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The minor in exercise leadership is designed to prepare students for coaching at the youth, club, scholastic, or college level. The minor includes course work that covers each of the eight domains included in the Standards and Competencies for Sport Coaches as outlined by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and prepares students to test for certification that is now required for high school coaches in Virginia.

As part of the minor, students must complete an internship approved by the physical health and exercise discipline. For students who wish to pursue personal training, athletic training, exercise science, physical therapy, or occupational therapy, the internship can be completed in that job field. The internship experience can also include coaching at the youth, club, scholastic, or college level. Students must complete CEL 220 before they begin their internship.

Why study exercise leadership at Mary Baldwin University?

Female athletes need coaches who can be a positive mentor and role model in their lives, while providing them with professional and scientifically based skill instruction. But, the world of coaching has seen a decline in women coaches for female teams. The coaching and exercise leadership program at Mary Baldwin produces women coaches who are prepared to coach both male and female athletes.

The minor in exercise leadership studies also provides a competitive edge for Mary Baldwin students with teaching certification who are also interested in gaining employment. The Virginia High School League now requires coaches to complete a coaching certification, which students with a minor in exercise leadership from Mary Baldwin will be prepared to take.

The courses offered through the coaching and exercise leadership minor would also be helpful to students who wish to pursue graduate study in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or exercise science.



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