Brenau University Volleyball Coach Examines Lack Of Mentors In Female Coach Decline

Brenau University Golden Tigers Volleyball Coach Jeff White.
Brenau University Golden Tigers Volleyball Coach Jeff White.

Brenau University Golden Tigers Volleyball Coach Jeff White has received support from the American Volleyball Coaches Association for a study he is conducting in connection with his Ph.D. studies at the University of Georgia on the effectiveness of the role of coaches as mentors in school athletics programs.

White’s specific interest in the study is to determine whether improving mentoring opportunities will help turn the tide on the sharp decline of female head coaches, even in all-female sports like volleyball, since changes in U.S. education regulations in the mid-1970s opened the door for wide competitive intercollegiate athletics for women. 

White said the study also could provide important data and information for his dissertation thesis that “mentoring that is available for female coaches – or the lack of mentoring – is a significant factor in women’s intention to become head coaches.” He pointed out that the number of female head volleyball coaches at the NCAA Division I level has dropped from about 90 percent in 1975 to 55 percent in 2012.

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