Principles of Coaching

Summer 2015 Online


“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

It is my pleasure to be leading you through this course. My approach with this course is to present information on the essential principles of coaching in a way that emphasizes effective communication and leadership skills and traits as much as principles of coaching. I believe the most important characteristic central to all successful leaders (coaches included) is the ability to effectively communicate.

“Leadership is the process by which a leader imaginatively directs guides and influences the work of others in choosing and attaining specified goals by mediating between the individuals and the organization (or team) in such as manner, that both will obtain maximum satisfaction.” (Theo Haimann). Leadership and coaching go hand in hand!

This course explores the basic principles of psychology and physiology as they pertain to coaching individuals and teams. Students learn to become more cognizant and responsive to the needs and differences of individual athletes. Students learn how to implement effective motivation and communication techniques for various scenarios in organized sports as well as develop a foundation for a personal coaching philosophy.

To get started, please download the course syllabus and take the time to read it carefully (note especially the topics and goals for each week as well as the assignments). After you have completed these tasks, you're ready for Week 1!

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.


Scott Roberts

“In the end, it's about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.” - John Wooden

“People look at me and see a calm, cool guy on the sidelines and I want them to know that my Christian faith affects my coaching and everything I do.” - Tony Dungy

“That's the beauty of coaching. You get to touch lives, you get to make a difference. You get to do things for people who will never pay you back and they say you never have had a perfect day until you've done something for someone who will never pay you back.” - Morgan Wootten