Become an Assistant Coach with ACPE's Career Guide

If you’re looking to climb the ranks to the Assistant Coach position, our guide will provide valuable insights to help you achieve your professional goals.


What is an Assistant Coach?

If you’re wondering, “What does an Assistant Coach do?” you’ve come to the right place. An Assistant Coach plays a pivotal role in supporting the Head Coach. The Assistant Coach job description involves assisting in training sessions, strategising game plans, analysing performance data and providing constructive feedback to athletes and team members. Assistant Coaches help their team succeed and work alongside players to foster their growth and performance.


How are the roles of the Head Coach and Assistant Coach different?

If you’re unsure about how the roles of the Head Coach and Assistant Coach are different, let us break it down for you. The Head Coach holds the highest authority and is responsible for the team’s overall strategy, player management and decision-making. They represent the team in public and lead in-game tactics. On the other hand, the Assistant Coach supports the Head Coach by focusing on skill development, scouting opponents, offering specialised coaching and providing in-game insights. They work collaboratively to ensure the team’s success, with the Head Coach taking the lead in guiding the team’s direction and the Assistant Coach offering valuable support and expertise.


How to be a good Assistant Coach

To be a good Assistant Coach that makes a difference for your team, you should always act with these key responsibilities in mind:

  • Assisting in training sessionsOne of the primary responsibilities of an Assistant Coach is to actively participate in training sessions. This involves setting up drills, organising practice schedules and providing personalised feedback to athletes. By supporting the Head Coach during training, you ensure that athletes receive focused attention and constantly improve their skills.
  • Strategy and game planningBy analysing opponents and reviewing past performances, you can contribute valuable insights that aid in creating winning game plans. Collaborating with the coaching staff to strategise effectively is vital for maximising team performance.
  • Analysing performance dataIn today’s data-driven world, performance analysis is critical in sports coaching. As an Assistant Coach, you must be adept at using various technologies to gather and analyse data related to athlete performance. This data-driven approach helps identify areas of improvement and tailor training programs to individual needs.
  • Player development and mentorshipBeing an Assistant Coach is not just about the Xs and Os of the game — it’s also about nurturing talent and fostering personal growth. You can inspire athletes to reach their full potential on and off the field by providing mentorship and emotional support.

How to become an Assistant Coach

  • Education and trainingMany Assistant Coaches have a background in sports science, exercise physiology or kinesiology. Pursuing relevant degrees or certifications will enhance your coaching skills and provide you with a deeper understanding of athlete development and performance optimisation.

    At ACPE, our sport coaching courses include the Bachelor of Sport Coaching (Strength and Conditioning). This specialist degree is the ideal blend of theory and practical experience to prepare you for the sport coaching sector’s political, legislative and administrative complexities. Meanwhile, the Bachelor of Sport Coaching (Management) focuses on building your coaching experience and management expertise.

  • Gaining confidence and industry expertiseWhile pursuing your education, seek opportunities to gain practical experience through internships, volunteer coaching positions or assisting local sports teams. Hands-on experience will help you hone your coaching techniques and build a network within the industry. The great thing about choosing ACPE is that your course will blend theoretical and practical units to prepare you for your future career as an Assistant Coach.
  • Develop communication skillsAs an Assistant Coach, effective communication is key. You must be able to connect with athletes, motivate them and convey complex strategies clearly and concisely. Improving your communication skills will allow you to build strong relationships with athletes and foster a positive team environment.

Enrol at ACPE today to get the ball rolling and kick-start your career as an Assistant Coach

Embarking on a career as an Assistant Coach can be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding. Read our blog to learn more about the available career opportunities for those with a sport coaching degree. If you’re uncertain of the average Assistant Coach salary in Australia, attend our Open Day to have further discussions with our academic and student support staff and take a tour of our campus. Or, for any other questions, contact our team — they’ll be delighted to assist you.

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