Coaching, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, First Aid/CPR, and Psychological and Social Aspects of Physical Education and Sports. Other course electives include Skill Analysis – Team and Individual Sports, Techniques of Team Sports, Officiating Sports and Theory and Practice of Coaching Basketball, Baseball or Football.

“Our faculty carefully constructed the course load for the athletic coaching minor to build the skills needed for future coaches, from strategic gameplay to effective communication to relationship building,” said Cindy Whiston, Education Department chair. “Our goal is to prepare athletic coaches who can effectively respond to the needs of a team, both on and off the field or court. We are confident our new minor will help athletic coaches develop the skills needed to excel both in instruction and guidance.”

To learn more about the athletic coaching minor, visit or contact the Admission Office at 573-288-6000.

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