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M.S Ed in Physical EducationCoaching Education Concentration

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Coaching Education at a glance

The Coaching Education emphasis focuses on theories and practices that can be used to promote athletes' health, wellbeing, and performances at different levels. Most of our students in the master's program have either some playing or coaching/teaching experiences, sometimes both, which makes the class discussion resourceful and enjoyable. Research-based articles and relevant practices are commonly discussed in classes, and the students have the option to choose either conducting a thesis study or completing an internship as the culminating event. Our courses cover the following topics:

  • Learning and coaching theories
  • Planning and administrative aspects of sport programs
  • Motor learning and development
  • Psychological and motivational issues in sports
  • Performance assessment and evaluation in sports
  • Exercise physiology and ergogenic aids
  • Nutrition for health and sport performance

Recently Completed Thesis/Publication

Potter, Eric. "Effects of a Unilateral Strength and Plyometric Training Program for Division I Soccer Players" (2017). Master of Science in Education (MSEd), thesis, Human Movement Sciences, Old Dominion University


Recent Alumni Profiles

Kyle Jolly

Kyle Jolly M.S. Ed., is the Offensive Line Coach for the Football team at Concord University. He was a lineman at University of North Carolina (UNC Tar Heels) and started 38 straight games at left tackle. Later, he spent time in the NFL as a member of the Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburg Steelers organizations. Kyle graduated from UNC in 2009, and received a Master's degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Coaching Education from Old Dominion University in 2016.

Eric Potter

Eric Potter, M.S. Ed., is the Associate Director of Sports Performance at Old Dominion University. Eric played parts of two seasons with the Oakland Athletics minor league organization after being a four year starter on the University of Maryland Baseball team. He has Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from University of Maryland, and received a Master's degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Coaching Education from Old Dominion University in 2017.


Program Admission and Contact

We have a rolling application. That is, students can apply at any time, and applications will be reviewed once they are complete. Students can start at fall, spring, and summer. GRE score requirement can be waived for those with quality undergraduate GPAs.

For more information about this program including admission, assistantship, curriculum, and requirements, please view the catalog page, or contact Justin Haegele, at jhaegele@odu.edu or 757-683-5338.