The coaching philosophy of Dr. Don Shondell

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Tiernan, Mark
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School of Physical Education
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A coaching philosophy is important because it guides one's actions. So, a healthy philosophy will help a coach to make appropriate decisions. Therefore, by documenting a successful coach's philosophy other coaches will be able to gather information and ideas for their own philosophy. The primary purpose of this study was to identify the coaching techniques and philosophy of the second winningest men's volleyball coach in NCAA history. Coach Shondel has coached Ball State University men's volleyball teams for the past thirty-three years. Coach Shondell has compiled a 732-254-6 record for a .741 winning percentage and was selected by the book titled, America's Greatest Coaches, as the second-best men's volleyball coach of all-time. In 1980 he was also named Ball State University's School of Physical Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Before data collection began, the experimenter was trained to use the Coaching Behavior Assessment System (CBAS). Next, the researcher observed and recorded four practice sessions using the CBAS. Following the observations, coach Shondell, two current players, and his assistant coach were interviewed. Topics discussed included motivation of athletes, teaching techniques, physical conditioning, team management, coaching motives, the coach-player relationship, as well as questions pertaining to behaviors observed using the CBAS. Through observations, interviews, and previous literature about coach Shondell, a philosophy emerged from six themes; specifically, practice is his domain, staying flexible and never feeling like he knows it all, trying to be posiitve with people, the relationship with his players is what's really important, trying to help athletes make their own decisions, and helping his players mature.