Matt St.Croix

Program information

If you’re interested in coaching high school athletic teams, this certificate program provides an opportunity to be certified in New York State to coach sports for grades 7 through 12. Take the three coaching courses required by the New York State Education Department for Coaching Licensure, and learn from current coaches and athletic trainers who work in the field. Get real-world experience through internships and applied learning opportunities. Certification is required to coach in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

Upon completion of the certificate, students should be competent in all of the following areas:

  • Have a sound academic curriculum to meet the requirements of NYS for licensure as a coach.
  • The different types of coaching techniques.
  • How to create and implement lesson plans.
  • Ability to coach a variety of sports and diverse populations.
  • Ability to recognize, evaluate and provide initial First Aid care.
  • Ability to compute and use other mathematical techniques to communicate results of scientific inquiry.
  • Demonstrate information literacy.

See semester-by-semester plan.


Transfer options

This certificate is not designed as a transfer program, although some institutions will accept credits.

Career opportunities

High school sports coach in New York State.

Gainful Employment

Find gainful employment information here.

Internship opportunities

The Theories and Techniques of Coaching course provides internship and applied learning opportunities for students; 45 hours of a coaching experience must be documented with a NYSPHSAA athletic team to receive credit.

Contact us

Sheila Flihan

Sheila Flihan, Dean
Payne Hall 345, Utica Campus
Phone: 315-792-5629