Athletes’ Perceptions of Coaches’ Emotional Intelligence Competencies

in Journal of Coaching Education

This study compared intercollegiate athletic coaches’ self-perceptions to the perceptions of their players concerning a coach’s emotional intelligence. Sixteen coaches and 223 players from two Division I softball conferences completed the Emotional Competence Inventory-2 (Boyaztis, Goleman, & Hay/McBer, 2001). Mean analysis revealed that coaches rated themselves higher on 14 of the 18 emotional intelligence competencies and on all four emotional intelligence clusters. Coaches rated themselves highest in Social Awareness (Error! Bookmark not defined.x̅ = 4.27/5) while their athletes rated them highest in Self-Awareness (Error! Bookmark not defined.x̅ = 3.63/5). Meanwhile, athletes gave coaches their lowest rating in Relationship Management (Error! Bookmark not defined.x̅ = 3.44/5). Coaches need to be aware that the self-perceptions of their own behavior differ from the perceptions of their athletes. Since it is well known that the behavior of the coach affects the performance of the athlete, techniques to train coaches to recognize and overcome this difference could be beneficial and are provided.

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Jennifer L. VanSickle, EdD. Jennifer is currently Associate Professor of Sport Management and Coordinator of the Sport Management program at the University of Indianapolis. Before moving to Indianapolis, she earned a Doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky and was the head softball coach at Morehead State University for ten seasons, where she was named conference coach of the year in 1999. Jennifer also spent 6 seasons coaching basketball and softball at the high school level.

Heidi Hancher-Rauch, Ph.D., CHES After earning a master’s degree, Heidi worked in the field of health promotion for a number of years before returning to school to pursue a Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion at Purdue University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Health Education in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Indianapolis where she teaches courses related to community and school health. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Social Health Association of Indiana, Inc. and the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Terry G. Elliott Terry is an associate professor of accounting at Morehead State University. He received his Masters of Science degree from Marshall University and his Masters of Business Administration from Morehead State University. Terry is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and assists the local Small Business Administration office.

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