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Online Master of Coaching Education

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The Ohio University online Master of Coaching Education program is nationally recognized as a leader in preparing coaches to excel at all levels of competition. The curriculum focuses on areas of coaching that directly impact athletic performance and is built around the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE) “8 Domains of Coaching.” As a result, our graduates are equipped with the technical and leadership skills important to maximize team performance and ensure a lasting coaching career.

Why Choose the Ohio online Master of Coaching Education?

Our Master of Coaching Education online program helps coaches build their abilities by teaching advanced technical proficiency, tactical knowledge, and leadership skills. Because most of the coursework is online, this program allows you to continue coaching and stay active in your current position, while developing your knowledge and acquiring new competencies.

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U.S. News & World Report recognized Ohio University among the top national universities for 2015.

Additionally, Ohio University was named a “2015 Best College” by The Princeton Review.

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Ohio University ranks among the top 3% of higher education institutions globally as rated by the Center for World University Rankings.

Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Hear from Our Students & Grads

“The master’s degree program at Ohio University has opened my eyes tremendously regarding a new approach to coaching athletics. The courses that are offered for the program are detailed, well-organized, and thoroughly planned out for whatever sport you coach. This is a well-rounded program for those who want to improve their coaching abilities.”
— Ellison Huggins
2014 Graduate

“I am so happy about the love and passion for sports that this program ignited in me. I’ve always loved sports, but this program gave me a level of passion for coaching that I’ve never had before. In fact, when I was almost finished with the program, I was excited about getting my master’s degree, but at the same time I didn’t want it to end!”
— Jim Whittaker
2013 Graduate

“The thing I liked most about the program was that it was an online program that included on-campus seminars. It was very important to me to have a connection to the university and to my classmates, even though most of the work was online. I was really glad to get to meet the program director, some of the professors, and my program cohorts during the seminars. I made coaching connections with people who coach completely different sports and who I would not have met otherwise. Having conversations with them during our coursework, and even now after we’ve all completed the program, is extremely valuable to me. I have a whole new network of coaching colleagues with whom I can communicate.”
— Channing Kimball
2013 Graduate

“I’ve been presented teaching and coaching opportunities at the collegiate level directly because I completed the MCE program. These doors would not be opening for me had I not received my Master of Coaching Education from Ohio University.”
— Richard McArthur
2013 Graduate

“I was looking for a master’s program that would allow me to still coach and not lose that step since I’m already a head coach. I also wanted to get a master’s in something that I enjoy doing, and that is coaching.”
— Janelle Higgins
2012 Graduate

“I chose this program over other master’s programs because of the ease of online classes and how it fits into what I am doing now. I don’t have to pick up and move somewhere else. I can keep coaching while moving up my education to the next level.”
— Matt Karlgaard
2012 Graduate

“I’ve been presented teaching and coaching opportunities at the collegiate level directly because I completed the MCE program. These doors would not be opening for me had I not received my Master of Coaching Education from Ohio University.”

— Richard McArthur
2013 Graduate

“I was looking for a master’s program that would allow me to still coach and not lose that step since I’m already a head coach. I also wanted to get a master’s in something that I enjoy doing, and that is coaching.”

— Janelle Higgins
2012 Graduate

“I chose this program over other master’s programs because of the ease of online classes and how it fits into what I am doing now. I don’t have to pick up and move somewhere else. I can keep coaching while moving up my education to the next level.”

— Matt Karlgaard
2012 Graduate

“The master’s degree program at Ohio University has opened my eyes tremendously regarding a new approach to coaching athletics. The courses that are offered for the program are detailed, well-organized, and thoroughly planned out for whatever sport you coach. This is a well-rounded program for those who want to improve their coaching abilities.”

— Ellison Huggins
2014 Graduate

“I am so happy about the love and passion for sports that this program ignited in me. I’ve always loved sports, but this program gave me a level of passion for coaching that I’ve never had before. In fact, when I was almost finished with the program, I was excited about getting my master’s degree, but at the same time I didn’t want it to end!”

— Jim Whittaker
2013 Graduate

“The thing I liked most about the program was that it was an online program that included on-campus seminars. It was very important to me to have a connection to the university and to my classmates, even though most of the work was online. I was really glad to get to meet the program director, some of the professors, and my program cohorts during the seminars. I made coaching connections with people who coach completely different sports and who I would not have met otherwise. Having conversations with them during our coursework, and even now after we’ve all completed the program, is extremely valuable to me. I have a whole new network of coaching colleagues with whom I can communicate.”

— Channing Kimball
2013 Graduate

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Curriculum

Built around the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE) “8 Domains of Coaching Competencies,” the curriculum makes for a comprehensive coaching education that encompasses the core concepts for successfully coaching elite athletes and winning teams.

COED 5901 Global Sport Coaching Seminar — 3 credits
COED 6100 Introduction to Sport Coaching Education — 3 credits
COED 6110 Foundations for Sport Coaching — 3 credits
COED 6120 Management and Leadership for Sport Coaches — 3 credits
COED 6130 Finance for Sport Coaches — 3 credits
COED 6140 Psychology of Sport Coaching — 3 credits
COED 6150 Injury Prevention & Risk Management — 3 credits
COED 6160 Performance and Conditioning for Sport Coaches — 3 credits
COED 6170 Ethics & Diversity for Sport Coaches — 3 credits
COED 6200 Research Methods for Sport Performance — 3 credits
COED 6400 Coaching Performance Evaluation — 3 credits
COED 6340 Guided Independent Study—Athlete Recovery — 3 credits

Faculty

  • Bill Steffen, Ph.D.
  • Linda Schoenstedt, Ed.D.
  • Michael Sheridan, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Czech, Ph.D.
  • Cory Dobbs, Ed.D.
  • Sheri Huckleberry, Ph.D.
  • Laura Miele-Pascoe, Ph.D.
  • Paul Nesselroade, Ph.D.

Bill Steffen, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Bill Steffen serves as the chair of Sport Coaching at the United States Sports Academy. He has an extensive background in coaching, having served as the head women’s soccer coach at the University of Oregon and the assistant soccer coach at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, Furman University, Greensboro College, and most recently the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).

Dr. Steffen received his doctorate in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology from UNCG. His publications have addressed coaching education, team cohesion, and mental toughness, and his research has been published in journals aimed at coaching and professional populations. Dr. Steffen has presented research to many groups and societies including the Association for the Advancement of Sport Psychology. As a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national staff coach, he has presented at the NSCAA National Convention on several occasions. While at UNC, Dr. Steffen helped the Tar Heels win two NCAA national championships while coaching such notables as Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tracy Noonan. He also played professionally for the Albany Capitals.

Linda Schoenstedt, Ed.D.

Program Faculty

Dr. Linda Schoenstedt teaches Ethics in Sports for the MCE program. She is also an associate professor in the Department of Sports Studies at Xavier University and has been head volleyball coach at the University of Iowa, Wright State University, Montana Tech, and Montana State University—Northern. She was named Big Ten Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1995.

Dr. Schoenstedt’s research interests include coaching education, social media in sports, sport spectatorship and consumerism, and gender issues in sports.

Michael Sheridan, Ph.D.

Program Faculty

Michael Sheridan, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of experience in education as a college and high school coach and teacher. He is an adjunct faculty member in several university graduate coaching education programs and is the chair of coaching science for the Sports Science division of Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD).

Dr. Sheridan is the author of several published articles on coaching science and youth sports participation and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Coaching Education, a peer-reviewed journal for coaching education professionals.

Daniel Czech, Ph.D.

Program Faculty

Dr. Daniel Czech earned his B.S. in Psychology and Physical Education from Denison University, an M.S. in Exercise Science from Georgia Southern University, and a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He currently teaches Foundations of Coaching II in the Master’s of Coaching Education program at Ohio University. Dr. Czech is also an associate professor, graduate program director, and sport psychology coordinator in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University.

Dr. Czech’s research interests include the effects of optimism and pessimism on sport performance, change of health behaviors in college-aged individuals, the cultural and social aspects of sport and exercise, the use of prayer as a mental enrichment, and the use of psychological skills to improve performance. He serves as a mental consultant to many professional athletes in the National Basketball Association, National Football League, and Major League Baseball as well as an ambassador for Major League Baseball International.

Cory Dobbs, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Cory Dobbs holds an MBA from Lindenwood University and an Ed.D. From Northern Arizona University. He teaches Management and Leadership in the Master’s of Coaching Education program at Ohio University. He also instructs courses at the graduate colleges of business and education at Northern Arizona University. He has a coaching background in basketball and coached at Grand Canyon University and Phoenix College.

Dr. Dobbs’ research interests include sport leadership, conversational learning, and adult learning theory. He is the founder and President of The Academy for Sport Leadership, an organization focusing on leadership development courses and curriculum for student athletics.

Sheri Huckleberry, Ph.D.

Program Faculty

Dr. Sheri Huckleberry currently teaches the initial Coaching Workshop, Athlete Recovery and is responsible for planning the Global Sport Coaching Seminar.

In June 2011, Dr. Huckleberry earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Studies and Evaluation and emphasis in Coaching Education from Ohio University. Her doctoral research focused on the commitment and self-efficacy of youth sport coaches. She also had interest in the evaluation and assessment of coaching education programs.

Laura Miele-Pascoe, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Laura Miele-Pascoe is an expert in sport and recreation with specific expertise in sports psychology, personal training, fitness facilities management and injury prevention. She is an accomplished athlete as well as an experienced trainer, coach and teacher.

Dr. Miele holds a Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology, a Master’s in Education: Alternative Education/Minor: Education Administration and an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education. She was a middle school and high school Physical Education teacher from 1997 to 2006, and then returned to education from 2011 to 2014 after managing the Sport Injury Prevention Program for a Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Miele continues to consult schools, athletic directors, coaches, parents, and student-athletes on the importance of preventative tactics in sports. Dr. Miele played Division I basketball at Arizona State; was Tight End for the Arizona Caliente, of the Women’s Professional Football League; and was also a New York Golden Gloves semi-finalist in 2004. She began coaching athletes in 1986 and has been involved as a personal exercise and fitness trainer since 1994.

Paul Nesselroade, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Nesselroade has a Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from the University of Louisville and is currently a full-time professor and program director for the Psychology program at Asbury University. He is published in a wide variety of journals including the Journal of Coaching Education, The Journal of Psychology and Marketing, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Autonomic Neuroscience, and the Journal of Creative Behavior.

Dr. Nesselroade has coached collegiate soccer at the NAIA level for 13 years, winning 5 conference championships and accumulating numerous Coach-of-the-Year awards.