Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Former Intercollegiate Athletes' Perspectives on Career Choice: A Qualitative Study of Motivations and Challenges in the Coaching Career Path
by Rodriguez, William R., Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2019, 154; 13806267
Abstract (Summary)

This is a descriptive study using a qualitative method. It concerns the experiences of former collegiate athletes who chose a career in coaching. Interviews explored (a) motivation of career choice and satisfaction, (b) career challenges, (c) other career areas they explored. This is valuable information for collegiate athletes facing career-related decisions. Many athletic departments do not overtly discuss career options for athletes because of an assumption that doing so diminishes the focus on the current athlete’s ambition to make a career of the chosen sport. Yet many athletes will not continue into professional sports, and for those who do, sport careers do not last as long as most careers, due to aging out. Those who choose coaching as a career may find useful career guidance in this research. Coaches should make an effort to discuss with athletes the importance of visiting career counseling or in other ways exploring career options, because even for those who do go into professional sports, the duration of a peak competitive performance in such a career is limited.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gandhi, Shreyas
Commitee: Bertin, Randy, Schmieder, June
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 80/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Sports Management, Physical education
Keywords: Athlete, Career, Coach, Interncollegiate
Publication Number: 13806267
ISBN: 978-0-438-97331-2
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