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Paul G. Schempp, Bryan A. McCullick, Matthew A. Grant, Cornell Foo, and Kelly Wieser

The purpose of this study was to analyze the relationship between coaches’ professional playing experience and their professional coaching success. The sample (n = 134) included coaches who had the equivalent of three full seasons of head coaching experience in either Major League Baseball (MLB) (n = 46), the National Basketball Association (NBA) (n = 38) or the National Football League (NFL) (n = 50) as determined by the total number of games coached between the years 1997-2007. ANOVAs revealed no significant differences between coaches with more or less professional playing experience and professional coaching success as determined by professional winning percentage. Further, no significant relationship was found between professional playing experience and professional coaching success in MLB (r = -0.16), NBA (r = -0.05) or NFL (r = 0.00). It was concluded that professional playing experience was not a predictor of professional level coaching success. These findings support the notion that sources of knowledge other than playing experience may be necessary and useful in developing coaching expertise.

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Andy Gillham, Eva Gillham, and Keith Hansen

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.

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Chantal N. Vallée and Gordon A. Bloom

Winning a national championship is a rare feat; winning five consecutive championships is extraordinary. One such example has recently occurred with the University of Windsor women’s basketball team which competes in the Canadian interuniversity sports league. The team’s head coach, Chantal Vallée, has a combined regular season and playoff winning percentage greater than 80%, including winning five consecutive Canadian national championships. Even more astounding is that before her appointment the school had only four winning seasons in their 50-year history, and had never hosted a playoff game. The purpose of this paper is to explain the remarkable turnaround of this program. This article will provide both the “what” (Enacting The Vision; Athlete Empowerment; Teaching Life Skills; Lifelong Learning and Personal Reflection) and the “how” (blueprint) of the transformation of the University of Windsor women’s basketball into a perennial national contender.

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Thomas K. Ewing

United States, Schempp et al. ( 2010 ) found that playing experience had no statistically significant impact on coaching success. Thus, based on this finding, coupled with the information presented in this manuscript, it would appear that: (a) Many great coaches were not great players, and (b) Not all

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Graham G. Williams and Áine MacNamara

meaning and purpose of their talent pathway coaching was influenced by their athlete pathway experience. TA of the data highlighted three higher order themes (a developmental coaching philosophy, applied coaching practice, and pathway experience supporting coaching success), 11 lower order themes, and 33

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David A. Urquhart, Gordon A. Bloom, and Todd M. Loughead

, researchers examining the intrapersonal characteristics and traits of SWC have identified an obsessive passion for coaching success, in-depth personal reflection, high emotional intelligence, and a quest for continuous improvement (e.g.,  Donoso-Morales et al., 2017 ; Lara-Bercial & Mallett, 2016 ; Vallée

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G. Matthew Robinson, Mitchell J. Neubert, and Glenn Miller

university ( Azadfada, Besmi, & Doroudian, 2014 ). Furthermore, Gilham, Burton, and Gillham ( 2014 ) suggested that servant-leader behavior may have a positive relationship with coaching success, whereas Cho and Kim ( 2014 ), of the Korean National Sport University, presented findings from a study of 224

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Laura St. Germain, Amanda M. Rymal, and David J. Hancock

through observational learning appeared to facilitate coaching success among participants. The second coding category was Self-Reflection , which was operationally defined as coaches introspectively examining their coaching behaviors, practices, and philosophies. For example, a tactically conservative

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Scott Westfall

levels of greatness ( Groysberg & Naik, 2016 ). While winning percentage has traditionally been the accepted standard of coaching success, an equally remarkable level of performance is demonstrated when a coach takes a previously struggling team, and through a deliberate and transformational process

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Anthony Koschmann

their jobs, whereas those who fail to win are often fired ( Allen & Chadwick, 2012 ; Frick, 2004 ). The measure should reflect winning as well as subtler hints of coaching success and organizational cohesion. Learning (longevity) in the Bundesliga German soccer league produced more efficiency ( Frick