North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose coaching at North Central College?

We understand that the best coaches do far more than deliver instructions from the sidelines. To succeed in this field, you’ll need to know the fundamental skills and strategies required for specific sports—but you’ll also need to master the psychological principles and planning, implementation and evaluation techniques relevant to all athletic areas. Our faculty and coaching professionals will give you all that knowledge, and more.

You can also:

  • Develop the leadership skills you’ll need in coaching—and beyond.
  • Gain experience through such athletic department offerings as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Student-Athlete Mentors.
  • Learn from North Central's (and the country's) finest coaches, including Al Carius, who has 14 national team championships.


North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.
U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.
The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) has hired North Central College alumnus Rafael “Ray” Williams as an assistant coach for its track and field program.



Naperville is located in the heart of Chicago’s large metropolitan area with access to many of the Midwest’s premier school districts, park districts, and community centers.  Internships are available in schools, junior colleges, colleges, strength and conditioning, and performance enhancement centers.

  • Sports marketing, DuPage Dragons professional baseball, Lisle, IL
  • Assistant baseball coach, North Central College
  • Assistant basketball coach, Plainfield South High School, Plainfield, IL
  • Track/Field coaching intern, North Central College
  • Game-day intern, Chicago Bears
  • Intern, Chicago Rush Arena Football


Recent graduates in coaching include:

  • Athletes
  • Coaches
  • Umpires
  • Referees
  • Sports officials
Coaching minor, Physical Education major

Dan paired his interest in coaching baseball with a major in physical education. “I want to share my love for the game as a coach. North Central puts you out in the schools as soon as possible, so you know early on if coaching and teaching are for you.”

Part of his coursework, Dan says, was “learning to coach other sports, making you more marketable. Classes are hands-on and interactive and our facilities make it easy to develop your skills.”

A starting outfielder for North Central, Dan coached in a traveling baseball league and took on a coaching internship that involved coordinating the College’s winter baseball camps for local youth. He also worked with new student orientation and mentored...

Coaching minor, Marketing major

Mallory says she added a coaching minor to her studies, “so I could learn the skills for teaching and sharing my passion for lacrosse and other sports.” 

Her courses in team and individual coaching, sport management, health and fitness and classroom teaching opportunities are preparing her to do just that. Mallory’s dream is to be a women’s high school or college lacrosse coach. A summer job as a lacrosse coach, which one of her professors referred to her, is one more step in that direction.

“North Central’s professors are great coaches and teach you the skills you need to be an outstanding coach yourself. I’m learning from some of the best coaches in the country.”

Though Mallory’s...

Coaching minor, Exercise Science major

Paul, a transfer student, has packed a ton of memorable experiences into his two years at North Central College. Between his classes, internships and volunteer work, which included a trip to the Super Bowl, he’s seen and done a lot to prepare himself for a career in sports.

“There are many opportunities for students in my field here at North Central,” Paul says. “That’s made me confident in my knowledge and ability to compete against other students who’ll be aiming for the same jobs and positions as me in the coming years.”

Paul, who is pursuing a minor in coaching, worked at the Division III National Indoor...

Coaching minor, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management major

Phil entered North Central as a member of the football and baseball teams and chose to minor in coaching for the opportunity to pursue his passion in sports after graduation. He was able to complete an internship assisting with the administration of a summer baseball camp for children and develop leadership skills, which have proven beneficial in his pursuit of dual degrees in sport management and entrepreneurship. He hopes eventually to coach baseball at the high school level, in addition to owning his own business.

“The faculty are very generous with their time and expertise. Not only do they have the real-world experience to teach the skills you need, but they show you how to become a better person...