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Sport Coaching Education Program Accredited

March 5, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) recently awarded Level 3 (intermediate coach level) accreditation to Kutztown University's Sport Coaching Program.    Kutztown University is one of only 21 NCACE accredited sport coaching education programs in the United States.

KU's Sport Coaching Program is a component of the university's Department of Sport Management within the College of Business. The department prepares students for administrative and operations positions within the sport, athletic, recreation, and fitness industries.  Majors in the program will receive a bachelor of science degree in Leisure and Sport Studies with career options that include management and marketing positions with professional teams, athletic facilities, sport products, sport events, sport tourism, coaching and athletic administration positions. 

"We congratulate Kutztown University for recognizing the value of an accredited coaching education program," stated NCACE executive director, Christopher Hickey. "What is especially important that this is Kutztown's first reaccreditation-a testament to their dedication to providing the best possible education to future sport coaches."

"Kutztown University is pleased and honored to have received NCACE accreditation for our Sport Coaching Program," said Carlos Vargas, KU Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.  "This external accreditation is important in demonstrating our commitment to providing the highest caliber of education to our students."

KU's Department of Sport Management strives to produce:

  • Successful graduates preferred by employers in an ever-changing sport industry.
  • Leaders in sport management who disseminate knowledge at a national/international level.
  • Students who engage in research collaboration and practical experiences specific to the sport management industry
  • Valued partnerships in sport organizations and excellent service to sport organizations to boost sport business.
  • Coaches and athletic administrators who work successfully in educational institutions.
  • Graduates who maintain active and healthy lifestyles.

Dr. Judith Smith, professor of Sport Management, was the leader of the accreditation process for KU.


The National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) is an organization established by the coaching education community across the U.S.  Representatives include members from the single-sport, multi-sport, science/medical/educational fields, and colleges/universities concerned about the availability and quality of coaching education at all levels of sport.  NCACE is a not-for-profit organization comprised of organizations and individuals involved in or supporting coaching and coaching education.  NCACE supports, facilitates development of, and accredits coaching education programs and established program standards to conduct the program review for organizations seeking to provide effective coaching education programs at all levels.  For more information, visit or contact NCACE at 978-201-1024.