Athletic coaches train and direct athletes and oversee athletic programs. The Kinesiology Department at Missouri Southern State University offers a number of courses related to coaching to provide you with the fundamental skills, strategies and knowledge needed to instruct athletes and manage sports programs. These courses are considered electives and are not required.
In Missouri, a school's head coach or assistant coach must be:
See Teacher Education for more information about our teaching degree programs.
If a Missouri school provides evidence that an assistant coaching position is required to maintain the program and/or adequate safety level, the school board may hire someone who:
Policies concerning Missouri school athletic coaches are governed by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA).
For the coaching requirements of another state, contact that state’s governing agency.
Dr, Patsy K. Lipira
Department Head, Department of Kinesiology
Young Gymnasium 214
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595