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Requirements for Athletic Coaches

Alaska

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development Requirement: None specified.


Alabama

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Arkansas

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Arizona

Last Updated: 8/27/2009

Pre-service Requirement: The Arizona Athletic Coaching Certificate 7-12 (2005) and State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-612 (2003) requires valid certification in first aid and CPR; the completion of 15 semester hours including 3 semester hours in the methods of coaching, anatomy and physiology, sports psychology, adolescent psychology, and the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries; 250 clock hours of verified coaching experience in the sport to be coached; and a valid fingerprint clearance card.

Professional Development: For renewal of an athletic coaching certificate, the Arizona Athletic Coaching Certificate 7-12 requires the completion of 60 clock hours in a professional development program and valid verification of first aid and CPR.


California

Last Updated: 5/12/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development Requirement: None specified.


Colorado

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Connecticut

Last Updated: 6/21/2010

Pre-service Requirement: A coaching permit (2000) requires that the applicant be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have three semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited institution or 45 clock hours of instruction as specified and be certified in standard first-aid and CPR.

Professional Development: A coach must renew their CPR certification annually and their first-aid training every three years. A coach must also complete 15 hours of seminars, courses, and workshops on safe and healthful coaching practices and understanding child and adolescent development, as approved by the Department, every five years".

Public Act 10-62 (2010) requires any person who holds a coaching permit by the State Board and is a coach of intramural or interscholastic athletics to complete an initial training course regarding concussions and head injuries prior to commencing the coaching season. The coach must also annually review current and relevant information regarding concussions. Beginning in 2015, and each year thereafter, a coach must complete a refresher course not later than 5 years after completion of the initial training, and again once every five years as condition of the reissuance of a coaching permit. Requirements of the course are outlined in the Act. The State Board is required to develop or approve a training course along with a refresher course.


District of Columbia

Last Updated: 4/22/2013

Pre-service Requirement: Rule: 5-E1643 (1993) requires athletic coaches to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Candidates must also complete the Coaches Education Program in which instructors are trained and certified by the American Coaching Effectiveness Program (ACEP) and the athletic department of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Forty-five clock hours to include the following: Philosophy of Coaching, Sports Psychology, Sports Pedagogy, and Sports Physiology. Thirty clock hours of training in athletic health care (including first aid and CPR) and six clock hours of drug education are also required.

Professional Development: None specified.


Delaware

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Florida

Last Updated: 3/30/2013

Pre-service Requirement: Statute 1012.55(2)(a) (2012) requires each person who is employed and renders service as an athletic coach in any public school in any district of this state shall hold a valid temporary or professional certificate or an athletic coaching certificate. The athletic coaching certificate may be used for either part-time or full-time positions. The provisions of this subsection do not apply to any athletic coach who voluntarily renders service and who is not employed by any public school district of this state. For an endorsement in athletic coaching, 6A-4.0282 (2005) requires (1) Certification in another subject, and (2) Nine (9) semester hours in athletic coaching to include the areas specified below: (a) Three (3) semester hours in care and prevention of athletic injuries and the effects and dangers of drug use including performance e nhancing drugs, (b) Three (3) semester hours in coaching theory, (c) A course in theory and practice of coaching a specific sport, and (3) A valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation course completion card or certificate issued by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross or an equivalent cardiopulmonary resuscitation course completion card or certificate issued by an entity approved by the Florida Department of Health pursuant to Rule 6A-4.0828 (2005) F.A.C.

Professional Development: No state policy.


Georgia

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Hawaii

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: Although a policy is not specified, the state reports that each individual must meet the following requirements: 1) Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; 2) Criminal History Record; 3) Background check; and 4) TB Clearance.

Professional Development: All head coaches and assistant coaches, listed on the Form 435 (Application for High School Coaching Allotment), must be certified in the National Federation of High School Coaches Education Program. This certification requirement is to be completed within 2 years upon initial hire.


Iowa

Last Updated: 11/24/2010

Pre-service Requirement: The minimum requirement for a K-12 athletic coach is a teacher's license and an endorsement as an athletic coach. Details are provided in Code 279.19B (2005), 282 IAC  13.28(29).

Professional Development: None specified.


Idaho

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Illinois

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Indiana

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: A coaching endorsement, in addition to a bachelor's degree, requires 15 semester hours of coursework in the various aspects of athletics and coaching, as specified in 515 IAC 1-1-14 (1992). This endorsement is not required in order to be a coach, but is strongly recommended.

Professional Development: Every five years, per 515 IAC 1-7-14, the Indiana Professional Standards Board requires the completion of six approved college semester credit hours, completing approved experiences that earn 90 credential renewal units, or the completion of an approved Professional Growth Plan for license renewal.


Kansas

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Kentucky

Last Updated: 5/22/2013

Pre-service Requirement:  KRS160.445 (2009) requires each high school coach to complete a sports safety course consisting of training on how to prevent common injuries. Each interscholastic coach must complete training on how to recognize the symptoms of a concussion and how to seek medical treatment for a person suspected of having a concussion.At least one person who has completed a sports safety course shall be at every interscholastic athletic practice and competition.

