What does a Head Coach do?

Coaches work with clients to help them develop and perfect a skill. They are employed in various settings, including on sports teams, with school subjects, and with particular skills including life skills. Coaches identify their clients’ strengths and weaknesses, and identify and help them to improve upon and strengthen both.

Coaches identify opportunities from a client's needs, objectives, and skill sets. They assist clients by offering constructive criticism for improvement, and they ensure their clients are continuing to develop their desired skills. Coaches provide valuable information and suitable pathways from their clients needs and skills, their interests and qualifications, and their experience. A coach will conduct tests that assess a client's skill and ability and provide feedback and suggestions based upon test results. Coaches review a client's portfolio and suggest improvements as needed. They work with a client to set goals and revisit those goals or revise as needed once goals have been achieved. Coaches need a minimum bachelor’s degree in and certification to coach in their area of expertise.

What responsibilities are common for Head Coach jobs?
  • Assist in the planning of the athletic program.
  • Promote, support and actively participate in the practice regime.
  • Maintain an accurate inventory of equipment, uniforms, and supplies.
  • Manage, develop and oversee all aspects of the team's budget.
  • Schedule conferences with parents/guardians, as necessary, regarding the athletic performance of their student.
  • Manage assistant coaches and other team staff.
  • Assist in the recruitment of student athletes.
  • Travel to tournaments, games and clinics to evaluate recruits.
  • Recruit student athletes for the coach's school for participation.
  • Oversee and monitor academic progress of all team members.
  • Teach team members the proper techniques in strength and conditioning training.
  • Maintain strict compliance with all college, GNAC conference and NCAA rules.
  • Maintain necessary attendance forms, insurance records, and similar paperwork.
What are the typical qualifications for Head Coach jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business or exercise science or equivalent experience.alent coaching experience.
  • Leads teams and/or clients using a positive attitude and continuously strives for improvement.
  • Conduct motivational interviewing and advocates for team/clients.
  • Possesses confidence and adaptability.
  • A critical thinker with strict attention to detail.
  • Able to lead groups and encourage problem solving and collaboration.
  • Advocates for teams/clients using professionalism and confidence.
  • Leads in exercises, scrums, and drills.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Head Coach make?

Head Coach Career Path

Learn how to become a Head Coach, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L4
Assistant Head Coach
$55,831/yr
L4
Lead Coach
$60,119/yr
L5
Head Coach
$72,367/yr
L5

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
36%
2 - 4
48%
5 - 7
3%
8+
13%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Head Coach Insights

Read what Head Coach professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
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“I am great full to be on such a great team so I don’t have anything negative”

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Jun 22, 2020

“This is a great place to work with people who enjoy what they do and who they work with!”

ISM Sports
Coach
Jan 10, 2022

“Forgiving manager (especially because I was young and it was my first professional job).”

Kvell Fitness and NutritionKvell Fitness and Nutrition
Head Coach
Jan 14, 2020

“His leadership and belief in me shifted the path of my life and I'm forever grateful.”

Shakers Family RestaurantShakers Family Restaurant
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Jan 21, 2021

“No retirement and no chance to reach your highest level of potential just like any restaurant really.”

DogtopiaDogtopia
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Jan 29, 2022

“the boss was not the best at communicating and put way to much of their responsibilities on the the employees.”

Orangetheory FitnessOrangetheory Fitness
Head Coach
Jun 11, 2020

“If you have a good owner and region it can be one of the best fitness companies to work for.”

WWWW
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Apr 8, 2021

“WW has great health and wellness training and some of the best colleagues I've ever worked with.”

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Head Coach Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of coaches

A typical day for a coach general includes motivating clients to reach their potentials in identified areas needing improvement. They identify and develop specific skill sets along with important goals for specific jobs. In addition to in-person meetings, they will often follow up with reports and written communication.

For individuals who enjoy helping others and developing meaningful relationships becoming a coach can be an ideal career choice. Coaches closely work with their clients throughout the process of achieving the identified goal. However, many professionals choose to continue connecting with their coaches afterward for additional advice.

Coaching can be difficult since the majority of people only reach out to coaches after a significant mistake or career setback. Working as a coach also requires you to rely on the other person to do what you say in order for them to achieve ultimate success.

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