53201 – Coaches



53201 – Coaches
Coaches prepare and train individual athletes or teams for competitive events. They are employed by national and provincial sports organizations, professional and amateur sports teams, sports clubs and universities or they may be self-employed. This unit group also includes sports scouts who identify and recruit athletes for professional sports teams. They are employed by professional sports organizations.

Index of titles
Amateur athletics team coach
Amateur sports team coach
Amateur track and field team coach
Athletic boxing trainer
Athletics coach
Athletics team coach
Baseball coach
Baseball manager-coach
Baseball scout
Baseball team coach
Basketball scout
Basketball team coach
Bobsled coach
Bobsleigh coach
Boxing trainer
Cycling coach
Figure skating coach
Football coach
Football scout
Football team coach
Gymnastics coach
Head coach
Hockey coach
Hockey scout
Hockey team coach
Junior hockey coach
Kickboxing trainer
Lacrosse coach
Lacrosse scout
Lacrosse team coach
Luge coach
Luge instructor
National team coach
Professional athletes team coach
Professional sports scout
Professional sports team coach
Professional team coach
Provincial team coach
Ski coach
Soccer coach
Sports coach
Sports scout
Swim coach
Swimming coach
Tennis coach
Track and field athletes coach
Track and field coach
Track and field team coach
Volleyball coach
Water-polo coach


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Identify strengths and weaknesses of athletes or teams
Plan, develop and implement training and practice sessions
Nurture and develop athletes' potential skills and abilities
Develop, plan and coordinate competitive schedules and programs
Motivate and prepare athletes or teams for competitive events or games
Formulate competitive strategies, develop game plans and direct athletes and players during games or athletic events
Analyse and evaluate athletes' or teams' performances and modify training programs.
Sports scouts
Identify and recruit developing athletes for professional sports teams
Observe and evaluate prospective athletes' skills and performance, and review their past records
File reports on scouting assessments and recommendations with professional team employers.


Employment requirements
Completion of the National Coaching Certificate program is usually required for individual and team sports coaches in all sports.
National Coaching Certificate Level 3 is usually required for provincial coaches.
National Coaching Certificate Level 4 is usually required for coaches of national team athletes.
A degree in physical education may be required.
Experience in, and technical knowledge of, the sport is required.
Sports scouts
Experience in, and technical knowledge of, the sport is required.


Additional information
Athletes (53200)
Athletic therapist (in 31204 Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment)
Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness (54100)
Sports officials and referees (53202)