What certifications do Ohio coaches need?

(Source: KSU website)
(Source: KSU website)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Kent State has been unable to produce certification records for the strength and conditioning coach who oversaw drills the day a freshman died of body temperature complications.

It was the second day of summer conditioning in June when 19-year-old freshman Tyler Heintz died from complications of abnormally high body temperature. The initial cause of death was ruled as hyperthermia, which because of high body temperature, can cause an elevated heart rate according to the Mayo Clinic website.  In charge of the strength and conditioning program at Kent State at the time was Ross Bowsher.

Who must be certified:

  • All PAID and VOLUNTEER coaches are required to obtain a Pupil Activity Permit through the Ohio Department of Education to work with, supervise or coach student-athletes in Ohio.

Classes and Certifications:

The newest requirement for all coaches is known as Lindsay's Law and went into effect Aug. 1, 2017. The law deals with Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). This law is named for former Miss Ohio Lindsay Davis who suffers from a heart condition and has made it her mission to get coaches more aware of SCA and the warning signs. For Lindsay's Law, all coaches must now:

  • Watch a required video, informational handout and complete a post assessment test.

Here are the rest of the state requirements for all coaches:

  • Complete the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) Fundamentals of Coaching class.
  • Complete an approved CPR training course. You must have a current, valid certificate/card.
  • Complete one of the following first aid or sports injury prevention trainings:
  1. Ohio Department of Education Approved Pupil Activity Program.
  2. Medical License: (M.D., D.O, D.C., R.N., EMT, A.T.C.)
  3. Nationally approved programs: Approved Red Cross “Sport Safety Training,” or American Sport Education Program, or National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS First Aid for Coaches).
  4. College or university coursework completed within the past three years related to first aid training or athletic training.
  • Complete one of the two approved courses on concussion training through the Ohio Department of Health website:
  1. The NFHS “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know.”
  2. National Centers for Disease Control & Prevention program “Heads Up – Concussion in Youth Sports Online Training Program.”
  • Complete a BCI and FBI background check and have it filed with the Ohio Department of Education. Most school districts offer this service.

According to officials with the OHSAA this website, through the Ohio Department of Education, is suppose to allow parents to look up the current certification of coach. Going through the site it is extremely cumbersome and almost impossible to find results. We have asked the Department of Education if there is an easier way to find out and have not heard back.

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