I am currently a college student, and wanting to know what the strength and conditioning world is like. I really love sports and feel like I would be really motivational to athletes. Some stuff I'd really like to know: What is the most rewarding part of being a S&C coach? How time consuming is it? What's the best way to get my foot in the door at a University? Are internships or mentorships helpful? If someone would like to let me know how S&C coaching is I'd really like to know, you can just message me if you'd like. Thanks
The most rewarding part of the job for me has been and continues to be assisting people in reaching their goals. Working with jr high school and college athletes its great to watch the people you train grow as athletes and as people. Watching teams come together, commit, and sacrifice for a goal.
It all depends on your specific setting but the hours are often long and a bit irregular, but to be able to do what I love to do professionally that doesn't bother me at all.
Volunteer or intern. If you pursue your master's degree seek a graduate assistantship. Be humble and hard-working, continually learn. Thank those that help you and as you develop as a strength coach pass on your knowlegde.
Mentorships/internships are essential. You will learn alot from proper academic course work, but to become a great strength coach you need great mentors. Never stop learning.
Hope that was helpful.
I agree with Jason. The most rewarding part is helping athletes reach their goal. However another part is helping them grow as leaders and see them mature from freshman to seniors.
The hours are long. 6am-6pm might be average but it also depends on the sports you work and the season.
Internships are a great way. The best way really because you are getting to meet strength coaches and alot of this proffession is who you know.