There is not one specific set path to take to become a strength and conditioning coach. No certain college major, education, or certifications alone that will guarantee a strength and conditioning coach job. However there are many things to do to be successful and increase your chances in getting a job and learning the ropes. Here are a bunch of resources to guide anyone that is hoping to become, or perhaps already on there way to becoming, a strength and conditioning coach.
UltimateStrengthandConditioning.com has a terrific and very in depth article from Jim Kielbaso with tips on the path one should take when trying to become a strength and conditioning coach. Whether it be at the high school, college, or professional level, or in the private sector this article can be a huge help in taking the necessary steps to becoming a strength and conditioning coach. Check that article out here.
Eric Cressey also has a great article on his blog that you can find here about becoming a personal trainer or a strength coach. Again this article will help with what steps to take to be able to become a successful coach.
The last of my articles, and possibly my favorite, on becoming a strength and conditioning coach is from Adam Feit who is currently an assistant, under one of the nations top strength and conditioning coaches Joe Kenn, for the Carolina Panthers. Oh yeah, he’s also 25 years old and was a head strength and conditioning coach at Eastern Michigan when he was 24, so the man knows a little about moving up in the coaching world. He posted a three part series on Elite FTS as a reference for the college student aspiring to be a strength coach. Here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. This should be an awesome resource for anyone trying to become a strength and conditioning coach and is something I wish I would’ve read had I known what I was doing.
Finally Mike Robertson has an awesome article here that simply talks about getting better. This article can relate to those hoping to become strength and conditioning coaches or those who already are as it talks about learning from the best. Whether its getting better and more educated on your way to becoming a strength coach or getting better at your current job as a coach, this article will help you start the process to bettering yourself, and perhaps your life and career.