"The MCAA program was exactly what I was looking for in a Master's Degree
program. I was able to pursue a degree specific to coaching and prepare
myself for a future in athletic administration. The professors were all
extremely knowledgeable and helpful throughout the program. I highly
recommend this program to anyone who desires a career in coaching or
-Matthew Lea, 2014 grad
"I just wanted to thank you again for my wonderful experience in the MCAA program. Your guidance, encouragement, and dedication in helping me achieve my MCAA degree can't be measured in just words. A special thanks, as well, for helping me at the end to get my paperwork into my district for my advancement in salary step. I still can't believe it has actually happened after all these years. I am sure that there a number of older coaches that can walk in my shoes and have the same rewarding outcome."
“The experience has truly been invaluable and will continue to play a vital role in my development as a dude rancher.”
-Rebekah (Becky) Atnip, Fall I 2013 grad
“I had a terrific experience.”
-Travis Crockett, Fall I 2013 grad
“Get the word out better- this is an excellent program. I couldn’t have done this through any other program!”
-Pam Lashley, Fall 2011 grad
“Loved the program just the way it is.”
-William Rodish, Summer 2012 grad
“From the first day of the course their heartwarming outreach and genuine desire of success for all of their students has been extremely apparent.”
-Kimberly Chamberlain, Fall I 2013 grad
Student Activities Coordinator- Granby Memorial High School
“Well rounded program that improved my teaching, coaching, and administrating abilities.”
-Joe Hasson, Fall I 2013 grad
“First of all the professors have been phenomenal. I have been very impressed with the clear directions given in each class and the amount of feedback they have given.”
-Eric Dean, Summer 2013 grad
“I have already been able to make slight adjustments in my coaching and staff development that have made huge differences for the betterment of our program.”
-Guy Dierikx, Fall 2012 grad
“Keep doing what you are doing! It is a gram program.”
-Jason Shelangouski, Spring 2013 grad
“The faculty was amazing, helpful, available and very knowledgeable. This made the program very desirable and easy to work through.”
-Mark Gately, Summer 2012 grad
“I researched programs, schools, online versus in class. The research just seemed to be endless. When I found Concordia University Irvine and their program offerings it seemed to meet every criterion and more.”
-Aly Dahl, I 2013 grad
“The Master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration at Concordia University has helped me sharpen my coaching skills, broaden my thinking, and refine my philosophy. In short, the program has helped me to be the best I can be to the blessings in my life.”
-Don Busboom, Summer 2013 grad
“My journey through the MCAA program has been a great one and I hope that it is just the beginning of my journey through the coaching sphere.”
-Robert Brown, Fall II 2013 grad
“I would like to thank, first and foremost, Concordia University of Irvine for creating a program which has given me a chance to further my education, allowing me to better myself as an educator, coach, and future athletic director.”
-Samantha Borba, Spring 2013 grad
“This program has allowed me to work full-time, coach, and pursue my education. Without this program, the likelihood of me being able to complete my Master’s degree would’ve been very low.”
-Frank Borba, Spring 2013 grad
“The MCAA program was the perfect blend for what I wanted; the selection of electives and the opportunity to attend a coach’s academy made it an amazing program.”
“I really enjoyed the program and all those involved.”
“Proud to be an alumni.”
-Andrew Atwood, Fall I 2013 grad
Real Salt Lake Ticket Sales and Fan Relations
“I also want to thank Concordia University for this entire life changing experience for my passion of coaching soccer. I am eternally grateful to this MCAA program which has contributed to my growth as a coach over the last two years and into the future.”
-Karl Anderson, Summer 2013 grad
Physical Education Teacher
“I am impressed and appreciative of your professionalism in helping navigate the uncharted waters of online education for myself.”
-Edward Corcoran, Spring 2013 grad
Strength and Conditioning Coach, St. Francis High School
“My involvement in this program has increased my knowledge of coaching and enabled me to share these skills with my athletes and fellow coaches.”
-Bret Fleming, Summer 2013 grad
“Tom White gave me such a confidence in myself and my abilities. He brought a spark to my education that I never had before.”
-Katie Carson, Spring 2013 grad
“The knowledge I have obtained through the courses and their teaching will be instilled in me for years to come and further prepared me for what I hope is a long and successful career in the field of coaching.”
-Katherine Girten, Fall I 2013 grad
“The experience was enlightening and the connections made have been invaluable.”
-Daniel Galvan, Summer 2013 grad
“Now that the program is nearing its end, I realize I will miss the wonderful opportunities for learning and fellowship the program afforded me.”