Professional Development: None specified.

Louisiana

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement:  None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Massachusetts

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Maryland

Last Updated: 9/15/2010

Pre-service Requirement: State Board of Education Regulation 13A.06.03.04 (1964) only allows schools to employ only teachers or certificated professional educator employees of the local board as coaches. Temporary coaches may be hired if no acceptable and qualified coaches are available if the procedures outlined in the Regulation are followed.

Professional Development:  State Board of Education Regulation 13A.06.03.04 (1964) requires all coaches to have completed or be enrolled in a one-credit prevention and care of athletic injuries course.


Maine

Last Updated: 3/21/2012

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: Within one year of hire, coaches must complete a coaching eligibility course and maintain First Aid/CPR/AED certification (Maine Principals’ Association).


Michigan

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: No state policy.

Professional Development: No state policy.


Minnesota

Last Updated: 5/15/2008

Pre-service Requirement: Statute 122A.33 (2005) allows school districts to employ a non-licensed, non-degreed person as a coach if he/she verifies completion of instruction in first aid and the care/prevention of athletic injuries (6 quarter credits or 60 clock hours of instruction) and a coaching methods or theory course. SB 2369 (2008) reqiores a school hiring authority to requst a criminal history background check on all individuals, except enrolled student volunteers, who are offered the opportunity to offer athletic coaching services or other extracurricular services to a school, regardless of whether or not compensation is paid.

Professional Development: No state policy.


Missouri

Last Updated: 7/19/2008

Pre-service Requirement: Policies concerning athletic coaches are governed by the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

Professional Development: No state policy.


Mississippi

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Montana

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


North Carolina

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


North Dakota

Last Updated: 6/8/2011

Pre-service Requirement: Rules clinics attendance/completion is mandatory each year for all football, volleyball, soccer, tennis, cross country, softball, swimming, hockey, gymnastics, basketball, wrestling, baseball, track & field officials and head coaches. Officials and coaches may also fulfill attendance requirements by attending any official rules clinic conducted by any of the state associations and having their attendance card sent to the North Dakota High School Activities Association office for credit.

Officials and head coaches of baseball, basketball, football, gymnastics, hockey, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, volleyball, and wrestling must take and pass an exam in the sport(s) in which he/she is a head coach or official.

Professional Development: None specified.


Nebraska

Last Updated: 11/30/2011

Pre-service Requirement: The minimum requirement for a coaching endorsement is the successful completion of content listed in 92 NAC 24-007.06 (no date available) from an approved teacher education program or from other organizations that provide such instruction. 92 NAC 24-006.10 (no date available) further specifies that a coaching endorsement for teachers coaching interscholastic athletics for grades 7-12 may be obtained with 12 semester hours of specified coursework in coaching athletics.

Professional Development: Statute 79-830, the Professional Growth Requirement, requires all certificated employees to provide evidence of 6 semester hours of professional growth or an alternative activity approved by the school board every 6 years.


New Hampshire

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


New Jersey

Last Updated: 9/10/2009

Pre-service Requirement: State Board of Education Administrative Code N.J.A.C. 6A:9-5.19 (2004) instructs school districts to permit any holder of a New Jersey teaching certificate to hold a position in the interscholastic athletic program so long as the position was advertised.  If no qualified and certified applicant is available, any person with a county substitute credential may serve as an athletic coach in the district in which he/she is employed.  The specific provisions are outlined in the code.

State Board of Education Administrative Code N.J.A.C. 6A:9-5.18 (2004) states that persons assigned to coach swimming or diving teams shall hold a New Jersey instructional certificate that allows the holder to coach and shall meet the requirements as set forth in State Board of Education Administrative Code N.J.A.C. 6A:9-11.12 (2004).  The chief school administrator of the employing district board of education shall annually notify the county superintendent of all persons assigned to coach swimming and/or diving teams and forward to the county superintendent copies of each valid American Red Cross or YMCA certificate required for every person assigned to coach swimming and/or diving.

Professional Development: None specified.


New Mexico

Last Updated: 5/18/2011

Pre-service Requirement: 6.63.8.8 NMAC establishes the requirements for 3 levels of licensure in Athletic Coaching, grades 7-12 (1) Entry Level 1, (2) Level 2 and (3) Level 3 advanced licensure.  Details of these requirements are within this rule. 16.13.1 NMAC requires all individuals who wish to practice the profession of athletic training in the State of New Mexico and individuals offering services in association or associated with athletic training must be licensed.

Professional Development: The state does not have a requirement; however, New Mexico provides annual professional development for athletic coaches in the state and the New Mexico Activities Association requires a one time workshop for all new coaches.

 


Nevada

Last Updated: 9/9/2009

Pre-service Requirement: State Board of Education Administrative Code 386.832 (2004) requires coaches to be certified in CPR and have completed the Coaches Education Program of the National Federation of State High School Associations or the equivalent, which must include courses in Coaching Principles and Sport First Aid.

Professional Development: None specified.


