Loras College Offering Coaching Leadership Masters Program

Loras College is now accepting applications for a new Masters of Arts in Coaching Leadership program that will begin in January 2021.

“This program is the only one of its kind in the tri-state area,” Heidi Nelson, director of graduate and continuing education programs, said. “It is all entirely online and asynchronous so students can continue to work full-time if they choose. It also offers an internship or capstone project at the end so students can complete a coaching experience or a project based on a topic of interest from the program. Despite the online program, the Loras approach and dedication to student learning and success continues to be the first priority.”

The Coaching Leadership program is tailored toward individuals looking to advance their career in coaching, athletic administration or other areas of athletic leadership. Designed for recent college graduates or working adults, it will be presented in a fully-online format that can be completed in as little as 12 months.

The overall focus is to provide knowledge in strengthening, coaching theory, and legal/ethical business practices, in addition to offering courses in contemporary issues and the psychology of athletes, all of which will facilitate comprehensive coaching development.

“A student can expect to learn how to develop their own coaching theory and enhance skills as a coach,” Nelson said. “They will take classes in nutrition, psychology, physiology, administration and sport management, and legal issues surrounding coaching to have a 360 degree understanding of what makes a leader in the coaching industry. The faculty are experts in their areas and will provide students with a strong, interprofessional curricular experience.”

Elaina Biechler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Kinesiology, explained that the overall program will provide a well-rounded coaching education.

“Our coursework will include a blend of sports business, leadership and administrative classes as well as courses to help students understand the physiological and psychological aspects of sport performance,” she said.

Courses offered include sports nutrition, legal & ethical issues of coaching, principles of coaching theory & skill development, research methods, contemporary issues in coaching, leadership in coaching, administration and management in sport, applied sport physiology, sport psychology and a coaching internship.

“Our professors have actual coaching experience, which enhances their ability to apply course knowledge to real-life situations. Small class sizes allow for one-on-one attention for a field that has great projected job growth,” Dr. Biechler said.

Students who may still have athletic eligibility of their own and would like to participate in a D3 sport at Loras will also be able to do so while completing this program.

Anyone interested in applying for the Masters of Arts in Coaching Leadership program can visit loras.edu/academics/graduate/coachingleadership for more details.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).