“I will miss all these aspects of the MCAA program and am very grateful to the professional development the course provided me.”
-Mandy Gamble, Spring 2013 grad
“My experience at Concordia has been rewarding and I look forward to representing my degree with pride in the future.”
-Christin Gowan, Spring 2013 grad
“I really enjoyed the flexibility the program has!”
“It’s really difficult for me to find something about this program that I didn’t like.”
-Lloyd Wilson, Spring 2012 grad
“Each of the classes were taught in excellence and Christ as the center. I will forever remember the right choice of attending Concordia University. I could not have asked for better people to come into my life these past two years.”
-Jared Bennett, Fall II 2013 Grad
“The program has been an eye opening experience and will benefit me throughout my coaching career.”
-Michael Alba, Fall II 2013 Grad
“Concordia University’s Masters program in Coaching and Athletic Administration has had a tremendous impact in shaping many aspects of my coaching perspective while providing a solid foundation from which to make learned coaching decisions directly applicable to my program. The MCAA curriculum has provided the impetus to challenge my thinking on how and why I coach amidst my love for the sport and has fortified my confidence in making difficult yet sound decisions concerning the athletes I coach and their families”
-Lori Woodbeck, Fall II 2013 Grad
“All of the professors were knowledgeable as well as friendly and helpful. The staff is what makes this program great!”
-Tonya Miller, Spring 2012 grad
"First, it was an honor to be a student at Concordia University. I am grateful for the institution, the staff and resources that the University offered in order to facilitate my learning and provide the best possibly platform for success. The MCAA program is one of the best programs in the country for a reason."
-Mark Underwood, Fall II 2013 Grad
“The Master’s program in Coaching and Athletic Administration has had an
impact to my coaching career by opening new avenues of inspiration and
allowing me to focus on what I love.”
- Jeff Forsberg, Fall I 2013 Graduate
“It has been great to be part of an informative program that instills the
education needed to be successful in life and leadership.”
- Andrea Aguilar, Spring 2013 Graduate
“The Master’s Program in Coaching and Athletic Administration has been such
a positive experience, and it has left a meaningful and positive impact on
my life. This program has allowed me to grow as an individual, coach, and
administrator by challenging my philosophies, goals and strategies.”
- Nathan Berti, Fall I 2013 Graduate
“My experiences in the MCAA program in the past year have been
tremendously beneficial. The knowledge and skills that I have gained as a
result of our classes and interactions have inspired, challenged, and
pushed me to assess who I am as a coach.”
- Shane Woodward, Fall II 2013 Graduate
“The instruction has provided me much insight and guidance throughout my
development as a coach.”
- Jeffrey Fink, Fall 2013 Graduate
"To be honest with you, I'm having the time of my life in this program...learning something new every assignment. I'm not even sure how or why I ended up taking classes, but I'm sure glad I did. I am promoting the program to everyone I come in contact with here in the Midwest. Keep up the great work in all that you are doing there."
Men's Soccer Head Coach / Assistant Athletic Director / Director of Athletic Communications
"I wanted to let you know that I was named head football coach at Saint Anthony High School in Long Beach this past Friday. I strongly believe my MCAA portfolio was a major factor in being offered the position. I went through the interview process feeling confident about what I could bring to their program based on what I have learned from the MCAA program. I am very proud to be a Concordia alumnus, and I look forward to bringing the MCAA coaching philosophy to Saint Anthony High School....Thank you for your continued support and guidance, as well as the opportunity to learn and grow in a great Christian environment."
"I just wanted to let you know that you can now say that your MCAA program has produced a NCAA Division I coach, because I got the job at UNLV!"
"Thank you for leading and instructing me. It has made a big impression on me. My athletes will be better for your effort and contribution. THANK YOU again."
"Thank you so much for teaching an excellent course in Sports Ethics. I enjoyed it immensely and learned a lot. There were many situations I had never thought too in depth about, but you really made me think about how I would react in certain situations. It has given me an excellent framework for any situations that may arise in the future."
Assistant Coach, UCLA Women's Volleyball
"Thank you for an outstanding course. It was a challenge this semester with teaching and coaching, but I have learned immense amounts of valuable information and lessons. The organization and set up of the online course was great. Thank you also for all the extra bits of wisdom and material you've passed on for coaching help. I would love to continue to receive it from such wise council."
"Thank you for the opportunity to learn and grow in a great environment. The administrators are supportive, the teachers are great, and the students are engaged."
