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Direct learning experiences guide ACE graduate to collegiate coaching role

From learning in the class room to applying knowledge on the field, the WVU athletic coaching education program helps undergraduates acquire skills to compete in the coaching profession.

David Ferraro, assistant coach with the Wesley men’s lacrosse program, Dover, Delaware, says his athletic coaching degree from the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences helped him prepare for this position.

“I believe the CPASS program gave me the tools to achieve. The professors and classes set me up to succeed in the athletic industry,” said Ferraro.

While in Morgantown, Ferraro served as an intern with the strength and conditioning program at University High School. He also coached the UHS boy’s lacrosse team for three years and the WVU Men’s club lacrosse team from 2017-2018.

At Wesley, Ferraro helps plan practices, find new ways to inspire athletes and makes recruiting calls.

“The graduate assistant position will strengthen my career goals while I earn a master’s degree and coach at the collegiate level for two years,” said Ferraro.

Ferraro credits many people who have helped him during his academic career.

“Throughout my education, my parents and fellow classmates in the athletic industry have been supportive. My professors, especially those who have a background in coaching, made sure we had every detail accounted for our assignments. Their attention and dedication to us inspired me to pursue and achieve my graduate assistant position,” said Ferraro.

Ferraro is working toward a master’s degree in sport leadership at Wesley. 

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