A good team needs a good coach—and Maranatha is committed to training men and women to be effective coaches who know how to minister through athletics. The Coaching minor focuses not only on how to have a winning season but on training athletes to model character traits such as faithfulness, commitment, and perseverance. Dedicated athletic instructors challenge athletes to excel in sports as well as godliness.
Students who minor in coaching learn how to teach basic skill development in at least three sports of their choice (baseball, basketball, football, softball, soccer, volleyball, or wrestling). They also gain an understanding of team organization, anatomy and physiology, coaching techniques, conditioning procedures, and first aid and safety.
A knee injury in the fall of 1987 forced Paul LaDuke to take a different view of God’s path for his life. Instead of teaching and coaching, he earned a master’s degree in Sports Medicine and became a Certified Athletic Trainer. LaDuke now works at the Lower Dauphin School District in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. “Coach Jerry Terrill’s classes taught me the role of the athletic trainer and instilled a great foundation of, and love for, exercise science,” LaDuke said. “Thanks to his influence, I can now minister to the health needs of thousands of athletes.”