3Dimensional Coaching Course for College Credit


Course Description

This self-paced online course takes coaches on a journey towards defining their transformational purpose and creating a plan to fulfill it. Along the way, coaches will discover important principles and learn practical strategies for:

  • dealing with the “entitlement” mentality
  • intrinsically motivating athletes
  • harnessing the power of emotions
  • fostering higher levels of confidence
  • creating team cohesion
  • effectively setting goals
  • helping athletes develop character

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This online course is self-paced and will thoroughly train coaches to understand the 3D framework. By taking this course, you gain access to:

  • 25 teaching modules covering 2nd & 3rd dimension topics
  • 100+ short teaching videos (7.5 hours total)
  • Practical steps for writing your transformational purpose statement
  • Over 35 level 2 & 3 strategies in lesson plan format

To earn 3 Credit Hours for taking 3Dimensional Coaching, additional coursework is required above and beyond the amount required in the course for certification. This extra work utilizes Joe Ehrmann’s book InSideOut Coaching.

Upon completion of this course, you will be emailed a copy of your coaching plan. You will also be mailed a hard-copy of your 3Dimensional Coaching certificate that has your personal transformational purpose statement inscribed upon it.

You can also enhance your learning experience by taking advantage of the following resource that complements the 3Dimensional Coaching course for certification:

  • Companion Study Guide: This spiral-bound book covers all 25 modules and reiterates key teaching points from the online training. This resource provides a handy place to take notes as you journey through the 3D content. It also provides thought provoking questions that are designed to be used in small group settings where the content can be processed and discussed by coaches who are going through it together.
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**Check with your district, club, or governing organization to find out if this course can be counted towards CEU’s or other professional development requirements.

Screenshots of an Example Course Module

  • Understand the objectives for each module

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Rating:  4.94 / 5 Stars

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April 13, 2018
The 3Dimensional Coaching program brings everything about coaching into perspective. This program was very beneficial to me, and I have incorporated information into my softball program that has been very successful for my athletes. The girls on my team have found value and purpose to whatever their role may be on the team. I highly recommend this course.
Peoria, Illinois

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April 13, 2018
I felt like the course was informative and adequate in rigor and length.
John Rounds
Lander, WY

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April 14, 2018
I enjoyed being able to go at my own pace. This allowed me to really soak up the information and apply it as I am going through the different phases or seasons of coaching, pre, in, post and off.
Amy Bautista
Athletic Director/Coach
Cedar Rapids, IA

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April 15, 2018
I really enjoyed remembering the "Why I coach" statements that I always used to tell myself and at times took for granted. So helpful and encouraging. It gets me excited to continue our work with kids in all dimensions.
Lori Duncan
Bettendorf, IA

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May 22, 2018
I found this course several years ago, in a quest to help myself better serve today's student-athletes. Having completed this course in May of 2018, I found myself wishing I had taken it when I first came across it. I am inspired and renewed, to coach and teach this generation of student-athletes. I am now armed with tangible strategies and lessons that I feel can engage my student-athletes and their parents, toward a better, more fulfilled journey in high school athletics. I am a 3D coach for life!!
Matthew McLeod
Teacher and Coach
Williamsburg, Virginia (USA)

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June 25, 2018
Excellent course that forces seriously self reflection as a coach. Will definitely use many of the strategies described in the course.
Pete Cavanagh
Wellman, IA

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July 2, 2018
Outstanding course. This will make a huge impact on my coaching career.
Brian Drent
Sioux City East
Sioux City, Iowa

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July 17, 2018
This course opened my eyes to the strategies that can be utilized for the 2nd & 3rd Dimensions.
Anna Nusser

Chapman, KS

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August 1, 2018
Incredible way for coaches to earn college credit. Many times courses are taken to "jump through hoops". You will look forward to this course because it is so applicable. Even if you don't need college credit- take this course!
Todd Brown
Reedley, CA

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August 7, 2018
I appreciated the specific examples that were given in each dimension. When presenting this information to our coaching staff, it helped them to begin to think outside the box as to how they can incorporate in each of their programs.
Curt Johnston
Activities Director
Eddyville, Iowa

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August 11, 2018
I thought this course had great information every coach needs to know.
James Bell
Head Boys Basketball
Chapman, Kansas

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August 13, 2018
This course is a game changer. I believe most coaches have the 3Dimensional capabilities, they just need to realize their potential within. This course allows you to reflect on you past and plan your future as a coach.
Chris Galloway
Athletic Directo
Jackson, Michigan

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August 15, 2018
Jerry Turner
Newport News, Virginia

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November 19, 2018
Outstanding educational experience. Incredibly useful information I am already using in class and on the fields.
Craig Jipson
Auburn, Me.

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November 28, 2018
This course is awesome. With the personality of young athletes these days, we need to adapt how we teach. This course teaches is it and how to produce the best athletes!
Todd Noel
Santa Maria, CA

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November 29, 2018
Gary Wilson
Santa Maria, Ca.

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November 29, 2018
This is great for any teacher or coach who wants to become better!
John Long
4th Grade Teacher and Coach
Belle Plaine, Iowa

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December 2, 2018
This course has literally changed my life! I know you must hear this a lot, but it honestly has! I have never done so much introspection into my soul before this course! Sure I would reflect, but not on this type of level! I was in a very dark coaching mindset last year, on the verge of hanging it up! With mentorship from a colleague/coach/friend and this course, my mentor but more importantly the basketball girls I coach immediately saw a different "coach!" A truly loving, compassionate and caring person who inspires through love instead of motivating through fear and anger! I cannot thank you enough for this experience and I know there are 33 current basketball girls (and hopefully many more in the future) who will be changed forever because of this course! You have mentored one more coach and I know I will be preaching 3D for the rest of my life! Hopefully, one day, this world will truly be a 3 Dimensional world to live in!
Steve Luukkonen
Head of Physical Education
Plymouth, Minnesota

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December 2, 2018
I coach to impact and have an influence in/on young people's lives that allows them to become the best version of themselves. While I had knowledge and passion regarding the 3 dimensions studied in this course/framework, this course shed new light on my personal and professional journey. I feel as if I am more aware and re-energized in my way of thinking and being. I appreciated the modules and authentic use of applicable information, strategies and overall instruction throughout the entire course. I believe there isn't enough support and accountability for our coaches in today's systems. Truly, 3Dimensional Coaching is the perfect pathway to serve as the foundation and continue to lead the way for our coaches, communities and most importantly our student-athletes.
G.G. Harris
Avoca, IA

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December 13, 2018
A coaching mentor of mine suggested that I take 3 dimensional coaching because it had opened his eyes to so many truths about the coaching profession in this new age. I was blown away by the content of the program and the course and will be implementing as much as I can squeeze into my team! Every coach should take this course!
Edgar Knapp
Mechanicsville, VA

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December 17, 2018
This course was one of the best continuing education courses I have taken. It was thought provoking and meaningful. I believe it is a beneficial course for all teachers and coaches / co-curricular sponsors, regardless of level.
Steve Huegel
Teacher & Coach
Manchester, Iowa

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December 24, 2018
It provided meaningful ways to improve my role as a transformative coach
Jody Riskowski

Kearney, NE

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January 13, 2019
This course did wonders for our team cohesion. We went from 1-8 to a 7-3 playoff team.
Kurt Webster
Chapman Football Coach
Chapman, Kansas

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March 8, 2019
This was the best and most useful course I have ever taken. As a coach, it's easy to get caught up on things that don't really matter. 3D coaching provides a framework to keep you grounded and focused on your "why."
Tyler Nichols
Kewanee, Illinois

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March 21, 2019
The 3D training can be an absolute difference maker for teacher/coaches and their student-athletes. The instructors are real with real life stories which makes the training something all of us can understand. The information can do nothing but make a positive difference in your life as an educator and those you impact on a frequent basis.
Tom Wilson
Athletic Director/Coach
West Des Moines, IA

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March 28, 2019
Terrific course! The best content for coaches out there today.
Kyle Howard
Slater, IA

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April 4, 2019
I have been coaching for a while, this course opened my eyes to whole new approach to what I have been doing.
James Gunter
Le Mars, Iowa (USA)

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April 12, 2019
I felt that this course is the best one on the market today. It teaches all 3 dimensions in a very clear an organized way, that makes it easy to follow and in turn put into practice.
Glenn Christiansen
Wauseon, Ohio

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April 23, 2019
The content is exceptional but the method in which the material is delivered makes this course the best 'continuing education' course that I have taken.
Nick DeForest
Athletic Director
Korneuburg, Österreich

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April 23, 2019
Simply put, this 3D Coaching Course helped me to be a better, more meaningful coach. I've learned strategies to make my athletes more confident and cohesive while playing with purpose and joy.
Rob Hammond
Head Coach
Buffalo, WY

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April 25, 2019
The course was excellent. It captured my attention and gave me solid techniques to impact the lives of my student-athletes.
Steve Moore
Teacher & Coach
Staunton, IL

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April 26, 2019
The 3D Coaching Course encouraged me to think the more deeply about the reasons that I choose to coach. It also provided a framework and specific strategies to help me organize my approach to building teams and athletes. I would recommend it to any coach who wants to have a long-term impact on students.
Craig Foote

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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May 11, 2019
I believe the overall course was incredible, the delivery was great, it was easy to learn. The language used and all of the examples in the all of the modules spoke at a level that anyone could relate to and easily understand. The information was easy to apply as well. I could certainly see a lot of time and effort was put into developing this course. I enjoyed the flow of the lessons, the quizzes and application assignments we appropriate as well. I believe it is very evident to see that many coaches and teachers only focus on dimension one. They become the ones that often cannot seem to understand why the players do not perform, why they are disrespectful and have more parental issues. If we can build relationships show students and that we care, allow them enjoy what they are doing and a free to take risks the team and classroom and even the school would run so much better.
Matthew Study
Instructional Leader
Westminster, MD

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May 26, 2019
This is by far the best course I have ever taken! Loved the videos and books!
Shamus Budde
Long Grove, Iowa

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June 4, 2019
The 3D course was a great way to re-examine why I coach and what I would like my coaching to look like going forward.
Ben Wertenberger
Marysville, KS

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June 18, 2019
Excellent course in terms of the content. I think the content and dispersion of the information is much needed in our society.
Jeffrey Kent
Westminster, Maryland

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June 23, 2019
I loved the course, it was great knowing that by building relationship with athletes is a great thing because I feel people in our community frown upon it. I feel they work harder knowing that I care and believe in them.
Amy Renyer

Marysville, Kansas

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July 16, 2019
I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It has allowed me to stop and consider what I really want my athletes to gain from their sports experience. The 3 Dimensional Coaching has given me insight and a plan for the future of my athletic department.
Lorna Wolfkill
Athletic Director
Tallahassee, Florida

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July 18, 2019
I really enjoyed this course along with the book. I learned a ton of valuable information that I can apply to my players and students. I believe teachers could use this course to better themselves in the classroom. I highly recommend InSide Out Coaching by Joe Ehrmann. I learned a ton from his book that goes along with this course. Two huge thumbs up.
Nick Perez
Junction City HS Basketball Coach
Junction City, Kansas

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July 18, 2019
Very in-depth, rewarding, and detailed. If a coach wants to improve & find some new perspectives on why they coach & how to implement specific strategies, this is a phenomenal resource for them!
Aaron Makelky
Head Football Coach
Casper, WY

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August 1, 2019
This is one of the best courses I have ever taken. I loved all of the information about each dimension and the strategies given to implement into my coaching.
Amber Russell
Valley Center High School
Wichita, Kansas

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August 1, 2019
I thought that this course was very in-depth and really opened my eyes to many aspects of coaching/sports that I have often overlooked. This is a great resource that I would highly recommend for any coach looking to better him/herself.
Cory Yandell
Seneca, Illinois

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August 5, 2019
I enjoyed the content of this class. Thanks for reinforcing my beliefs on what athletics should be about.
Dustin Heuer
Marysville, KS

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August 6, 2019
I have never before, reflected as deep as I did, about why and how I coached young men and women. I am so much more aware of how I interact with people in general, I feel I am already a better coach, teacher, husband, father and person. This course has affected me tremendously
Aaron Yeigh
Casper, WY

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August 7, 2019
I enjoyed the numerous videos and content of the course. The layout was nice. It would have been nice to not have to open up multiple modules to see the next unit, but that's something very small. I enjoyed the organization of the course and learned a lot.
Michael Holst
Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
Lodi, CA

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August 8, 2019
The 3 Dimensional coaching course was more than worth the time I invested into the program. I took down numerous notes, concepts, or ideas to become a better leader, husband, and coach.
Steven Schuster
Athletic Director
Redding, California

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August 8, 2019
Overall the course is very beneficial. It provides ways to implement the practices into your season immediately.
Amanda Daeger
Centennial Softball Coach
White Bear Lake, MN

