Sport coaching is at a pivotal moment in its short history. The publication of the International Sport Coaching Framework by the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) in 2013 has drawn attention to coaching world-wide and fostered a step change in the way coaching systems are understood and built. Within this evolving context, higher education institutions are increasingly playing a greater role in the education and development of coaches in many countries. One way in which they are doing so is through the delivery of partial or full sport coaching degrees. ICCE recognises this emerging landscape. In this article we present an introduction to the newly developed International Sport Coaching Bachelor Degree Standards. The Standards are the culmination of a 12-month process of cooperation and consultation between an expert group and the coaching community at large. They aim to respond to the needs of higher education institutions and serve as an internationally accepted reference point to aid the development of bachelor coaching degrees that prepare coaches to effectively support athletes and participants.
Sergio Lara-Bercia is the manager for Strategy & Development, ICCE; Senior Research Fellow, Leeds Beckett University (ESP & GBR).
Alfonso Jiménez is a professor of Exercise Science and Health, Centre for Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences, Coventry University (ESP & GBR).
Andy Abraham is a principal lecturer, Leeds Beckett University (GBR).
John Bales is president, ICCE (CAN).
Pascal Colmaire is Coach Education Manager, World Archery (CHE).
José Curado is professor of Sport Coaching, Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa; president of the General Assembly, Treinadores Portugal (PRT).
Kristen Dieffenbach is an associate professor, West Virginia University (USA).
Masamitsu Ito is an associate professor, Nippon Sport University (JPN).
Olivia Mokgatle is a South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) representative, (Director for National Standards & Reviews, Council on Higher Education) (ZAF).
Lutz Nordmann is director, Trainerakademie, Köln (GER).
Steven Rynne is a senior lecturer, University of Queensland (AUS).