Head coaches play a crucial role in shaping both athletes’ athletic experiences and the complex team system. Consequently, coaching transitions have a tremendous effect on college athletes. Through the lens of transition theory, the purpose of this case study was to investigate the effect of multiple head coaching changes on NCAA Division I Power Five football athletes. Eight football athletes completed a 27- item open-ended questionnaire. Data analysis revealed three explicit, meaningful themes: support, achievement, and consistency. This study strives to assist athletic administrators and coaches in becoming increasingly aware of the potential impact that these abrupt coaching transitions can have on the athlete experience. Additionally, through the voices of the participants, this study attempts to assist college athletes in navigating a coaching transition.
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Fridley, Alison; Springer, Daniel; Paule-Koba, Amanda L.; Forsythe, Stacey A.; and Stokowski, Sarah, ""He's an Asshole": Power 5 College Football Athletes Navigating a "Shady" Coaching Transition" (2022). Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies Faculty Publications. 6.
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