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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Sport Coaching

Strength & Conditioning

Do you want to become a strength and conditioning coach? Or, are you a sport coach who wants to learn the winning edge of effective and applied strength and conditioning to enhance athletic performance? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then the University of Denver's specialization in strength and conditioning within the Master of Arts in Sport Coaching program may be exactly what you're looking for.

Unlike other programs that emphasize laboratory research and basic scientific research, our program teaches coaches applied knowledge and skills to design, implement, and problem solve real-world strength and conditioning problems. Check out these program features and come learn from our faculty who exemplify the scholar-coach model of applied practice.

Watch the video recap of a special workout event hosted by Sport Coaching Director, Dr. Brian Gearity:


3 Reasons for S&C coaches to enroll in Sport Coaching:

1) Complete coursework geared specifically for S&C coaches

The Master of Arts in Sport Coaching program at the University of Denver earned the distinction of achieving the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Education Recognition Program (ERP) as an Applied Graduate Studies Program. One of a few such programs in the world, our program aligns with the educational guidelines provided by the world-wide leader in strength and conditioning (S&C). All MASC students are eligible for ERP benefits.

As a student enrolled in our program, you will have the opportunity to complete the following courses related to S&C:

  • Strength & Conditioning and Injury Prevention Program Design (CPSY 4715)
  • Kinesiology (CPSY 4620)
  • Athletic and Performance Nutrition (CPSY 4635)
  • Exercise Physiology (CPSY 4610)
  • Social Psychology of the Body and Performance (CPSY 4722)
  • Strength & Conditioning Independent Study (CPSY 4991)

ERP NSCA DUThe "ERP" logo is a trademark of the National Strength and Conditioning Association in the United States and/or other countries.

2) Learn from Sport Coaching Director, Brian Gearity, PhD

Students benefit from working under the leadership of "Dr. G," who carries an exceptional combination of coaching and scholarly experience in the field of S&C:

  • Currently the NSCA State Director for Colorado
  • Experience as S&C coach at high school, collegiate, and professional level
  • Editor-in-Chief of NSCA's Coach journal
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief for NSCA's Strength & Conditioning Journal
  • Guest Editor for three NSCA SCJ special issues on: Coach Education, Training for Football, S&C for Female Athletes
  • Holds certifications with NSCA, NATA, CSCCA, USAW, USATF

3) Build a strong network

Students become part of a strong network of coaches, mentors, students, and educators working in the field of strength and conditioning. Our student network includes S&C coaches working with youth, collegiate and professional athletes across a variety of sports. Connect with S&C student-coaches in our program at conferences and clinics across the country. Alum of the Sport Coaching program benefit from continued involvement in our learning community as well as our network of coach mentors and additional resources.

Strength and Conditioning Club

Both undergrad and graduate students are welcome to join the Strength & Conditioning Club here at DU.

The S&C club is ideal for any students who are interested in strength and conditioning, want to learn more about it, and/or who want to get healthy and strong while meeting new people with similar interests.

Contact the club president, Jonathan.Kim385@du.edu, for more information!