A Critical Review of American Academic Coaching Education Programs

in Journal of Coaching Education

Among the physical activity, exercise and health related academic disciplines, coaching education remains an under-developed field. Once closely aligned with physical education, coaching education has remained practically immobile despite the activity and growth in the related functional fitness and sport performance fields of exercise and sport sciences such as sport pedagogy, exercise physiology, and sport and exercise psychology. This article provides a historical context for the evolution of the academic discipline of coaching education within the broader field of physical education and a brief overview of coaching education as it exists within academia today. Recommendations and suggestions are made for the future growth and development of the coaching education discipline.

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Dr.Dieffenbach is an assistant professor of Athletic Coaching Education at West Virginia University and is an Association of Applied Sport Psychology certified consultant. Currently she is the coaching education representative on the NASPE Sport Steering Committee and is on the board for the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education. She also serves as an advisory board member with the USA Cycling coaching education committee. Kristen is also a professional coach with a category 1 (elite) USA Cycling license and a Level II endurance specialization from USA Track and Field. She has coached for over 15 years at the high school, collegiate, recreational, and elite levels.

Dr. Wayda is an associate professor in the Athletic Coaching Education program at West Virginia University. She completed a BS in Physical Education and a MS and Ed.D. in Sport Studies. At WVU, she teaches courses in athletic administration and motor development. Her research interests are in professional dispositions. Dr. Wayda is also the chair of the Coaching & Teaching Studies Department.

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