how to become a high school coach

What Does a High School Sports Coach Do?

As a high school sports coach, your responsibilities include working for a school’s athletic department to teach students the fundamentals of a specific sport, helping them gain the necessary qualities and skills of athletes, guiding players toward working as a team, hosting practice sessions for players, and coordinating and coaching games. Some public or private high schools employ specific coaches, but most prefer you to work as a teacher as well if you have the proper credentials. Your duties also include collecting playing and equipment fees from players, organizing fundraisers, maintaining equipment and gear, and encouraging participation from each player.

How to Become a High School Sports Coach

Your duties and qualifications as a high school sports coach vary depending on the sport you coach and the school district in which you work. Most high school sports coaches have current teaching qualifications, such as appropriate coursework in a bachelor’s degree program and licensure for their state.

If you do not work as a teacher, you only need a high school diploma or GED certificate and, sometimes, an associate degree. You also need to pass a criminal background check to work with high school students, and some positions may require you to pass first aid certification programs annually or bi-annually.

How much does a HIGH School Sports Coach make?

As of Jun 10, 2022, the average annual pay for a HIGH School Sports Coach in the United States is $52,561 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $25.27 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,011/week or $4,380/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $89,000 and as low as $12,000, the majority of HIGH School Sports Coach salaries currently range between $31,500 (25th percentile) to $74,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $83,500 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a HIGH School Sports Coach varies greatly (by as much as $42,500), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

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