Understanding Retention Factors in Coaching and Athletic Management Positions

in Journal of Sport Management
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Within intercollegiate athletic work environments, the retention of coaches and athletic administrators continues to be an issue. Understanding the factors considered important for retaining coaching and athletic management positions has potential significance for reversing the decline of the number of individuals, in particular, women, from these positions, and for increasing the attractiveness of such career pathways. This study developed a scale of retention factors that resulted in three empirically supported factors—Work Balance and Conditions, Recognition and Collegial Support, and Inclusivity. The factors were derived through principal components analysis with varimax rotation using a sample of 359 Canadian and American intercollegiate coaches and athletic administrators. These factors support the need to consider gender and power relations in the search for fuller explanations of women's experiences at work.

Sue Inglis is with the Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4K1. Karen Danylchuk is with the Faculty of Kinesiology, Thames Hall, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada N6A 3K7. Donna Pastore is with the School of HPER, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1284.

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