Date of Award


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Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Executive Leadership

First Supervisor

Shelley Jallow


The purpose of this research was to investigate the organizational commitment levels between male and female coaches at the high school level by using descriptive statistics. This study analyzed organizational commitment levels between male and female coaches at the Division I and III collegiate levels using Meyer, Allen, and Smith’s (1993) Revised Commitment Survey, as well as seven personal characteristic questions, which were used to measure each participant’s organizational commitment. There were 331 possible coaches (250 = male, 81 = female) who were eligible to participate in the study. Additional demographic questions were added to the survey regarding age, gender, kinship responsibilities, organizational tenure, occupational tenure, coaching level, and the sport coached. Results revealed that there are no differences between Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) male and female coaches’ levels of affective commitment (AC), normative commitment (NC), continuance commitment (CC), continuance commitment low alternative (CC:LoAlt), and continuance commitment high sacrifice (CC:HiSac). However, there were differences between the different levels of AC, NC, and CC for the entire population of OCIAA coaches who participated in the study. Recommended research should explore the commitment level of same-gender coaching responsibilities and between different genders of coaches in the same sport. Coaches may have higher commitment levels when they are coaching teams of their own gender. For example, women who coach girls may have different commitment levels than women who coach boys. Future research is also recommended to see if a correlation exists between the organizational commitment of the athletic director and his or her coaching staff.

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