Title

Love in Sport: Leveraging Sport to Build Leaderships Skills in At-Risk Youth

Location

Savannah

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Strand #2

Family & Community

Relevance

The proposal relates to almost, if not all, of the strands of the YAR conference but in particular, Social and Emotional Skills, and Family and Community. By outlining the philosophy of transformational coaching, leaders can use sport to build the leadership skills in young people that can impact society in a positive way.

Brief Program Description

The purpose of this poster presentation is to illuminate Transformational Mentorship through sports. The target audience is generally sport coaches but can certainly be applied to any mentoring of young people.

Summary

Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL football player and the subject of the book Season of Life, is a high school football coach as well as a pastor and public speaker. His coaching philosophy is very different than many coaches in that he utilizes Transformational Coaching. Ehrmann practices love, responsibility, and character development with his athletes, whom are mainly at-risk youths, rather than focusing on “Xs and Os” or pressuring athletes to behave a particular way through transactions (i.e. do “this” or you will get punishment). He instills many leadership qualities in his athletes that will allow them to build meaningful relationships with those around them. This style of coaching can be impactful beyond measure with kids, particularly those that lack true mentors in their lives. This poster presentation will outline how coaches, teachers, and other mentors can employ Transformational Coaching to aid in the maturation of their students and more importantly, why this style of mentorship creates better leaders and relationships.

Evidence

Empirical evidence for the benefits of Transformational behaviors is fairly extensive in many contexts, including sport. Andrew, Kim, Stoll, Cup, and Todd (2008) found that transformational leadership significantly positively correlated with employees’ commitment to a collegiate athletic department. Relative to sport performance, Charbonneau, Barling, and Kelloway (2001) found that Transformational Leadership increased intrinsic motivation, thereby increasing performance in sport. Irrespective of sport performance, Transformational leadership also has produces quality leaders. Zacharatos, Barling, and Kelloway (2000) found that leaders that employ transformational behaviors develops and effects transformational behaviors in others. Similarly, Lee, Kim, and Kang’s (2013) study of team handball players found that transformational leadership styles of coaches impacted the players’ citizenship behavior.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Trey Burdette is an Associate Professor of Coaching Education at Georgia Southern University and has been teaching and coaching for 13 years.

Charles H. Wilson, Jr is an Assistant Professor of Coaching Education at Georgia Southern University with 18 years of coaching experience at multiple levels.

Christina Gipson is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Georgia Southern University and has been teaching and coaching for 7 years.

Dan Czech is a Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology and the School of Health and Kinesiology's Honors Research Director at Georgia Southern University and has coached multiple sports at many levels for 15 years.

Willie Burden is a Professor in Sport Management at Georgia Southern University. He coached football at the collegiate level for four years and was AD for a Division-I program for 8 years.

Drew Zwald is a Professor in Coaching Education at Georgia Southern University and has coached various sports for thirteen years at the interscholastic and collegiate levels.

Keyword Descriptors

Transformational Leadership, Sport, Coaching, Love, Relationships

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-3-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

3-3-2015 2:15 PM

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Love in Sport: Leveraging Sport to Build Leaderships Skills in At-Risk Youth

Savannah

The purpose of this poster presentation is to illuminate Transformational Mentorship through sports. The target audience is generally sport coaches but can certainly be applied to any mentoring of young people.