Educational Needs of Elite U.S. National Team, Pan American, and Olympic Coaches

Gould, Daniel; Krane, Vikki; Giannini, John; Hodge, Ken
July 1990
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Jul1990, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p332
Academic Journal
The present investigation was designed to develop a profile of the coaching education background and self-perceived coaching education needs of elite U.S. amateur sport coaches. In all, 130 national team, Pan American, and/or Olympic coaches representing more than 30 U.S. Olympic structure sports were surveyed. Results revealed that the coaches were extremely interested in coaching education workshops and seminars, initiating mentor coach programs for potential elite coaches, and participating in a variety of coaching science courses. Few consistent differences were found between the various categories of coaches (individual vs. team sport, open vs. closed sport, experienced vs. inexperienced, male vs. female, and physical education degree vs. non physical education degree) in terms of their coaching education background and needs. Implications for university based coaching education efforts are discussed.


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