Coaching motivation and efficiency

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Gentry, Grier B.
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School of Physical Education
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The purpose of this study is to determine what various methods and aspects make coaches successful. It is important to know and understand the techniques and philosophies that are shared by highly successful coaches. This knowledge (or process) will enable all coaches to be able to better convey and aid in the retention of information to those with whom they are in charge. For the purposes of this study, the researcher conducted a purposeful sample asking 50 successful high school football coaches and 50 successful boys' basketball coaches from various schools throughout a five state region in the Midwestern United States to participate. The coaches completed a self-constructed survey which consisted of 11 questions. The survey was designed to obtain information about what constitutes a successful coach, coaching strategies, and issues related to the use of reinforcement. Based upon the responses, a picture emerged about the successful coach. There was significant support that a characteristic of a successful coach is to be a successful communicator and knowledgeable about the subject matter. Furthermore, those whom have accomplished success in the coaching professions favor on-the-job learning as opposed to that which is done in the formal setting of a classroom. Finally, they felt that it was important to care for your athletes and to follow-up any negative punishment with some sort of positive action or statement.