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How Can I Make Money Coaching Sports Without a Teaching Degree?

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If you are interested in sports and like helping others achieve their highest potential, you can get one of many different coaching jobs. The most common coaching jobs are in schools, but for most of those you need a teaching degree. If you don't have a teaching degree, however, there are many other ways that you can make money coaching sports.

Apply for coaching positions in nonschool-related sports, such as community, citywide or state sports leagues. These sports leagues will be looking at your experience with the sport and your experience coaching, instead of at an education degree, and you'll get hired based on that information.

Become a private coach by looking for people interested in smaller-scale sports who require coaching help. These might include figure skating, track, tennis and other sports that aren't typically played in teams.

Apply for coaching positions with businesses that run sports teams, such as gyms that have track teams or privately run swim teams that operate as a business. These organizations hire coaches based on coaching merits and personality.

Browse through the list of educational coaching jobs available. At some small schools, or at schools that are heavily focused on sports, principals and superintendents might value your coaching ability and experience over whether you have a teaching degree.


You might need to build up your coaching resume by working on a volunteer basis for such things as youth and community sports.