• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities



Ripon College offers a coaching minor open to all students who are interested in coaching at various levels. This program focuses on the study of coaching theory, including skill development, strategies, organization and management of practices and games, and safety. Students will get hands-on experience with learning to coach multiple sports and dealing with various coaching situations. Special emphasis is given to the differences in coaching team and individual sports. Students also will look at the psychology of sports and coaching, including the psychological characteristics of both athletes and coaches, psychological and physical performance enhancement, and youth sports.

Program Spotlight


Brian Azinger

Brian Azinger

Head Athletic Trainer

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Katie Astrauskas

Catherine “Katie” Astrauskas

Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Athletic Administrator, Head Coach of Volleyball

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Rick Coles

Professor of Exercise Science, Chair of Exercise Science Department, Assistant Coach of Football

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Ron Ernst

Ronald Ernst

Professor of Exercise Science, Head Coach of Football, Assistant Athletic Director

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Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon

Career Tracks

What can I do with a coaching minor?

This minor will offer students expertise in the field of coaching and prepare them for coaching athletics. It is intended for students, of any major, who have interest in coaching at any level after graduation.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Unique Opportunities

Student Practicum

Exercise science students have completed practicums at various radio stations, at the University of Wisconsin campuses in Green Bay and Milwaukee, at the offices of the Midwest Conference, and for the Green Bay Blizzard, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Milwaukee Admirals, the Milwaukee Wave, the Rockford River Hawks and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Student are also able to earn an American Red Cross adult CPR certification and acquire valuable job experience by working in the training room at the J.M. Storzer Athletic Center or the Ripon Medical Center Rehabilitation Department.