Term of Award

Spring 2003

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology With an Emphasis in Coaching

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Public Health

Committee Chair

Drew Zwald

Committee Member 1

Kevin L. Burke

Committee Member 2

A. Barry Joyner

Committee Member 3

James McMillan


This exploratory study was designed to examine the prospect of coaches' leadership style as a determinate or indicator of collegiate women's basketball success. Basketball success was measured in terms of winning percentage, RPI ranking, team grade point average, and graduation rate. NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches from across the country (N = 43) completed the Leadership Scale for Sports (Chelladurai & Saleh, 1980). Each coaches' leadership style dimensions, as well as the most prominent leadership style, was compared with individual success data. The results indicated only one relationship between leadership and success, with democratic behavior and winning percentage being positively correlated. Significant differences were found between gender and democratic, social support and training and instruction behavior. Interrelationships between leadership style dimensions were found as a function of coach success or nonsuccess. In conclusion, leadership style was not an accurate predictor of success in coaching, however leadership style interrelationships may play a role in the achievement of coaching success.


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