How to Become a Coach in Texas

by Timothy Onkst; Updated September 26, 2017
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Most coaches in the state of Texas work at high or junior high schools. Coaching jobs also exist at the college and professional level, but there are not as many positions available and they're much harder to get without experience. Beginning your career as a high school coach is a good way to gain experience. High school coaches in Texas are required to meet education and training requirements as certified educators.

Step 1

Graduate from an accredited four-year college or university. All coaching jobs in Texas, whether available at the junior high, high school, college or professional level, require a college degree.

Step 2

Complete a teacher certification program as part of your undergraduate degree or take one of the Texas Education Agency approved programs if you already have a four-year degree. All junior high school and high school coaches in Texas are required to be certified teachers.

Step 3

Apply for coaching jobs on school district websites for high and junior high school jobs. School districts in Texas are required by law to post job openings for at least 10 days. Look for opportunities that match the field in which you're certified to teach. Some coaches hold more than one certification which makes it easier to find a teaching position.

Step 4

Work or volunteer to assist at summer sports camps, network, build your resume and get your name out if you want to coach professionally or at a college. Summer camps by colleges often use high school or prep coaches to help staff the camp, making this setting an ideal opportunity to meet people and showcase your coaching abilities and style.

Tips

  • Coaches are required to teach, with the exception of the head football coach at some high schools.

    Coaches and teachers in Texas junior high and high schools could be certified to teach physical education and health, math, science, social studies, language arts, fine arts, business administration or foreign languages.

    According to basketball coach Don Kelbick, it's often who you know, not what you know that lands you higher-level coaching jobs. By meeting coaches and gaining experience, you open the door for potential job opportunities.

About the Author

Based in Harker Heights, Texas, Timothy Onkst has been writing about sports, fitness and health since 2003. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications including "Texas Roundball" magazine, Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports and other websites.

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