Date of Publication

Summer 2014

Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Professor's Name

Katharine Burakowski


The purpose of this study was to look at the evaluation criteria used during the evaluation of a Division III head football coach. The reasoning behind the subject is because of the lack of knowledge on the criteria used. While some researches have given a short list of reasons why coaches get fired, however none of them have focused on Division III which’s landscape is very different of that in Division I. A survey was sent out to 150 head coaches and athletic directors throughout the country. After looking at the results it showed the perceptions did differ between both subjects but their perceptions were also very similar. The top five criteria that were mentioned by both beach coaches and athletic directors were; winning, recruitment of student athletes, student athlete experience, organization and management of the football program, and retention. The findings of this study is important for a few reasons, it provides a better understanding of the criteria used in head coaching evaluations, and it also provides future researches a chance to use the criteria that were fond important in this study and use it in theirs to improve their own findings.