Sport Performance Leadership

Sport Performance Leadership

The mission of the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness is to promote academic rigor and sound practice as it relates to health, wellness, fitness, sport management and sport performance leadership.

The Applied Physiology and Sport Management program includes a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Sport Management (APSM) with specializations in Applied Physiology & Health Management, Sport Management and Sport Performance Leadership.

In addition to the B.S. program, the APW department offers a M.S. in Sport Management, a M.S. in Health Promotion Management and a Ph.D. in Applied Physiology.  We also have three research laboratories: the Locomotor Performance Lab, the Simmons Applied Physiology/Biomechanics Lab and the Cerebrovascular Research Laboratory. 

The Wellness program offers two courses- Personal Responsibility and Wellness I and Personal Responsibility and Wellness II which completes  the University Curriculum requirement. The wellness courses reflect the University's philosophy that a balanced education should enhance the social, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of students.

A Message from the Chair


Sport Performance Leadership (SPL) is a specialization within the undergraduate major in Applied Physiology and Sport Management (APSM) housed in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

This program’s mission is to provide students with academic and experiential training pertinent to the leadership and instruction of sport.

The required introductory class for students interested in applying for the SPL specialization is APSM 2340- Coaching and Leadership for Performance.

Academic coursework, addressing coach and leadership development, and the experiential learning opportunities within this program will prepare students for a variety of possible career paths including youth, high school, collegiate, elite-level, or even private practice coaching. It also pairs well with other APSM offerings as either a major or minor.


Sport Performance Leadership

Whom does this program serve?

This program is designed for undergraduate students interested in developing the academic and practical skills necessary for the leadership and instruction of sport in elementary, secondary, and collegiate settings; in elite-level settings; and through private-practice coaching.

What will I learn?

Students develop coaching and leadership skills.