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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Sports Management: M.S.




School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Mark E. Moore

Second Advisor

Rodney G. Dobey

Third Advisor

William C. Hudson

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Keywords and Subject Headings

burnout, burnout factors, basketball, coaches


Current research is beginning to show evidence of athletic coaches suffering from high levels of stress and burnout within the profession. Much of this research has been conducted at the collegiate level, with little or no regard to high school coaches.

The purpose of this study was three-fold. The first was to determine what factors of burnout could be identified among head varsity basketball coaches in the state of Iowa. Secondly, this study was designed to identify any difference in burnout factors across gender. This study also attempted to address a somewhat new phenomenon in coaching: the pressure and difficulties encountered when dealing with the parents of current players. By examining data, this study was designed to determine if this new problem is a significant cause of stress and burnout.

A researcher designed Coaching Burnout Survey was sent to 350 head basketball coaches throughout Iowa. One hundred eighty of those surveys were addressed to head boy's coaches, and 170 to head girl's coaches. These coaches were asked to complete the survey and return the results as expediently as possible to the researcher. The returned surveys were then analyzed using descriptive statistical techniques along with multiple regression statistics.

The findings indicated that two main predictors of burnout existed among Iowa high school basketball coaches: age and the number of sports that an individual coached. Data also found that although parental conflicts are increasing, making the job more difficult, it has not become a significant cause of stress and burnout. Insufficient data were returned in order to analyze any differences in burnout between genders.


I would first like to thank my committee: Dr. Mark Moore, Dr. Rod Dobey, and Dr. Bill Hudson for their time, patience and understanding while guiding me through this study.

I would also like to thank Dr. Mark Moore for his role as my major advisor. Without your help and guidance this study would not have been possible. I cannot thank you enough for your knowledge and understanding.

In addition I would like to extend special thanks to Kevin Schlagel and Matt Reimer for the opportunity they gave me at this University. Without that opportunity, none of this would have been possible. Thank you both for your understanding and patience, as these are 2 years that I will never forget.

Finally, I would like to thank my parents and family. You are all why I've become the person I am today. Thank you all for your support during these past 2 years.

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