College of Health Sciences & Human Performance

Date of Award

8-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Camille Cassidy, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

James A. Eldridge, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Patricia Sherblom, Ph.D.

Abstract

Researchers have shown that coaches experience burnout due to role conflict, role ambiguity, and work-family conflicts (Kelley & Baghurst, 2009). The demands of being a coach are many. When a coach has a spouse and children, a work-family conflict can develop. Work-family conflict in coaching is created when the coach cannot effectively balance the time and attention demands for both the job and home. Naturally, consequences arise as a result of this conflict. The purpose of this study was to better understand what consequences exist in the lives of male, collegiate head coaches and to provide suggestions for effectively managing a balance between coaching and family. A semi-structured interview utilized 8 male head coaches at various collegiate levels. Themes discussed in the interview involved what stressors each coach encounters due to work-family conflict, how each coach responds to those stressors, what perceived consequences of work-family conflict exist, and what each coach suggests for managing work-family conflict.

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