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Fisher Announces Coaching Certification Program


St. John Fisher College will now offer the required courses for New York State Coaching Certification. The first of three required courses will be available in the spring 2012 semester. The second course will be offered in fall 2012, and the third course will be offered in the spring 2013 semester.

The program is primarily aimed at candidates in the College’s teacher education programs, but is open to all full-time students at no additional cost. It includes three credit-bearing courses in Philosophy, Principles, and Organization of Athletics in Education; Health Sciences Applied to Coaching; and Theory and Techniques of Coaching (Sport Specific). Candidates must also complete required certification in CPR and first aid. In addition, they are required to submit fingerprints and participate in Child Abuse and Violation Abuse Workshops.

Participants will receive certificates of completion following each course. Once all other requirements have been completed, candidates can apply for interscholastic coaching certification in New York State.

“The coaching certification is in high demand and adds a major advantage for teacher candidates when it comes to career opportunities,” said Dr. Wendy Paterson, Dean, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education.

Three of the College’s coaches will serve as instructors for the courses: Michael Garger, Head Coach, Cross Country; Michael Henchen, Associate Head Coach, Track and Field; and Michael Magin, Assistant Coach, Men’s Basketball.

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