Advanced Coaching Theory – SMGT 621

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An in-depth study of the theoretical frameworks supporting effective coaching behaviors. Students will develop knowledge in skill development, athlete evaluation, communication strategies, and successful coaching philosophies.




This new course, along with the new cognate of Coaching and Athletic Administration, will require the student to develop his/her administrative skills at a more advanced level, studying more advanced theory than in an undergraduate degree. This graduate cognate will also equip the student to analyze applied coaching pedagogy in a deeper way than the undergraduate program.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Compare the major theoretical models in coaching.
  2. Formulate an effective personal model for coaching practice.
  3. Explain issues in coaching professionalization.
  4. Articulate the importance of good coaching practice from a biblical worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Article Reviews (2)

In two pages, the student will summarize and critically analyze a peer-reviewed journal article published within the past 5 years. The student will select his/her own journal article to review, but it must be relevant to the subject matter of this course. The student must use current APA format. (MLO: A, C, D)

Coaching Model Analysis

The student will analyze and adapt the provided model presented by Lyle & Cushion (2017) as appropriate to each student’s coaching practice and/or sport of interest. Areas of the model that are not applicable to the student’s context will be noted and explained. The 5-page analysis should be in current APA format. (MLO: A, B)

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Quizzes 1–3 will be open-book and open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and true or false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. Quiz 4 will be open-book and open-notes, contain 6 multiple-choice, true or false, and short answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Coaching Philosophy Paper

Annotated Bibliography

The student will submit an Annotated Bibliography of at least 10 relevant, peer-reviewed sources in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D)


The student will write a 10–15-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on his/her coaching philosophy. The paper must reference at least 10 peer-reviewed sources, in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (MLO: A, B, C, D)