“He’s an Asshole”
Power 5 College Football Athletes Navigating a “Shady” Coaching Transition
Keywords:college athletes, football, coaching transition, athlete experience, transition theory
Head coaches play a crucial role in shaping both athletes’ athletic experiences and the complex team system. Consequently, coaching transitions have tremendous impacts on college athletes. Through the lens of transition theory, the purpose of this case study was to investigate the effect of multiple head coaching changes on NCAA Division I Power Five football athletes. Eight football athletes completed a 27-item open-ended questionnaire. Data analysis revealed three explicit, meaningful themes: support, achievement, and consistency. This study strived to assist athletic administrators and coaches in becoming increasingly aware of the potential impact that these abrupt coaching transitions can have on the athlete experience. Additionally, through the voices of the participants, this study attempted to assist college athletes in navigating a coaching transition.
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