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 We have a lot of young coaches that read this website, and that’s awesome.  Our mission is to provide coaches of any age and sport with the best information available so you can provide a better serviced for your athletes.  We want to help advance the world of strength and conditioning.  We want the right information being disseminated, to stimulate intelligent discussion and thoughtful inquiries.

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Buy Phentermine Online Doctor Hello, my name is Eric.  I have been pulling double duty this year, working at a private training facility in the mornings and running a program at a local high school in the afternoons.  I want to be a full time Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach but I really don’t know what steps to take from my current position.   My senior year of college I interned with the strength staff.  I went to a smaller Div II school out west and we had a small staff.  I got experience with lots of teams but football was a priority.  What do I need to do to open the door to the college world?

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First things first.  Eric, thank you for reaching out, it sounds like you are passionate about this and you have shown some good initiative so far.  But the job isn’t done yet and there is still some work to do.

College strength and conditioning is a competitive market.  Which is surprising because, quite frankly, college coaches are over worked and under paid.  The environment can be awesome, and if you can embrace the job for what it is, then it can be a fantastic experience.

One note I want to make to all the future college strength coaches out there.  Never stop learning skills.  Even when you feel like you have made it.  You have to take the resources available to you and learn other skills that can be marketable in the world outside of college athletics.  And I don’t just mean skills related to programming and training, you have to learn other skills.  Skills that can translate to success outside of the field house like leadership, mentorship, group organization and administration.  There should be ample opportunities to develop these skills in a well-organized college program.  But it is on you to make sure you are challenged in the right ways and being stimulated in the right ways.

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Back on topic.  Eric, your next step is a tough one to take and for a lot of people it feels like taking a step backwards.  You are already in a position where it sounds like you are being financially compensated for your work.  If you want to make it in college strength and conditioning, you need to be willing to forgo this for the time being.  There are very, very few paying opportunities out there for truly entry level coaching work.  Your next step is to pursue a GA position, volunteer internship, or (hopefully) paid internship with a college strength program.

Obviously, volunteer opportunities are easier to come by, and if there is a program in close proximity to you, and you have the time and energy to commit to it, this is a good route.  With your current schedule, you could likely keep the high school gig, and volunteer with a college in the mornings.  A couple notes on this.  When I accepted volunteer interns, I was pretty strict on the schedule.  If you want to do this, be prepared to COMMIT to it.  I treated interns like a part of the staff, and my expectations reflected this.  Don’t think that, just because you are volunteering, that you should only do fun stuff, and mix and match your schedule.  You are there to learn and gain experience.  If I am going to commit the time and energy to teach you, these things come at a price.  You have to pay me in time and effort to get your ticket punched.

There are paid internships available at some places, and this can be a really good opportunity to gain more experience.  But again, it’s a hefty commitment.  If I have a paid intern on staff, you better believe my expectations are high.  Not on the education part.  I recognize you are there to learn.  But on the effort and time scale, you better be all in.  These positions can range anywhere from $5,000/year to $15,000, but I have seen very few paid internships with higher compensation than that.  These are competitive positions, and applicants that get the job typically have either A. experience as a collegiate athlete or B. AT LEAST one full semester or more interning with a college program.

If available, a graduate assistant position is your best option, but again, these can be tough to come by and are very competitive.  With a GA position, you can get your masters degree paid for while still getting lots of hours in honing your coaching skills.  This is a tough gig, a lot will be asked of you in the classroom and even more will be asked of you in the weight room.  However, upon completion, assuming you worked hard, progressed your abilities, and showed promise as a competent coach, the GA route will present you with a wider selection of entry level full time positions.

Since GA positions follow an academic calendar, head coaches know in advance when they will be hiring.  These positions are usually filled by February with start dates ranging from June to August.  So, next year have your resume ready and be checking up/calling/dropping in looking for open opportunities.

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I understand that the picture I paint seems bleak.  I loved my work in collegiate strength and conditioning.  I genuinely enjoyed going to work every day.   Being part of a program, watching my athletes grow both physically and mentally through the years has been a rewarding experience for me personally and professionally.  I have been blessed with the experiences I have had.  I just want you to understand it is a tough road.  You have to be ready to grind for a couple years.  Do not get frustrated when you miss out on a job or two.  It happens.  Just keep trying to better yourself as a coach and as a leader.  Success will find you, as long as you have taken the right steps to prepare yourself.

I leave you with the best advice I can give.  Advice I have imparted to many interns and young professionals before.  The three most important qualities you need to be successful in any field.

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