Supporting Coaches



The Coaching Academy is developing relationships with the Texas A&M Career Center, Texas A&M University Athletics, the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association, the 12th Man Foundation and others in the hope of coordinating opportunities related to employment for students, past and present, who are interested in coaching.

To further facilitate job options, Coaching Academy Director Dr. John Thornton has an open door policy for students, student-athletes, and former student-athletes who have decided that a coaching career is their career goal.

Other ways the Academy facilitates career advancement and job placement for students are by hosting seminar speakers in Dr. Thornton’s classes, providing continuing interaction with the internal advisory council, and including Texas A&M University students when hosting campus visits by youth and high school organizations interested in a coaching career.

Further, the Coaching Academy is developing sports-related volunteer and mentorship opportunities for students through the Deerfoot Youth Camp, which has had a service affiliation with Texas A&M University since 1980.



The Texas A&M Coaching Academy supports our cohort through providing fundamentals and experiences that will allow them to advance their careers in the field of coaching and other athletic administrative positions. The Texas A&M Coaching Academy believes that hosting events that have experienced coaches and professional educators will better equip and inform those seeking to positively affect sport. Also, by providing hands-on experience through volunteer opportunities within the various organizations we network with, the Texas A&M Coaching Academy helps to layer and build upon a foundation that will lead to a higher quality of prepared individuals who seek to impact athletes now and in the future.