The United States Sports Academy is now offering its second FREE online course to the public.

Introduction to Coaching is designed to help coaches develop the tools to become more successful as leaders, teachers and administrators. The course will help participants  learn how to define a coaching philosophy, communicate more effectively, motivate and support athletes, set goals, manage and prevent injuries, follow nutrition and conditioning guidelines, manage risk, and become a role model for athletes.

Introduction to Coaching teaches the keys to being a successful coach.

The Academy’s Introduction to Coaching course follows the delivery of its Sport Art Appreciation course that was launched in April free of charge. The Academy, the largest graduate school of sport education in the world, also plans to offer a free course on Olympism that will be available soon.

Introduction to Coaching includes six units: Ethics, Administrative Principles, Methodology and Pedagogy for Sports Coaching, Sports Conditioning and Nutrition, Injury Management for Coaches, and Sport Psychology. Supplemental materials including videos, up-to-date articles and other readings are used to enhance and augment the program.

Betsy Smith, Director of Academic Administration and Continuing Education, says the coaching course is much needed, especially for volunteers, parents or others who are new to coaching.

“We hope it will give people a deeper appreciation of the host of duties and skills necessary to be a good coach in today’s society,” she says. “Also, people can learn how easy our online courses are to navigate.”

The Academy, also known as “America’s Sports University®,” offers its courses 100% online, allowing students to take courses whenever and wherever they want. “Rolling” enrollment allows them to begin and complete their studies whenever they are ready and at their own pace.

The final test in the free coaching course consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and is “open book,” meaning participants may use the course reading materials during the exam. There is no time limit for completing the test.

Participants who successfully complete the course may purchase four Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and receive a certificate of completion.

Begin the course now by simply going to the Academy’s webpage for the free courses.

You can also visit the Academy’s homepage at and click on “Take a Free Course.” For additional information, email or call 251-626-3303.