Coaching minor will be offered at Salem
Winston-Salem, NC- A new minor program in coaching will be part of the educational curriculum at Salem College beginning in the fall of 2010, according to an announcement made by Ann McElaney-Johnson, dean of the college and vice president for academic and student affairs.
Courses in the minor will include sport management; the sociology of sport; the psychology of sport; philosophy and fundamentals of coaching competitive sports; care and prevention of athletic injuries; and an internship in coaching.
Dr. Kim Fierke, director of athletics and physical education at Salem, believes that the coaching minor will help fill a void in women's leadership roles in intercollegiate athletics. "Prior to the passage of Title IX in 1972, more than 90 percent of all coaches and athletic directors of women's programs were female," she said. "Today that number falls to 42.6 percent of coaches, and even lower numbers for athletic directors, trainers and sports information directors. We see our new minor as preparing women to inspire and teach students through the world of sport."
Founded in 1772, Salem is the nation's oldest continually operating institution for women, offering 30 undergraduate majors for women, coeducational graduate studies and programs for men and women ages 23 and over via the Fleer Center for Adult Education. For more information about Salem College, call (336) 917-5313 or visit www.salem.edu.