"I can't tell you how grateful I am that Concordia is offering this masters program. It has revitalized my attitude towards my job and my future. This class has helped me so much personally and spiritually. Thank you for letting me be a part of this."
"This program was very beneficial in providing me with the tools and organization skills for my current job with the Milwaukee Brewers. I feel having this background will help me continue in my pursuit to move up the ladder in the organization. I would recommend this program to any person pursuing a career in coaching, athletic administration, and professional sports. You will walk away from this program feeling like you can apply it immediately to your profession."
-Southern California / Hawaii Area Scout
"I don't want to take much of your time, but I wanted to let you know about the Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration program at Concordia University. If you have been putting off working on your Master's degree for whatever reason, you should seriously consider getting started at Concordia. I just finished my first class (8 more to go!) and it was the only class that I have ever taken that has helped me improve as a coach. The classes are taught by instructors in our field (my instructor was Baldwin Park AD Mike Zimmerman) in a collaborative atmosphere. We share our knowledge and research and learn from each other. Earning my Masters is something I've always known that I have to do to move up on the pay scale and possibly become a college coach, but at Concordia it is actually something I am looking forward to."
"The MA in Coaching and Athletic Administration at Concordia has been an integral part of my growth and development as a college basketball coach. I am a more confident leader and communicator because of the top-notch instruction and interaction with other professionals enrolled in the program. Whether it's youth, high school or college level, the masters program at Concordia will prepare you to be your very best."
Director of Basketball Operations, UC Irvine
"I felt the MCAA program was extremely beneficial. It was a great opportunity to network with and get to know other coaches and see the learned principles applied through different sports at both the high school and college levels. It was also very interesting to get a variety of thoughts from different people on different issues facing coaches today. The Legal Aspects class was one of the most helpful classes I have ever taken! I would recommend the MCAA program to any coach considering a Master's degree."
-Boys Volleyball Coach
Calvary Chapel High School, Santa Ana
"The first thing that I really appreciated about the program is that it was conveniently located and that the classes met on the same day for the duration of the program. I also appreciated the help and assistance from those heading up the program even though they were in Irvine! I always got my questions answered in a swift and professional manner! I enjoyed the courses and the ability to hear and share various points of view on every topic that we learned about. The instructors, being that they were 'in the field,' were a HUGE PLUS for me! I got to hear and learn about real life situations that are occurring today in the world of athletics. The demand of work certainly was not overwhelming, but it did cause me to be able to research and learn about current topics and trends in athletic administration. I really enjoyed the program!"
-8th Grade Teacher
Glendale Unified School District
"Just thought I'd let you know what a wonderful time I'm having with this program. It has allowed me to really evaluate what I do and how I do it, and it has given me a little boost! I was very nervous about starting the program because I wasn't sure how things would go, but I'm SO glad that I chose to go for it! Thanks for making this whole experience so awesome....I look forward to all that is to come!"
"I learned such valuable information in this program about coaching ethics, athletic administration and finance. The tools from this program have landed me multiple job interviews for high school athletic director and various offers. The professors are well-spoken leaders in their content area and lifelong friends. It was the content learned in this program that has made me choose to stay at my current high school and make an imprint of Concordia University on staff and students."
-Sports Medicine Teacher / Head Athletic Trainer
Beverly Hills High School
"The MCAA program was exactly what I was looking for in a Master's Degree. Because of my age and professional experience (59, 35 years teaching) I wasn't looking for professional advancement; instead I was looking for current practice and a feather in my hat (so to speak). The quality of the program was excellent and perfect for teachers of sports. I was fortunate to have the classes taught nearby my place of employment. I felt that the classroom experiences were especially helpful."
-Physical Education Teacher / Volleyball Coach
Irvine USD / Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club
"I had a lot of fun in your class last week. It was an incredible learning experience and I met a lot of great people. The knowledge is extremely valuable for my progression in coaching. Thank you for everything you have done for me! You are an incredible influence and a great friend! Thanks again for yet again, another great class."
Athletic Director Institute Class Summer Intensive
"Just wanted to say thank you for all of your help. I really enjoyed all of the speakers; they were all very helpful to me and our sports program. Hope to work with you again."
Athletic Director Institute Class Summer Intensive
"What a great week! It was a terrific class. I learned a great deal and became more enthused to begin a great career in education. Thank you for everything! It was a pleasure meeting you and taking part of such an awesome class that you put together."
