Date of Award

8-2009

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Executive Leadership

First Supervisor

Michael Wischnowski

Second Supervisor

Diane Barrett

Abstract

High rates of binge drinking among college athletes are particularly troubling to campus administrators because drinking results in greater harms and increased disciplinary outcomes for athletes and because others in the campus community often experience secondhand effects as a result of athletes' binge drinking. The level of trust in the coach-athlete relationship makes athletic coach involvement in the campus judicial process a viable approach to reduce the binge drinking rates of athletes and the associated harms and disciplinary outcomes that they experience. This study explored the perceptions of athletic coaches and judicial affairs administrators regarding coach involvement in the campus judicial process through a mixed-methods approach utilizing a focus group, telephone interviews, and the administration of a Web survey instrument. Results of the study suggested that both groups believe athletic coach involvement in the campus discipline process is a viable solution to reducing the future involvement of athletes in alcohol-related incidents. Both groups also demonstrate a willingness to collaborate with each other when student-athletes are involved in campus alcohol policy violations. Notification of athletic coaches should occur when student-athletes are involved in alcohol-related campus policy violations and collaboration between coaches and judicial administrators should be implemented to help prevent athletes' involvement in future alcohol-related incidents.

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