Publication Date

5-2015

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Monica Burke (Director), Aaron Hughey, and Colin Cannonier

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education

Abstract

The purpose of this quantitative descriptive study was to explore leadership characteristics and perceptions of efficacy among high school head football coaches. Two questionnaires, the Leadership Scale for Sports (LSS) and the Coaching Efficacy Scale (CES), were utilized to measure coaches’ leadership characteristics and perceptions of efficacy (N=48). A demographic questionnaire included coaching experience, age, and race/ethnicity. A one-way Anova was computed to test for significant differences between coaches’ demographics and their scoring responses on the LSS & CES. A Pearson Correlation was computed to determine the relationship between coaches’ responses to the LSS & CES. Based on the data reported, the most valued self-reported coaching leadership characteristic was positive feedback (M = 4.61, SD = 0.40), and the least valued is autocratic behavior (M = 2.74, SD = 0.49). Additionally, the most valued coaching efficacy characteristic was technique (M = 9.23, SD = 0.69) and the least valued was motivation (M = 8.96, SD = 0.73). Results indicated a significant difference in the leadership characteristic autocratic behavior between coaches’ with less than five years of experience, in comparison to coaches with 10 or more years of experience. Results also indicated significant differences in perceptions of efficacy in coaches’ character building for coaches with less than five years of experience, in comparison to coaches with five to nine years of experience. No significant differences were found among the coaches in leadership characteristics and perceptions of efficacy in regard to age groups. Results from the Pearson correlation indicated positive, but weak, correlations between leadership characteristics and perceptions of efficacy for the majority of the variables. However, significant strong positive correlations were found between social support (r = .52) and feedback (r = .52) from the Leadership Scale for Sports and motivation from the Coaching Efficacy Scale.

Disciplines

Educational Leadership | Kinesiology | Social Psychology

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