Course Description

Sharpen Your Leadership Skills as a Coach, While Instilling the Same with Your Students

Developing and sustaining leadership in a program takes organization and planning. There are many phases in competitive sports that are not measured in terms of wins or losses, but rather in the leadership development of the student athlete. Coaches are on the field and in the locker room not only to teach players how to win, but also to lead them to success both on the field and in any profession they choose to pursue. Coaches have the unique opportunity to impart habits that will lead athletes to excellence throughout their lives by teaching them the value of loyalty, integrity, and teamwork. “Once you know how to work with people, you can accomplish anything.” (Holtz, 1998, p. 52).

In this course, you will learn the importance of developing leadership within an entire organization and the benefits of approaching every situation with a positive attitude. You will examine professional behaviors and approaches to winning that will ensure that players who leave your program will having enjoyed relating to their coaches and peers, feel better about themselves, as well as having improved their skills.

Learner Outcomes

  • Determine how to create a leadership culture within your students and your organization
  • Identify and cope with adversity and turn why you can't into why you can
  • Set objectives and create a plan to reach those objectives
  • Create and apply a set of leadership guidelines

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for athletic coaches and K-12 teachers who provide physical education, who want to gain a new perspective on coaching in the modern era and explore how strong leadership can be effective with students.

NOTE:  General Public, enroll in Section 007.  Section 006 is specifically for USD Athletics students.  Only enroll in this section if you have a sandiego.edu email address and have been approved to take this section by USD Athletics Department.

Course Materials:  Text, Winning Every Day: The Game Plan for Success, by Lou Holtz, available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.

Technical Requirements


"It was a well designed course for the coaching profession." -- Brian Helmrich, Palos Verdes Unified School District, California
"Great course, provides an opportunity for reflection!" -- Kevin Navarra, Coach, Buhach Colony High School, Merced Union High School District, CA
"It was an awesome experience! I was able to receive genuine constructive feedback. " -- Jose Alcala, Coach and Educator, Birmingham Charter High School, Van Nuys, California

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series

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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $307 credit (2 units) $307.00
Available for Extension Credit
2 units
Section Notes

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

NOTE: This section (007) is specifically for the general public. If you are a student with USD Athletics Department with a sandiego.edu email address, please choose section 006 (for 2023) or 008 (for 2024) for enrollment.

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