New York

Last Updated: 9/16/2009

Pre-service Requirement: Education Law 3001b requires that a person employed as a coach of an interschool athletic team must hold valid first aid skills and knowledge certification, and adult CPR certification. In addition to these requirements, secondary school coaches may possess three different backgrounds: a certified physical education teacher, a teacher certified in an area other than physical education, or someone holding no teaching certificate but possessing a Temporary Coaching License.

Professional Development: None specified.


Ohio

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Oklahoma

Last Updated: 5/4/2009

Pre-service Requirement: The Standards for Accreditation of Oklahoma Schools (2006) requires all athletic coaches, being assigned coaching duties as of 1975-76, to have completed 2 semester hours in the care and prevention of athletic injuries or hold an athletic coaching endorsement per OAR 210:35-9-44 (2002). In addition, all coaches and athletic directors shall be employed by the school district, shall hold valid teaching certificates, and their names shall appear on the class schedule per OAR 210:35-9-44.

Professional Development: None specified.


Oregon

Last Updated: 11/9/2010

Pre-service Requirement: OAR 584-036-0010 (1995) requires a license for athletic coaches.

Professional Development: ORS 342.726 (2007) requires school district employees who are coaches or athletic directors to receive training once every four years on identifying the components of anabolic steroid abuse and use and prevention strategies for the use of performance-enhancing substances. 


Pennsylvania

Last Updated: 5/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development:
None specified.


Rhode Island

Last Updated: 1/30/2013

Pre-service Requirement: TheRegulations Governing the Certification of Educators in Rhode Island (effective January 1, 2012) details a comprehensive redesign of the certification system that updates the requirements and procedures that govern educator certification in Rhode Island.  Specific details of the Rhode Island Coach Permit Certificate are outlined in Athletic Coach Permit. The Athletic Coach Permit is valid to serve as an Athletic Coach in Rhode Island public schools.

Statute 16-91-3 (2010) requires that all coaches and volunteers involved in a youth sport or activity must complete a training course and a refresher course annually thereafter in concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Training may consist of videos, classes, and any other generally accepted mode and medium of providing information.

Statute 16-21.4-4 (2006) requires mandatory first aid courses for athletic coaches to include health information relating to performance-enhancing dietary supplements.

Professional Development
: Statute 16-11.1-1 requires coaches to have current and valid first aid certification each year.


South Carolina

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


South Dakota

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: For a coach education endorsement for K-8 elementary or 7-12 assistant coach, a candidate must have completed a care and prevention of athletic injuries course or an equivalent coaching program. For head varsity coaching, an additional methodology or theory course in the sport to be coached is required in addition to the requirements for assistant coaches. Details of the requirements are found in Administrative Rule 24:15:06:32 (2004).

Professional Development: None specified.


Tennessee

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Texas

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Utah

Last Updated: 10/3/2010

Pre-service Requirement: As a condition for employment as a head coach or assistant coach, candidates must submit a criminal background check, shall have completed a Board-approved Athletic Coaching Training which includes basic first aid and CPR training. Details are provided in R277-517-3 (2004).

Professional Development: State Board of Education Policy R277-613-1 requires all employees or volunteer coaches participating in a public school sponsored athletic program, both curricular and extracurricular, or extracurricular club or activity, to participate in bullying and hazing prevention training. A refresher training is also required at least once every three years.


Virginia

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: According to the Virginia High School League's requirements, any school sponsoring an interscholastic activity in named sports or academic areas are required to have at least one member of that activity's coaching staff to attend a Virginia High School League's sponsored rules clinic for that activity in each year that one if offered.


Vermont

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Washington

Last Updated: 7/21/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.


Wisconsin

Last Updated: 3/22/2012

Pre-service Requirement: Code PI 34.33 (2004) states that a license is not required to coach. However, a license to coach athletics may be issued to an applicant who holds a valid Wisconsin teaching license under this chapter and has obtained the institutional endorsement for the license to coach athletics or an applicant who is eligible for or holds a license in physical education based on a physical education major.

Professional Development: None specified.


West Virginia

Last Updated: 4/30/2009

Pre-service Requirement: Board Policy 5202 (2004) requires coaches to have at least a high school diploma or GED, be employed under contract by the board of education to serve as a coach, complete approved training, and have the county superintendent's recommendation.

Professional Development: Board Policy 5202 requires the coach to be employed under contract with a board of education to serve as a coach and the recommendation of the county superintendent for licensure renewal.


Wyoming

Last Updated: 3/25/2012

Pre-service Requirement: Rule 3817, Chapter 8 (1999) requires a teaching certificate as specified under Rule 5615, Chapter 3 (2004), successful completion of a Prevention & Care Athletic Injury class, certification in first aid and CPR, completion of an athletic coaching education sport science course or pass the National High School Athletic Coaches Certification Exam, and either one year of positive supervised coaching experience or completion of a sports techniques and tactics course.

Professional Development: Rule 5181, Chapter 15 (2003) requires five semester hours of credit and/or 75 clock hours of professional development for license renewal. Rule 3817, Chapter 8 also requires renewal of first aid and CPR certification.


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