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August 8, 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I am ready to make a larger impact on my athletes' lives through the information that I learned in this course. I also really enjoyed Joe Erhmann's book, "Inside Out Coaching." It was a very interesting and challenging book. Thank you for the opportunity to make my life, and the lives of my athletes better.
Joshua Nessa

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August 9, 2019
Brent Whalen
Darlington, WI

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August 18, 2019
I enjoyed the ease of navigation throughout the course and how engaging each lesson was. I was truly excited to complete a module and start the next.
Robb Koerting
Lexington, NE

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August 29, 2019
excellent course
Michael Sims
Casper, WY

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October 27, 2019
Probably the most impactful and useful course I have ever taken.
Mark Gunderson
Athletic Director
Orange City, IA

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October 30, 2019
This course should be mandatory for all coaches, regardless of the age they coach! I am a PE teacher (not a coach) and was able to pull a lot of value from the course to apply in my school and classes.
Zach Hinton
PE Teacher
Westminster, MD


What is the difference between the course for certification and the course for college credit?

If a student wants to receive college credit for taking 3Dimensional Coaching, he/she must enroll in that version of the course. The cost is $550 for 3 hours of transcripted college credit (graduate level), whereas the cost is only $125 to take the course for certification. The course for college credit has an additional unit utilizing Joe Ehrmann’s book InSideOut Coaching, while the course for certification does not include this extra work.

Can I use this course towards the degree program I am enrolled in at a different institution?

If you would like to use this coursework towards an undergraduate or graduate degree, share this course syllabus with your program advisor BEFORE you enroll to make sure it will be accepted into the degree program as a substitute for another course or as an elective.

If I choose the Course for Credit option, will I still receive my 3D Coaching certificate?

Yes. Whether you are taking a course for certification only, or the course for certification AND college credit, you will be mailed a hard-copy of your certificate once you complete your coursework.

Can I use this course to satisfy CEU’s and/or professional development requirements?

Because our curriculum is based on the academic research of Dr. Jeff Duke E.D.d., and the content is taught in the university setting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, school districts and athletic organizations should have no problem counting this coursework towards professional development requirements. Check with whomever is in charge of professional development in your organization to inquire, and let us know how we can help you get it approved.

I’m an administrator and I want ALL of my coaches to be certified. How do I get them enrolled?

We have many school districts, clubs, and athletic organizations who require their coaches to be 3D certified. This process is easy. Simply reach out, let us know how many licenses you would like to purchase, and we will set up a unique code that will allow your coaches to enroll in the course at no cost to them. We will then send you an invoice, and you can pay for them all at once out of your athletic budget, professional development budget, or with donated funds from sponsors. As an administrator, we will give you tools to help guide your coaches through this journey and set you up with account access so you can monitor their progress.

Once I enroll, am I on a time limit to complete the online course?

You set the pace for your coursework. If you are taking the course for certification only, there is no deadline unless you are in a situation where a supervisor establishes one for you. However, if you are taking the course for credit and you want to receive your grade at the end of the current trimester, you must complete your coursework in correspondence with the university academic calendar. If you don’t complete the work within the trimester, you can simply keep working at your own pace until you finish. Once you are done, you will receive your grade.

Do I have to buy the Companion Study Guide to receive my certification?

No. Though we feel that it is the best practice to use the Companion Study Guide to enhance your learning experience, it is not required to receive your certificate. Keep in mind that if you are using the coursework to count towards professional development requirements, the study guide will allow you to engage with the 3D training for many more clock hours than the online training alone. This should translate to more CEU’s, recertification points, etc.

How do I use the Companion Study Guide?

The Companion Study Guide will help chronicle your journey through the 3D Coaching online training. This spiral-bound book can be used as a journal to take notes from the online training. Also, it can serve as a quick reference guide to remind you of key teaching points that were presented in the video teaching. However, we believe the best way to use this resource is in the context of community with others. Each chapter corresponds with an online module and has thought provoking questions that allow coaches to discuss and process the content with each other. Coaches can watch the video modules on their own, then get together to discuss using the Companion Study Guide in small groups.

Can the Companion Study Guide be used to complement ANY version of the course?

Yes. Whether you are taking one of the courses for certification only, or the course for certification AND college credit, the Companion Study Guide will correspond with the training you experience online. However, if you are taking the course for credit, the extra coursework associated with Joe Ehrmann’s book InSideOut Coaching is not associated with the Companion Study Guide in any way.