How to Become a High School Football Coach

A coach's job is to train amateur as well as professional athletes and to teach them the fundamental skills of the sport they play. A coach's goal is to improve and perfect the athlete's form, technique and stamina. Coaches prepare athletes for competitions by arranging practice sessions when they can point out the areas of correction the athlete needs. Besides refining individual skills, the coach is also responsible for instilling good sportsmanship and team spirit, which are crucial during a competition. Before a match, the coach will plan the team's strategy. He may amend the plan and change players during the match. Here's how to become a high school football coach.

  • Training and Education There are no specific educational requirements for becoming an entry-level coach. However, if you would like to be a head coach or instructor, you will need to earn a college degree, usually in sports science, physiology and physical education. High school coaches are often teachers who are supplementing their income. Schools only hire an outsider as a coach if there is no teacher available. Before becoming a football coach the teacher will have to take a basic training course in football coaching. This course will include learning about the sport along with its rules and regulations.
  • Experience Before you can become an entry-level coach, you'll have to prove your knowledge and experience. Volunteering is the best way to gain experience. Volunteer to coach little-league football teams or your child's elementary-school football team. With that experience you can start your career.
  • Certification Check with your state's licensing authority to see if you need certification to be a coach. These rules vary from state to state. However, if you want to become a head coach, you will need state certification. You will have to meet certain requirements in order to receive that certification. [Sources:BLS, Education]