Term of Award
Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (open access)
Department of Health and Kinesiology
Daniel R. Czech
Committee Member 1
A. Barry Joyner
Committee Member 2
Committee Member 3
Glenn Burdette III
Committee Member 4
The millennial generation, otherwise known as the Echo Boomers, is a generation with characteristics that few previous generations have possessed. In the world of sport, this generation is currently dominating the ranks of collegiate athletics. Moreover, the coaching ranks are just beginning to experience the characteristics of this exceptional group of people. Thus, the purpose of the study was to examine the preferred coaching styles of athletes from the millennial generation at the NCAA Division I level from a semi-structured qualitative perspective. A secondary purpose was to examine these characteristics from a gender perspective. After analyzing the data, five themes emerged: clear communication, multiple roles, mindfulness of the entire teams interests, maximize production and caring, forgiving, helpful and understanding. Differences among genders were present; some of which are visible in past research. Coaches may be able to utilize this research while adjusting their techniques to match the inclinations of athletes from this generation.
Hoffman, Edward Carl, "Preferred Coaching Qualities in NCAA Divison I College Athletes: A Qualitative Analysis of Basketball Players from the Millennial Generation" (2008). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. 70.