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ERIC Number: EJ1053422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-13
Abstractor: As Provided
Defining Success within a "Successful" Men's NCAA Division I Sport Program
Jenny, Seth E.; Hushman, Glenn F.
JTRM in Kinesiology, Nov 2014
A coaching philosophy is a personal doctrine, or individual set of experiences and values, that guides a coach's beliefs, actions, and coaching style (Huber, 2013). The humanistic coaching philosophy involves a collaborative coach/athlete process which considers individual athlete differences, abilities, and goals, with the long-term aim of developing a self-confident and self-regulated athlete (Lyle, 1999). Opposite of the traditional model where success is determined by wins or losses, within the humanistic approach winning is redefined so that the process is emphasized and achievement of individual athlete goals indicates success. Through coach interviews, athlete interviews, training session observations, and artifact collection, the aim of this case study was to explore the coaching philosophy and methods of a successful men's NCAA Division I cross country coach and explore to what extent they are humanistic. Definition of success emerged as a primary theme where results indicated that while the participant coach was extrinsically motivated by outcome measures (i.e., winning NCAA national championships), his methods ascribed to the humanistic values of striving for individual athlete potential, holistic development, and self-actualization. Findings suggest that while the NCAA espouses to holistic development of the student-athlete, it is hard to separate athletic outcome measures as at least a portion of the definition of success for coaches working within this setting.
Descriptors: College Athletics, Track and Field, Athletic Coaches, Humanism, Interviews, Observation, Case Studies, Success, Athletes, Qualitative Research, Males
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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