College coaches cite a number of personality attributes they desire in prospective athletes. One of the most commonly cited attributes is coachability, although each coach may have a unique way of describing what this means. The coachability construct is not well understood in the literature, and links between coachability and personality traits have not been adequately explored. As a result, strategies to help coaches better evaluate coachability and personality traits during the recruiting process are limited. This paper describes specific behaviors that may best distinguish more coachable from less coachable female college softball athletes. It also identifies important personality traits that appear to be associated with whether an athlete may be more coachable or less coachable and proposes ways coaches can use this information to better evaluate coachability and personality during the recruiting process.
Angela Lumpkin, Judy Favor and Lacole McPherson
While the number of high school girls’ teams has dramatically increased since Title IX, the number of female head coaches has not. In the 10 most popular high school sports in 2011-2012, only three (volleyball, swimming and diving, and competitive spirit squads) had more than 44% female head coaches. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether females or males are coaching high school girls’ sport teams and whether female coaches are attaining head coaching positions in the most popular high school girls’ sports. Additionally, the study sought to understand better why males and females choose to become head coaches of high school girls’ sport teams and what factors might cause head high school girls’ coaches to resign from coaching. In the 21–30 age group, there were more female than male head coaches of girls’ teams, but after age 40, male head coaches vastly outnumbered female head coaches. Of the coaches with 12 or more years of experience, only 33% were females. Time away from family, player issues, inadequate compensation, and time away from other activities were the top reasons high school coaches might resign.