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Impact of Equality and Diversity on Black FBS Head Coaches
by Stallworth, Thomas, II, Psy.D., Ashford University, 2021, 189; 28319798
Abstract (Summary)

This study was conducted using semistructured interviews to investigate the lived career-mobility experiences of six Black FBS head coaches, who had served in that position for at least one season from 2005–2020, through the lens of five tenets of critical race theory, which were also used as study themes: permanence of racism; Whiteness as property; interest convergence; experiential knowledge and counter storytelling; and critique of liberalism. The results were analyzed using open coding to map the coach’s responses to the CRT tenets. Results revealed that the coaches experienced a variety of expected and unexpected psychological stressors such as emotional isolation, limited opportunities to be mentored, pressure to represent their race, and pressure to create other opportunities for Black coaches. Their feelings of desperation and of negative and racial social perceptions may have led to confusion about their long-term professional goals. This study may help sport psychology practitioners gain insights to the challenges this population of coaches’ face when helping them navigate their careers. Future studies could build on this one using qualitative, quantitative, or bifurcated research to investigate hiring practices, leadership, goal setting, and diversity initiatives with athletic directors, university administrators, or White FBS head coaches. This study could also be replicated in 2030, be compared to the 2020 results, and focus on the coping strategies that Black FBS coaches have used to navigate their careers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rice, Timothy
Commitee: Hood, Kate
School: Ashford University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Black history, Higher Education Administration, African American Studies, Sports Management
Keywords: Coaching network, Critical Race Theory, Diversity, Homologous reproduction, Leadership, Psychological Stress, Football Bowl Subdivision
Publication Number: 28319798
ISBN: 9798582552475
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