Sport - Coaching

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What do Sport Coaches do?

Sports coaches are important to enhancing the sporting experiences for various groups in sport and the community. Coaches engage with a broad range of participants who place significant demands on them. They are not only expected to coach the technical and tactical components of the sport but also to develop the participants physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively.

Where are the jobs?

AFL; AFL Clubs; Victorian Institute of Sport; Netball Victoria; FFV; Cricket Victoria; VicSport; all National and State Sports organizations; Local Schools and Sports Clubs; School Sports Australia; Corporate Wellbeing organizations; Local Government Sport and Recreation Departments

Job titles to search

Sports Coach – Leading the development of participants to achieve; maybe in full charge of a team / individuals or act as a specialist skills coach

Coaching Coordinator – Recruiting and supporting coaching staffs to fulfil the organizational needs and positive club culture

Group Fitness Leader – Incorporating the skills of a personal trainer and fitness instructor with group leadership abilities

Corporate Wellbeing Officer – Developing and coordinating health and wellbeing initiatives within corporate organisations

Sport Development Officer – Managing and developing initiatives to promote health and wellbeing in the community

Sport Camp Coordinator – Manages the camp facility/site development, customer service needs and programming

Skills required for the job

Teamwork, partnership & collaboration skills

Interpersonal and communication skills (written, oral, presentation, negotiation)

Project management skills (e.g. organisation, time management, problem solving)

People management and customer service skills including relationships with key stakeholders, ability to influence and negotiating

Being practical, understand what is ‘realistic’

Ability to work autonomously

How to develop your skills

The key to the development of these skills is to begin think like a coach. The best ways to develop this is to undertake coaching practice, almost like an apprentice in a trade. Learning by doing, in a controlled environment, will allow coaches to enhance their practice and develop core competencies. The use of reflective practice is highly encouraged, with the use of play-back technology, coaching journals and mentors an important part of the process.

What units or courses to study at Deakin

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Coaching Major)

HSE105 Principles of Sport Coaching

HSE204 Motor Learning and Development

HSE205 Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice

HSE305 Issues in Sport Coaching

HSE321 Sport Coaching and Development Practicum


There is a rich history in coaching at Deakin, with the university being the first to offer an undergraduate degree in coaching in Australia. Sport coaching has become more diversified over recent years in response to the global move to make it a more recognizable profession. The key skills developed within the major (i.e. effective communication; planning) are easily transferrable to numerous roles within sport and other industries.

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