Health & Wellness

Athletic Coaching Program


The Athletic Coaching programs at Santa Monica College offer training in techniques for teaching and coaching individual and team sports at the high school, college, or club level.

The programs cover a wide range of sports — from aquatics, track and field, and basketball, to racquet sports and many others — as well as fitness training, care and safety, officiating, and sports management.

Transfer Preparation

Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as several private and out-of-state institutions.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science Degree - Athletic Coaching

60 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Athletic Coaching

Designated minimum number of units

The Athletic Coaching program prepares students to coach a variety of sports and fitness programs. The program includes courses in Kinesiology Physical Education, Athletics, and Nutrition. Students will understand the basics of training and fitness, prevention of injuries, nutrition, and the fundamental skills of the sport in their area of emphasis. Athletic Coaching can lead to employment as sports coaches at the high school, collegiate, recreational, and club levels. For additional career possibilities, visit the Career Services Center on the main campus to utilize computerized career information systems and other valuable career resources.

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