Date Approved

6-14-2006

Embargo Period

3-31-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

College sports--New Jersey; Soccer coaches--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the issues, challenges, and leadership qualities of NCAA Division III head soccer coaches in a highly competitive and diverse area of the United States. Fifteen head soccer coaches from the New Jersey Athletic Conference completed the Leadership Assessment Instrument and the Issues and Challenges survey to identify similarities amongst state institutions of higher education in New Jersey and to compare similarities between head coaches of male and female soccer programs. Findings suggest there are no distinct differences amongst these institutions or between head coaches of male and female soccer programs. The leadership competencies and skills also reveal no distinct differences between the head coaches for male soccer programs when compared to female soccer programs.

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