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PSYC 395 Coaching Psychology

This class introduces students to the theory and application of the art of motivating, nurturing and leading groups and individuals to achieving goals. Students gain an understanding that the theories and practical uses of sports psychological principles are relevant and can be applied in a variety of settings including the corporate arena, athletic field and educational environment. Students develop and experiment with leadership and team-building strategies assisting them in developing effective people-management skills.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective January 12, 2004 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • To acquire an understanding and appreciation of the major issues that impact Coaching Psychology from the coach, team member, and team perspective.
  • To explore the influences, philosophy, and foundational beliefs of successful coaches, and to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to help formulate your own coaching philosophy.
  • To explore ways to build a motivated, committed, and cohesive team.
  • To learn about the personal and psychological skills necessary to be an effective coach.
  • To make application of principles and theory from Sport Psychology to the science of coaching, with particular emphasis on motivation, leadership effectiveness, communication, team dynamics, and mental skills training for performance enhancement.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Spring 2023

Section Title Instructor
21 Coaching Psychology Allyson, William D Books Course details

Fall 2023

Section Title Instructor
21 Coaching Psychology Staff, Staff Books Course details