Term of Award

Spring 2008

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Daniel R. Czech

Committee Member 1

A. Barry Joyner

Committee Member 2

Drew Zwald

Committee Member 3

Glenn Burdette III

Committee Member 4

Jonathan Metzler

Abstract

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.

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