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ERIC Number: EJ900537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Altruistic Leadership Strategies in Coaching: A Case Study of Jim Tressel of The Ohio State University
Miller, Lisa M.; Carpenter, Carol L.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v22 n4 p9-12 Mar-Apr 2009
Intercollegiate and high school coaches are faced with the difficult challenge of representing their school in a positive way. How a coach represents the school may be determined by his/her underlying motivation for coaching. Coaches may be driven by a variety of factors, such as: winning, financial success, or improving the well-being of the student-athletes. With a number of coaches choosing to leave their universities for higher paying positions, and a number of coaches at the high school level involved in confrontations with officials or parents, questions arise about coaches' primary motivation taking precedent over student-athletes' well-being. However, the altruistic motivation of coaches is often overlooked by critics when so much focus is dedicated to the negatives. In sports literature altruism has earned attention in reference to sportsmanship and volunteering; however, few studies exist referring to the altruistic motivation of coaches. This article presents a case study of Ohio State University head football coach, Jim Tressel, to illustrate the altruism that occurs in coaching and also to increase the understanding of the strategies taken to implement this positive motivational perspective. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio