Servant or Service? The Problem and a Conceptual Solution

Authors

  • Guy Hornsby West Virginia University
  • Ben Gleason Louisiana Tech University
  • Dan Wathen Youngstown State University
  • Brad Deweese East Tennessee State University
  • Meg Stone East Tennessee State University
  • Kyle Pierce Louisiana State University at Shreveport
  • John Wagle East Tennessee State University
  • David J. Szymanski Louisiana Tech University
  • Michael H. Stone East Tennessee State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.2017-0029

Keywords:

strength and conditioning, coach education, NCAA, athlete development

Abstract

The present article addresses issues within U.S. collegiate sport as it pertains to the physical preparation and health and well-being of intercollegiate athletes. Specifically, the sport coach is often perceived as “all knowing” about every facet of their sport when, in fact, they typically are not formally educated or well-trained in current methods of enhancing sport performance. Often strength and conditioning coaches, who may also be poorly trained, are tied directly (financially and administratively) to the sport coach—a situation which has led to a subservient role heavily influenced by the wishes of the sport coach. This has unfortunately resulted in the multidimensional well-being of the athlete clearly not being a primary objective in many programs.

Author Biographies

Guy Hornsby, West Virginia University

Hornsby is with the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Gleason and Szymanski are with the Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. Wathen is with the Athletics Department, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH. Deweese, Wagle, and Michael Stone are with the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management, and the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. Meg Stone is with the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, , Johnson City, TN. Pierce is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Shreveport, LA.

Ben Gleason, Louisiana Tech University

Hornsby is with the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Gleason and Szymanski are with the Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. Wathen is with the Athletics Department, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH. Deweese, Wagle, and Michael Stone are with the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management, and the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. Meg Stone is with the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, , Johnson City, TN. Pierce is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Shreveport, LA.

Dan Wathen, Youngstown State University

Hornsby is with the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Gleason and Szymanski are with the Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. Wathen is with the Athletics Department, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH. Deweese, Wagle, and Michael Stone are with the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management, and the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. Meg Stone is with the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, , Johnson City, TN. Pierce is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Shreveport, LA.

Brad Deweese, East Tennessee State University

Hornsby is with the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Gleason and Szymanski are with the Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. Wathen is with the Athletics Department, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH. Deweese, Wagle, and Michael Stone are with the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management, and the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. Meg Stone is with the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, , Johnson City, TN. Pierce is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Shreveport, LA.

Meg Stone, East Tennessee State University

Hornsby is with the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Gleason and Szymanski are with the Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. Wathen is with the Athletics Department, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH. Deweese, Wagle, and Michael Stone are with the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management, and the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. Meg Stone is with the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, , Johnson City, TN. Pierce is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Shreveport, LA.

Kyle Pierce, Louisiana State University at Shreveport

Hornsby is with the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Gleason and Szymanski are with the Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. Wathen is with the Athletics Department, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH. Deweese, Wagle, and Michael Stone are with the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management, and the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. Meg Stone is with the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, , Johnson City, TN. Pierce is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Shreveport, LA.

John Wagle, East Tennessee State University

Hornsby is with the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Gleason and Szymanski are with the Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. Wathen is with the Athletics Department, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH. Deweese, Wagle, and Michael Stone are with the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management, and the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. Meg Stone is with the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, , Johnson City, TN. Pierce is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Shreveport, LA.

David J. Szymanski, Louisiana Tech University

Hornsby is with the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Gleason and Szymanski are with the Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. Wathen is with the Athletics Department, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH. Deweese, Wagle, and Michael Stone are with the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management, and the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. Meg Stone is with the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, , Johnson City, TN. Pierce is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Shreveport, LA.

Michael H. Stone, East Tennessee State University

Hornsby is with the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Gleason and Szymanski are with the Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. Wathen is with the Athletics Department, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH. Deweese, Wagle, and Michael Stone are with the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management, and the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. Meg Stone is with the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, , Johnson City, TN. Pierce is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Shreveport, LA.

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Published

2017-12-01

How to Cite

Hornsby, G., Gleason, B., Wathen, D., Deweese, B., Stone, M., Pierce, K., Wagle, J., Szymanski, D. J., & Stone, M. H. (2017). Servant or Service? The Problem and a Conceptual Solution. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 10(2), 228–243. https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.2017-0029