Description - Riverland


Riverland Community College's coaching certification program prepares students for a Head/Varsity coaching position, by satisfying standards created by the Minnesota State High School League.  Students complete coursework designed to improve knowledge of skill development, care and prevention of athletic injury, coaching fundamentals and coaching philosophy.

Coaches typically do the following:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Plan, organize, and conduct practice sessions
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of individual athletes and opposing teams
  • Plan strategies and choose team members for each game
  • Provide direction, encouragement, and motivation to prepare athletes for games
  • Call plays and make decisions about strategy and player substitutions during games
  • Plan and direct physical conditioning programs that enable athletes to achieve maximum performance
  • Instruct athletes on proper techniques, game strategies, sportsmanship, and the rules of the sport
  • Keep records of athletes’ and opponents’ performance
  • Identify and recruit potential athletes
  • Arrange for and offer incentives to prospective players

Employment Outlook

Job Prospects

Strong competition is expected for higher paying jobs at the college level and will be even greater for jobs in professional sports.

Job prospects at the high school level should be good, but coaching jobs typically go to those teaching in the school. Those who have a degree or are state certified to teach academic subjects, therefore, should have the best prospects for getting coaching and instructor jobs at high schools. The need to replace the amount of high school coaches who change occupations or leave the labor force also will provide some jobs.

Coaches in girls’ and women’s sports may have better job opportunities due to a growing number of participants and leagues.

Competition is also likely to be strong for jobs as scouts, particularly for professional teams.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Coaches and Scouts, 
on the Internet at (visited May 18, 2016).


Last Updated: February 10, 2017

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