Coaching relationship with walk-on athletes

Cortland Blake Du Bose, University of Texas at El Paso


The purpose of this study was to discover what communication practices coaches used on walk-on athletes and to determine whether the coach was successful or unsuccessful from the athletes' perspective. 15 present and former walk-on athletes who played for The University of Texas at El Paso football team served as the participants for the present study. In order to obtain data, the researcher interviewed the walk-on athletes using the phenomenological approach (Sparks, 1993) which utilizes open-ended questions to find out what kind of experience(s) the walk-on athletes shared in relationship to their coach. Results suggested that six major themes surfaced from the interviews of walk-on athletes: Presence, Connection, Building/Destructing, Imperfection, Crippling their Desires, and Management Strategies. These themes indicated the relationships corresponding to the communication the athletes shared with their coaches.

Subject Area

Communication|Health education

Recommended Citation

Du Bose, Cortland Blake, "Coaching relationship with walk-on athletes" (2014). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1557755.