The Roles of Head Versus Assistant Coaches in Athletes’ Motivational Factors

Author: Sthephany Escandell

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Alan Chu (psychology)

Keywords: Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Motivation


  1. Wow, Sthephany, this is really great work! As a person who did many sports throughout their life, it really makes me think how there is so much more that goes into coaching than just showing up and being the leader of the team. It really is a lot of hard work and dedication off the field in order to make a difference when your team gets back on. It it more so work on yourself in order to push the team to where they need to be.

  2. I found this to be extremely fascinating since I have grown up playing soccer with many different coaching dynamics. This research is particularly good to keep in mind for head coaches for a couple of reasons, the first being a reminder to not delegate their responsibilities to assistant coaches. Second, this research is helpful in outlining some areas of development that coaches have a strong impact on their players.

  3. Sthephany!!! Love this! You are just working with everyone this semester. Go you! I find it really interesting that Head Coaches are perceived as impacting psychological health more than assistant coaches. I wonder if this relates to other aspects, like businesses or schools, where you have a principal vs. vice-principal, etc. It makes sense – but I bet the Assistant Coaches are doing a lot for their students too. Very cool stuff here!

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