Athletic Director Institute Class Summer Intensive
"I just wanted to thank you for the amazing class this week. I truly enjoyed learning from you and interacting with the other students. Education is such an important field in life and coming back and working on my Master's has been very rewarding for me. After your class, it only validated why I came back....Your enthusiasm, knowledge, passion, humor, caring, and desire to help us all really had an impact on me. I don't think anyone could have done a better job in teaching this class other than you. God put me here on earth "to be there for others." My faith is strong and now my mission and purpose in life is even stronger. You have reinforced my understanding that building character, inspiring others, making the right ethical decision, setting goals, and abiding by your ideals and values are the keys to life....The Powerpoint presentations by everyone blew me away. It was only a week-long class, but I wish I had this class and those fellow classmates for another 10 weeks.
Ethics and Sport Class Summer Intensive
"This Masters experience has been wonderful, and I am very happy and proud to have gone the direction I did. I am very hopeful that I will be able to make it down to walk next spring, but, if not, maybe I could get some other folks to drive down for a class, just for fun. When the doctorate degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration is coming online, sign me up."
"I just wanted to say thank you again for the great week at CUI. Your class was very worthwhile and will be beneficial to me in the future. I really appreciate how you took the time to get to know our group from Washington. You don't always get that kind of interaction, and it was very neat for us.
Facility Planning and Event Management Class Summer Intensive
"I just wanted to say thanks for offering this class even though enrollment was below the expected number. Mike Zimmerman did such a fantastic job with the class. We were able to tour so many great facilities and witness firsthand the practical application of all the content from the curriculum. He also brought in a guest speaker who was able to answer so many questions for us, and he saved the best for last and we ended today with the amazing Rose Bowl. What a treat! My coursework is now complete and I am very pleased with what the program has taught me. Both the instructors online and Mike have been excellent and I will highly recommend the Concordia program to everyone I know who might be interested. Two of the teachers I work with have already expressed an interest and I will follow up with them in August and answer any questions they may have for me"
Facility Planning and Event Management Class PG Summer Intensive
"Thank you for a rewarding experience. I look forward to working with you again in the future. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication."
"Yes, your class kept me very busy, but it was worth every second. I truly enjoyed your class, and it has helped me write down my thoughts, feelings, and values. Also, I was able to incorporate some positive changes along the way."
Ethics and Sport Class
"After coaching high school athletics for 20 years, I feel I am still gaining practical knowledge from the courses and the group discussions with other coaches in my field. Most importantly, I am able to immediately apply what I am learning to my current team. Specifically, the courses on ethics and psychology of sport have influenced my coaching style and approach this season, and I feel have had a positive impact on my team's performance."
Girls Head Basketball Coach, San Clemente High School
"The program has expanded my knowledge of athletic leadership and coaching, even though I came into the program with over 30 years of experience as a coach and athletic director. The program develops students' cognitive, effective, and psychomotor abilities in a Christian setting that empowers the students for a life of learning and service."
Head Football Coach, Northwood High School, Irvine
"The AD institute was PHENOMENAL. It was the MOST practical course I have ever taken at any level. This course was the exact reason that I signed up for the MA in Coaching and Athletic Administration: Not for philosophy and rhetoric, but for the screws and nails that build the house of Athletic Administration! I think that the format with the 14 different speakers was just the best thing that could have been done. Actually, sitting in my office today, I miss not being there learning more from the AD's."
Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Capistrano Christian
"I wanted to let you know how amazing the class that Rob Wigod just conducted was. I feel the content of the class will benefit southern section athletics because we are more knowledgeable and will be better prepared in the work place. Again, the class is priceless."
"This class has opened my eyes to many things over the past few weeks, but what has hit home the most is reading the book Season of Life. The day I read this book I could not put it down and fell asleep with the book on my chest. By mid morning the next day, I had finished the book. That night at dinner, I enthusiastically began to tell the story to my husband, the defensive coordinator of our high school football team. He began reading it the next day. We began having conversations at dinner that week about the book and how it was so profound that we should be teaching our athletes about life, not just about sport."
MCAA 530: Ethics and Sport
"I have found so much of the information that I have garnered in this class to be useful and practically applicable to my job as a coach. I really am pleasantly surprised at the level and amount of useful, valuable information that I'm accumulating from this masters program. I am truly amazed at so many of the discoveries that I have made as a result of the few classes I have taken through Concordia University. I am overwhelmed at the practical and useful information that has been provided in just this short amount of time. I had no idea what God had planned when I enrolled in this program. As usual, He never disappoints!"