ERIC Number: EJ1160873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence: Insights from Accomplished University Team-Sport Coaches
Donoso-Morales, Daniela; Bloom, Gordon A.; Caron, Jeffrey G.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v88 n4 p503-512 2017
Purpose: Winning several national championships is an extraordinary feat that very few university coaches have accomplished. The objective of this study was to investigate how some of Canada's most accomplished university team-sport coaches created and sustained a culture of excellence in their programs. Method: Six university coaches who had won more than 30 national titles participated in this study. Each coach participated in a semistructured interview, and the qualitative data were inductively analyzed using a thematic analysis. Results: The coaches noted that hard work and daily attention to detail, effective emotional management of themselves and their athletes, and continuous self-assessment (self-reflection and seeking mentors) were crucial elements that led to sustained excellence in their programs. Conclusions: This study offers one of the first empirical accounts of how highly successful university coaches developed and maintained a culture of excellence and success in their high-performance sport setting.
Descriptors: Team Sports, Athletic Coaches, College Athletics, Foreign Countries, Emotional Intelligence, Universities, Semi Structured Interviews, Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Athletes, Intercollegiate Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada