Relational Demography in Coaching Dyads. Academic Article uri icon


  • The decline in the proportion of female head coaches in the intercollegiate ranks is one of the most significant issues in the realm of women's sports today. To extend the body of research that has studied this topic, we investigated the impact relational demographic effects on the work attitudes of coaches, which differs from previous research that has generally studied only categorical demography (e.g., gender effects). Current assistant coaches in four intercollegiate women's sports teams (basketball, volleyball, softball, and soccer) were surveyed (N = 400). The impact of six different relational demographics was assessed on the two important work-related outcomes of perceived supervisor support and head coaching aspirations. Results indicated that with regard to relational demographics it appears that demographic diversity in dyadic relationships does not appear to be hindering the careers of assistant coaches as relational effects were not found in either of the outcomes. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

published proceedings

  • Physical Educator

author list (cited authors)

  • Sagas, M., Paetzold, R., & Ashley, F

complete list of authors

  • Sagas, M||Paetzold, R||Ashley, F

publication date

  • January 2005