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Sports, Coaching and Leisure Concentration

Be a game changer.

What makes a great coach? Many say it’s a combination of leadership skills, a commitment to continuous improvement, and outstanding communication abilities — but it’s also a strong passion for the sport, dedication, winning (of course), and making positive, inspiring changes in the lives of your athletes — on and off the field.

The William Woods University concentration in sports, coaching and leisure will help you learn the fundamentals behind coaching a team or individual, to lead groups on outdoor activities, and learn the theory behind what makes people perform at their best — preparing you to become a coach or other leader of activities.

The concentration builds on an exercise science foundation — so you may develop practice, game, and training plans for your teams and athletes with an understanding of exercise physiology, recovery, prevention and care of injuries, first aid and CPR, and sport psychology. Then, build a deeper understanding of managing athletics, coaching theory, conditioning, and how individuals and teams learn best.

Special Opportunities

  • Take advantage of opportunities to get involved with any of the 15 William Woods NAIA sport teams. Intern and train through our own NAIA athletic program and at nearby institutions
  • Volunteer locally as a middle school, high school, or youth sports coach or assistant coach
  • Take advantage of the $1.3 million Center for Human Performance, which includes state-of-the-art equipment in exercise testing and rehabilitation
  • Train and work in our on-campus fitness facility, the Weider Fitness Center, named for honorary trustee and fitness entrepreneur Joe Weider
  • Participate in many on-campus fitness opportunities and promotions such as Freshman Peer Mentoring or the Health Hunt Wellness Program Advisory Team
  • Continue your education with the William Woods University Master’s in Education in Athletics/Activities Administration

Our Sports, Coaching and Leisure degree at work

Pursue an exciting career as a/an:

  • Athletics coach (middle school, high school, collegiate, etc.)
  • Athletics director
  • Recreational program coordinator
  • Camp director
  • Health coach
  • Sports Development officer
  • Sports Management
  • Outdoor recreation coordinator or trip leader
  • Wellness program director
  • Event manager/director
  • And more


William Woods Exercise Science alumni are currently working for:

  • Health clubs locally and across the nation
  • Wellness centers and corporate fitness facilities
  • College athletic departments
  • High school athletic departments
  • Sport marketing operations
  • Charitable and youth organizations (Little League, Shriners Challenge, YMCA)
  • Country clubs
  • And more


The Sports, Coaching and Leisure concentration at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation — including 37 core major credits, and 23 hours of specialization, including courses in outdoor/venture activities, weigh control and conditioning, flexibility and stretching, theory of coaching, management of athletics, and more.

Courses you may take:


Admissions Information

Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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