Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
Barcelona , Robert
Rembert , Kellye
Schmalz , Dorothy
The purpose of this research was to identify the primary motivations for people to become and continue as equestrian vaulting coaches. Using a nomothetic context for research, this study focused on gaining a better understanding of equestrian vaulting coaches by identifying factors that generally motivate their participation in the sport. The first research question related to what motivates someone to become a vaulting coach while the second question related to what motivates these coaches to continue in the coaching role.
Fifteen female coaches were selected for interviews from the American Vaulting Association membership. Interview questions were based on a preliminary survey and were designed to expand upon general motivational data. The resulting information showed strong support for the voluntary nature that drives vaulting coaches to initiate and sustain their action. Motivations for becoming a coach centered on intrinsic factors while motivations to continue as a coach centered on vaulter (athlete) success. Aside from contributing to the growing research literature related to the motivation of coaches and to the sport of equestrian vaulting overall, many avenues are provided for this research to be applied to the management of volunteer coaches by sports organizations.
Mccune, Amy, "Coaching Equestrian Vaulting: The Motivation Behind Volunteer Coaching" (2012). All Dissertations. 1067.