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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
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3NQ4H
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Physical Education and Recreation
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Rodgers, Wendy (Physical Education and Recreation)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Holt, Nick (Physical Education and Recreation)
    • Mason, Dan (Physical Education and Recreation)
    • Denison, James (Phyisical Education and Recreation)