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Point Park University Named to Best 20 Online Master’s in Coaching List

Best 20 Online Master’s in Coaching in 2021 list ranked Point Park University’s Athletic Coaching and Administration program alongside some of the best online master’s coaching programs in the U.S.

The list scored 20 schools based on online graduate tuition rates and total online enrollment. Point Park University’s 30-credit program was ranked at #11 overall and stood out as the only program in Pennsylvania to offer Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) approved courses, according to Best Value Schools.

“The program provides students with in-depth analysis and knowledge of the administration side of athletics, as well as the practical and technical aspects of coaching,” said John Ashaolu, director of athletics at Point Park.

Point Park’s Program

The National Standards for Sports Coaches shapes Point Park’s program; specifically with the eight domains of coaching:

  1. Philosophy and ethics
  2. Safety
  3. Physical conditioning
  4. Growth and development
  5. Communication
  6. Sports skills
  7. Administration
  8. Evaluation

“Similar programs provide a deep dive into the administration side but neglect the coaching aspect. The coaching aspect goes hand in hand with the administrative role, especially at the high school and college levels,” Ashaolu added. “Young coaches typically start their coaching careers without formal training and rely on what they see on T.V. or from their former coaches. This program provides students and future coaches with a fundamental base on how to be a well-rounded coach.”

The Athletic Coaching and Administration courses are taught by professionals with a variety of coaching and athletics experience, including Ashaolu, two Point Park head coaches, and numerous instructors.

“Our students begin with an introductory course on coaching and athletics,” said Virginia Chambers, Ed.D., coordinator of the M.Ed. in Athletic Coaching and Administration. “We have a course in safety and physical conditioning, and we just added a new course to the program which focuses on marketing and branding in athletics. We also have a research course focusing on the issues and concerns in the coaching and administration profession.”

A practicum course tops off the program, giving students the space to review and examine best practices of coaching and administration. Students also get paired with a mentor coach or athletic administrator to further evaluate the eight domains of coaching as it relates to their individual experience, sport, or age group.

The closing project for the practicum course is an electronic portfolio based on the National Standards of Sports Coaches. This can be used to help students in the field and when they are candidates for new coaching and administration positions.

Graduate Opportunities

  • K-12 schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Recreational, club, and travel sports programs
  • Professional sports teams

Learn more about Point Park University’s Master’s of Education in Athletic Coaching and Administration.