This qualitative study is to explore the meaning of having a female coach for a male team. Along with various secondary data, first-hand experiences of hiring managers who have previously hired female coaches for male teams were used. Four male athletic directors from high schools located in the U.S. Northeast region were interviewed, and a cross-case analysis method was adopted for tagging data and determining themes. Four primary themes emerged: 1) Prior experiences with a female coach when being an athlete or a coach influence the perceived meaning of seeing a female coach for a male team; 2) It was emphasized to hire the most qualified candidate for the job, with gender not being a crucial criteria in the hiring process; 3) Organizational work environment existed hidden obstacles that a female coach for a male team would face; and 4) Nevertheless, females were encouraged to apply for coaching positions on male teams if they met the qualifications. Regardless of gender, the most desirable candidates possessing professional qualifications and knowledge should be hired. This study concluded that the trend for a low percentage of female applicants for male teams needs to be improved and thus to enhance gender diversity.
- 주제 : 예체능분야 > 체육학
- 발행기관 : 한국체육학회
- 간행물 : International Journal of Human Movement Science, 14권 2호