Work-Family Balance Among Coach-Fathers: A Qualitative Examination of Enrichment, Conflict, and Role Management Strategies Academic Article uri icon


  • Workfamily balance in sport has until this point largely been characterized as an issue for women. Current societal trends, however, suggest that men also struggle with balancing work and family responsibilities. Using theoretical frameworks from both conflict and enrichment, this study examined the ways that fathers who are coaches experience and manage the worklife interface. Twenty-four men who are fathers and high school varsity head coaches were interviewed for this study. The respondents discussed the day-to-day challenges and coping strategies they utilized to manage their worklife interface. Ultimately, five themes emerged from the data, including (a)coaching as more than an occupation, (b)experiences of conflict and strain, (c)coping strategies, (d)nonutilization of organizational supports, and (e)experiences of enrichment. These findings suggest that, indeed, men struggle with balancing competing role demands. However, the findings also suggest that men are utilizing diverse and creative approaches for managing their fathering and coaching roles, resulting in meaningful experiences of enrichment stemming from both coaching and fathering.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Graham, J. A., & Dixon, M. A.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Graham, Jeffrey A||Dixon, Marlene A

publication date

  • January 2017