The Qualities of an Exemplary Coach: A Case Study of Coach Clare Drake

  • Author / Creator
    Draper, Howie J
  • Abstract
    This case study explores the coaching behavior of Clare Drake, an
    exemplary university hockey coach. The research identified qualities contributing
    to his influence. Data included written documentation; three informal
    conversational style interviews and one semi-structured interview with the case;
    as well as semi-structured interviews with eight past players, captains and/or
    coaches representing three distinct eras of coaching at the University of Alberta
    (1959-68, 1969-78, 1979-89). Transformational leadership theory (Bass, 1985)
    was used to frame the inquiry. It may be that Clare Drake’s humility was the
    linchpin of the remaining four qualities and therefore an important ingredient
    contributing to the success and influence that he had on his players, teams and his
    sport. This research supports extant literature in the area of transformational
    leadership in sport as well as more recent findings linking humility to effective
    leadership behavior (Collins, 2001; Morris et al., 2005; Owens & Hekman, 2012).

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2013
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
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