Coaches’ satisfaction with their athletic partnerships
Coaches play a key role in the development of athletes, and the close relationships that they form can have a profound impact upon both partners (Jowett, 2007). One factor that has been linked with the quality of that relationship is satisfaction, a positive affective state based upon evaluation of related experiences. However, although athlete satisfaction has long been accepted as an important factor in performance (Chelladurai & Riemer, 1997), the area of coach satisfaction remains relatively unexplored. The present study explored the association between coach satisfaction, as measured by the adapted Athlete Satisfaction Questionnaire (Riemer & Chelladurai, 1998), and coaches’ perceptions of the quality of their relationships with their athletes, as measured by the Coach-Athlete Relationship Questionnaire (Jowett & Ntoumanis, 2004). The results of these analyses showed that while relationship quality was a significant predictor of variance in coach satisfaction, different elements of the relationship influenced satisfaction to varying degrees. While relationship quality is evidently a factor in coach satisfaction, it is a complex, interdependent association that needs further exploration. Coach satisfaction remains an under explored area and an important line of future enquiry.
Lorimer, R. 2009. Coaches’ satisfaction with their athletic partnerships. International Journal of Coaching Science. 3(2): pp.57-66