What kind of education is important if you want to be a strength coach at the university or national level?
I'm working on a degree in Exercise Science, but I am considering a degree change to get out a bit earlier. Is it important to work up to the upper levels of education to be a strength coach along the lines of a Poliquin, Staley, Thibadeau, or Waterbury?
Step 1. Get good grades. Step 2. Get a good internship with a pro sports team or college sports program. Step 3. Get certified by at least one good agency like NSCA. Step 4. Make good connections, so that you can find a good job, when one becomes available.
Steps 2,3 and 4 can be interchanged, but if you don't at least get some good grades to start off with, it's hard to get the internship.
Poliquin, Staley, Thibadeau, and Waterbury all have master's degrees (or are working toward there masters), that kind of answers your higher education level question now doesn't?
The best business advice I have received came from Charles Poliquin: "The basic rule is that you have to read 10 hours a week on a particular topic for five years to develop an appreciably level of expertise on that precise subject. If you're not willing to commit that much time, you might consider a different line of work."
This field does not need any more piss pore strength coaches/trainers. Utilize every means you have to gain knowledge, you could intern, read books, read articles, watch training videos, call and/or e-mail other strength coaches, those are just a few of the paths to gain knowledge.
Knowledge is not power applied knowledge is power! ---Paul Check
CT wrote a great article a wile back on how to become a strength coach, the links below: