The Impact of a Coach: A Qualitative Study on The Strategies and Techniques That Coaches Use to Improve the Performance of High School Student-Athletes

Date of Award

Summer 6-13-2024

Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Coaching and Athletic Administration




This mixed-methods study will explore the impact of coaching strategies on the performance and personal development of high school student-athletes. There will be 61 total participants in this study. It will include 15 coaches and 46 student-athletes with diverse backgrounds. They were selected using purposive and random sampling techniques. The study would utilize detailed interview guides for the coaches and open-ended survey questions for student-athletes to gather qualitative data. Coaches will provide insight through 18-question interviews which will cover different sections of their profession like demographic information, coaching philosophy, practices, influences on student-athletes, and received support. Student-athletes will complete a nine-question survey that focuses on the effectiveness of their coach’s coaching strategies and their experiences during their performances. Ethical considerations like informed consent and confidentiality would be strictly followed. The findings will highlight the role of effective coaching in enhancing both athletic performance and personal growth among high school athletes, offering valuable implications for coaching practices and future research in sports education.

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