Sports Coaches and Teachers


Sports coaches and teachers teach non-professional individual and team sports to students. They organize, lead, instruct and referee outdoor and indoor games. Their knowledge of sports and physiology help them in their work. Through sports, they teach commitment, fitness and teamwork.

Working Conditions

Sports coaches and teachers work various hours, including evenings and weekends. Travel may be involved when going to out-of-town sporting events.


College coaches earn an average salary of about $35,000, although coaches at large universities earn much more. High school coaches usually earn between $15,000 and $30,000 per year. Average hourly earnings for other sports coaches and teachers is between $6.54 and $16.48. Earnings vary by education level, certification, and geographic area. Some are paid by the session or by the number of participants.

Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study

Good communication skills and the desire to help others are important. Courses in physical education, physiology, education, nutrition and fitness are recommended.

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Education & Training

Education and training for sports coaches and teachers vary greatly by the type of employer, the area of expertise and level of responsibility. Some entry-level positions only require experience derived as a participant in the sport or activity, while others require substantial education or experience. School coaches and sports instructors at all levels usually have a bachelor's degree. Many times, schools draw first from the teaching staff when seeking to fill a position. Coaches may have to be certified according to a school district's policy. A master's degree may increase opportunities for employement and advancement.

Job Outlook

An increased need for sports coaches and teachers is expected to increase employment in this occupation faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for instructors and coaches will remain high as long as the public continues to participate in sports as entertainment, recreation and physical conditioning.

Sources for Additional Information

American Council on Exercise
5820 Oberlin Drive, Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92121-3787

National High School Athletic Coaches Association
P.O. Box 4342
Hamden, CT 06514