MU starting new online degree in coaching

The University of Missouri is starting a new online master's degree program aimed at taking the bullying out of coaching.

Former head track and field coach Rick McGuire says screaming and yelling is bully behavior and shouldn't be used by coaches. McGuire hopes to spread that message through the new positive coaching degree.

Courses will include sports psychology, athletic administration and strength conditioning.

But the 30-hour program also will help coaches manage people without using negative behavior.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that McGuire hopes to see plenty of school coaches from Missouri sign up. He says the program is a good way for coaches who also teach to add to their education while studying something they're interested in.

The master's program, announced earlier this month, starts June 4.