Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


The purpose of this study was to determine the status of and the professional preparation of women who coach interscholastic athletics for girls in North Dakota. As of this writing, there are no specified requirements for women faculty members to compete which certifies them to coach competitive athletics for girls in the state of North Dakota. In discussing qualifications of a coach, Schafer states the following: “Last, but not least, you must be a professional person with a sound educational background.” The writer felt, that in order to be fully prepared and to have a sound educational background in coaching, women must be provided the opportunity of becoming more professionally prepared in the many and diversified aspects of coaching. The writer hopes the results of this study will be beneficial to teacher training institutions in establishing sound educational programs in preparing women to coach competitive athletics for girls by determining areas which need to be strengthened in the professional preparation of women interscholastic coaches.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Women coaches (Athletics)
Coaches (Athletics)
Physical education and training -- North Dakota



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South Dakota State University