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  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
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The coaching minor is open to all students who are interested in coaching at various levels. The focus is on coaching theory, skill development, strategies, organization and management of practices and games, and safety. The close interaction of faculty and students helps develop a rich base of knowledge and skills that are ethically applied in a variety of practical settings.

Students get hands-on experience coaching multiple sports and dealing with various coaching situations. Special emphasis is given to the differences between coaching team and individual sports. The program also addresses the psychology of sports and coaching, the psychological characteristics of both athletes and coaches, psychological and physical performance enhancement, and youth sports.

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Brian Azinger

Brian Azinger

Head Athletic Trainer

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Brittany Followay

Brittany Followay

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

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Katie Astrauskas

Catherine “Katie” Astrauskas

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

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Mark Cole

Associate Professor of Exercise Science

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Rick Coles

Professor of Exercise Science, 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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Sami Woolson

Assistant Athletic Trainer


Twenty-two total credits; including EXS 181, 245, 246, 281, 352, plus two of EXS 321, 322, 323, and at least four credits from CMM 215, CMM 220, MTH 120, PHL 241, PSC 224, PSC 242, REL 321, SOC 304, EXS 211, 286, 287, 321, 322, 323, 353, 381.


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

Students of any major can use this experience to coach 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.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

  • Through the Departments of Educational Studies and Exercise Science, certification in physical education, health, and adapted physical education are available in early adolescence/adolescence (grades 6-12).
  • Coaching internships and practicums have been completed by students at school districts, youth programs, the Ripon Department of Athletics and Department of Exercise Science, and Willmore Center.  
  • Valuable job experience can be acquired by working in the training room at Willmore Center at Ripon College or the Ripon Medical Center Rehabilitation Department.