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This study examined relationships among coaching success, servant leadership, team cohesion, athlete resilience and social behaviors utilizing responses from over 300 collegiate athletes. Horn’s (2008) model of coaching effectiveness served as the basis from which variables were operationalized and concurrently measured. Bivariate correlation analysis identified significant correlations among servant leadership and coaching success, cohesion and coaching success, cohesion and servant leadership, resilience and coaching success, and resilience and servant leadership, with most relationships moderate to weak. Canonical correlations were used to examine the data in greater depth and significant canonical variants revealed both expected and unexpected relationships. Multivariate analysis of variance results identified a significant main effect and seven significant follow-up analysis of variance tests. Athlete resilience, coach servant leadership and task-based team cohesion all varied significantly across the three levels of coaching success. Results of this study can be used by coaches, athletic administrators and coach educators for coach development.
Andy Gillham owns and operates Ludus Consulting LLC focusing on performance enhancement for athletes, coaches and business executives in the USA and Canada. Of specific note is his work with coaches and athletic administrators on improving systematic coach evaluation and providing targeted coach development opportunities. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a certified consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Eva Gillham is the assistant director of research and analytics at Chance Light Behavioral Health and Education. She holds a doctorate in education, with an emphasis in sport and exercise psychology, from the University of Idaho. She has published articles in both education and sport peer-reviewed journals and is a certified consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Keith Hansen served as the athletic director at Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta from 2007-2015 and won the Canadian Colleges Athletic Director of the Year award in 2012. He was the men’s volleyball coach there for 13 years, winning 9 Canadian National Championships and is now a kinesiology instructor at Red Deer College.