Wisconsin Lutheran College offers a coaching minor,
which equips students to serve and teach in the highly participatory area of
Coaches, because of the nature of their position, are in a favorable setting to teach concepts that lead to effective living. Healthy competition, teamwork, goal setting, dealing with victory and defeat, and “walking one’s talk” are only a few of the life skills coaches can help to develop in the young athlete. WLC works with future coaches by teaching skills and techniques for proper leadership, as well as equipping them to lead young athletes with Christian principles found in God’s word. Internships are encouraged. Previous coaching minors have interned with the Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club and with WLC’s athletic teams.
Students enrolled in the coaching minor have an opportunity to pursue internships at Wisconsin Lutheran College, as well as within Milwaukee area athletic leagues.
Shaun Stannard, communication major and coaching minor, interned with Wisconsin Lutheran College football program and assumed such responsibilities as supervising team weight lifting sessions, leading speed training sessions, assisting with various drills, stations and lifts, and assisting with spring practices. Shaun's reflection on his experience show how valuable the intern experience can be: "Truly getting a first-hand look from a coach's perspective is one of the most appealing things about this internship. Interning has given me a realistic look at everything that goes into coaching football at the collegiate level."
Jamie Matz, sport and exercise science major and coaching minor, interned with the Milwaukee Sting Volleball Club and assisted coaches at various levels with practices, running practices when asked, helping to develop and implement a volleyball specific strength and conditioning program, and working youth volleyball camps. As Jamie reflected on her internship, she stated, "I get excited about making a difference in the lives of the children I come in contact with. It makes me realize how close coaches get to their athletes and how important that is. I never really understood it as an athlete, but the right coach can make a world of difference."
In addition to the coaching minor, the physical education department offers a variety of electives and applied fitness performance courses which fulfill the physical well-being general degree requirement, including: