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Chia Moses

 
By Chia Moses
Published on February 10, 2009
 
To coach a college sports team is not an easy task, it’s not only stressful but also challenging. Once you’ve understood your role properly the entire experience will be quite rewarding. So, if you’ve decided to coach at the college level then, be sure to take on a wide array of responsibilities.

To coach a college sports team is not an easy task, it’s not only stressful but also challenging. Once you’ve understood your role properly the entire experience will be quite rewarding. So, if you’ve decided to coach at the college level then, be sure to take on a wide array of responsibilities.

Here are some of the common responsibilities of a college coach:
  • To represent the college team in an appropriate way.
  • To succeed as a team, involve all the players of your team for every team requirements.
  • To monitor your athlete's academic status as well as and maintain eligibility requirements.
  • To follow all the rules established by the NCAA.
  • To organize and conduct your team’s practices.
  • To administer all the issues related to your sports team.
  • To schedule matches and tournaments for your team.
  • To recruit and sponsor talented players.
From other traditional roles being a college coach can be very satisfying and rewarding. Not only will you be able to develop a bond with your players but also experience the joy and sorrow of winning or losing a match. Usually, college sports programs aim for titles, like Conference, Regional or National. At times, these titles are used by coaches to attract the best players. Apparently, every top athlete will like to join a successful program. This pressure of attaining titles often falls onto the coach.

These are some of the best ways to become a college coach:
  • To have the required experience of playing the sport you want to coach.
  • To have a masters or college degree (if required).
  • To create a good resume.
  • To acquire leadership skills.
  • To know all the rules and regulations of the NCAA.
  • To have a plan to present to your employer. The plan should mainly focus on style of coaching and the leadership style.
  • To do some research on this topic.

Do not take the role of a college coach lightly. It is both a fun and rewarding career, if taken seriously. However, before you join this field it is advisable to gain experience as an assistant coach to get a brief idea of this job.