Bachelor of Science in Sports Leadership
Promote Health and Fitness Professionally
Does a career in coaching, fitness or officiating appeal to you? If so, then a Bachelor of Science in Sports Leadership at St. Catharine College in Kentucky may be just the degree path you should pursue. The degree equips you with the broad interdisciplinary education that is so appealing to employers in all areas of specialization. Plus, it gives you the leadership, sports and related classes you need to begin a career in the sports arena.
The Sports Leadership program at St. Catharine gives you many avenues for participation in athletics. Your classroom environment is intimate, often including around 17-20 students, so you will have ample opportunity to contribute to class discussions and get to know your fellow students and instructors well.
During your senior year, you will complete a capstone project specifically designed to suit your career interests. For instance, you might organize and construct a wellness program for an area school or plan a comprehensive fitness program for a regional boys’ or girls’ club. By the time you complete your degree, you will be ready to begin a rewarding career in one of the many venues in need of qualified leaders.
Coaching – 18 hours required
Special Program Highlights and Features:
- Small classes provide students with many opportunities to participate and to get to know their instructors well.
- Once they complete the officiating class and are licensed by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, students in the program have opportunities to earn money officiating while in college.
- Engaging classroom discussions cover the spectrum of current sports world issues, including ethics and legal issues.
- Graduates of the program are well suited for leadership positions in fitness centers, as coaches and in organizations such as community centers that promote fitness and physical activity.
- You will participate in the NAIA Mid-South Conference when you take part in intercollegiate sports at SCC.
- Many students undertake internships as assistant coaches, personal trainers and in other sports-related positions while pursuing their Sports Leadership Degree.
Interesting Courses You May Take:
Introduction to Sports Leadership – This course explores sports from a leadership and physical education perspective. It examines movement principles, historic and scientific foundations, physical education mainstreaming, organizing sports and physical activity programs for children and young adults. The course investigates the role physical activity and sports play in the total development of an individual. The class reviews potential career opportunities.
Fundamentals of Basketball Coaching – Designed to give the student basic knowledge for engaging in coaching basketball, including coaching techniques, drill design, conditioning procedures and safety methods.
Principles of Sports Information – Under professional supervision and guidance, this course gives students practical experience in the specific area of sports information in the sports industry. The students will be asked to create media information and develop methods of distribution. When possible and appropriate, the student will have the opportunity to promote the St. Catharine College Patriot Athletic Department through various tasks and assignments.
Meet the Instructors
Instructors within the Sports Leadership program include those who hold both academic credentials and have played extensively in sports ranging from competitive tennis to baseball, basketball, field hockey and softball. Sr. Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, J.D., Ph.D. teaches courses covering the legal issues of sports.
Career Outlook for Major
With the nation’s increased focus on physical fitness, experts anticipate that job opportunities within the sports leadership (fitness) field will grow at a rate much faster than the average of all occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions for fitness trainers are expected to increase by 29 percent between 2008 and 2018.
Prospects are also bright for those who wish to become coaches or scouts or hold related positions. Experts predict job opportunities will increase by 23 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is substantially better than the average of all occupations.