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Course Details

Course Code: SPMT605 Course ID: 2720 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Students in this course will learn what it takes to be a successful leader in the coaching profession. Leadership involves one or more people influencing others in effort to achieve a common goal; coaching leadership focuses on the playing arena. Students will learn strategies to effectively communicate with their players, fellow coaches, parents, administrators and other constituents who impact their program. Coaches need to be able to think on their feet, make decisions under stressful situations, while always keeping the needs of their players and team foremost in their mind. Motivation, management and creative problem solving are critical to successful coaching leadership. Students will compare and contrast how some of the most successful coaches in the business have created their formulas for success; looking at common themes of successful coaches while also learning the importance of incorporating one’s own personality into the process. Students will create a coaching manual that can become their personal coaching bible starting with their coaching philosophy and culminating with their goals and strategies.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Course Objectives (C.O.):

CO1: Analyze the major components involved in the leadership of coaching.

CO2: Analyze coaching philosophies and develop a coaching philosophy.

CO3: Identify how coaching leadership skills relate to practice planning.

CO4: Analyze the different styles and communication, learning and leadership skills.

CO5: Analyze the importance and role of little things in coaching.

CO6: Understand the importance of praise and consequences to team success.

CO7: Learn the importance of goal setting.

CO8: Analyze strategies and leadership styles.

Forums – Each week there will be a discussion topic. These discussion topics will either come from Dean Smith’s book or from current events. Each week a question or statement will be posted and the students will be asked to discuss the particular topic. The discussion of the topic will be based on the student’s personal experiences, lecture notes and readings. It is important that all students interact with their fellow classmates. This will allow for optimal learning. Each student has different life experiences from which all students can learn. Students are required to submit their first response by Wednesday and then respond to at least two classmates by Sunday. There will be a total of eight discussion forums worth 10 points each.

Assignments – There will be three assignments due week two, three, and six. Remember resources should be cited when used both in the paper and on the reference page using proper APA format. **Be sure to include an APA formatted title page and reference page (if you referenced any material) with ALL assignments.**

Final Project – Due the eighth week the final project is a PowerPoint presentation for a class or team with you as the leader/instructor. The presentation is about one of the topics (leadership, planning, etc) discussed in the class and why it is an important area in the coaching profession. The PowerPoint must be in bullet format such that it is a guide for your lecture since the actual lecture will be part of the notes section. Feel free to use resources on the Internet, in the textbooks and any examples in your life experience to help you preparing your lecture. The project is worth 100 points.

Interaction and Ongoing Participation and Contact - You are expected to interact with your fellow students as much as possible and participate in all forum posts. Posts should be insightful, show that you are thinking outside the box, and adhere to the minimum word counts. Comments on your classmates’ posts should challenge and/or question their position.

Additional Resources:

There may be other materials, including websites outside the classroom, assigned by the Instructor during the course.

Auriemma, G. (2006). Geno: In pursuit of perfection. New York, NY: Warner Books.

Billick, B. (2001) Competitive leadership: Twelve principles for success. Chicago, IL: Triumph Books, 2001.

Biro, B. D. (2001). Beyond success: the 15 secrets to effective leadership and life based on legendary Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success. New York, NY: Berkley.

Chadwick, D. (1999). The 12 leadership principles of Dean Smith. New York, NY: Total/Sports Illustrated.

Lombardi, V., Jr. (2005). The Lombardi rules: 26 lessons from Vince Lombardi--the world's greatest coach. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Lombardi, V., Jr. (2001). What it takes to be #1: Vince Lombardi on leadership. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Smith, D., Kilgo, J., & Jenkins, S. (1999). A Coach’s life. New York, NY: Random House.

Summit, P. (1999). Raise the roof. New York, NY: Broadway Books.

Wooden, J. (2004). My personal best: Life lessons from an All-American journey. New York: McGraw Hill, 2004


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the APUS academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note website addresses are subject to change.

Coach K- Official Website of Coach Mike Krzyzewski

This website is the official website of Coach K. It has update information on Coach K and can be a good website for you to keep up to date on Coach.

Coach John Wooden’s Official Website

You can locate Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of success on this website. This can help you with your leadership endeavors.

Vince Lombardi Quotes

Vince Lombardi is one of the most famous coaches. You can learn a lot from his quotes on this page.

Janssen Peak Performance: The Carolina Way: Leadership Lesson of Coach Dean Smith

This website has excerpts from North Carolina Coach Dean Smith. He is one of my favorite coaches.

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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.