This paper follows a coaching education program at a four-year institution from its inception to NCACE accreditation in 2005 and looks forward to reaccreditation and examines how the program changed to meet the National Standards of Sport Coaches. Along with curriculum changes, the major of the students selecting the coaching program has also changed. Lastly, the attainment of this national accreditation certification has influenced this coaching education program in terms of benefits, challenges, accountability and marketability.
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Dr. Judith L. Smith is a Professor in the Human Kinetics Department at Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA. During her 24 years of service at Kutztown, she has been actively involved in the Coaching Education Program. She is the Chairperson of the Coaching Education Program, teaches many of the courses and supervises all of the internships. Dr. Smith developed and wrote the Coaching Education Portfolio which received full accreditation from NCACE in 2005. Judy has been a member of NCACE for nine years, served on the NCACE Board of Directors for six years and has attended every Coaching Educators’ Conference for the past nine years. Dr. Smith has volunteered to do presentations on the NASPE National Standards for Sport Coaches and the NCACE Accreditation process at EDA and PAHPERD (Pennsylvania AAHPERD) Conferences.
Dina Hayduk is an instructor in the Department of Human Kinetics at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.Ed. in Health Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Currently she is ABD at Penn State. Her dissertation explores how transformative learning is fostered in adult women who participate in running. Dina is a mother of three who has coached her children in a variety of sports, as well as having coached others in youth, collegiate and master’s level swimming.