Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
School of Communication
Daniel A. Davis
This study investigates the relationship between communication processes collegiate rugby coaches utilize when making decisions and team success. Along with measuring coaches' collaborative decision-making levels, this study explored various communication opportunities coaches report offering to players during decision-making processes. The results show there is no linear relationship between collaborative decision-making levels and winning percentage, nor is there a linear relationship between offering communication opportunities and winning percentage. Analysis revealed no one specific communication opportunity was a significant predictor variable of team success. While the variables tested did not have any correlation with college rugby winning percentage, it was found that collegiate rugby coaches most often invite players to communicate about scheduling practice, the starting lineup, and determining practice content.
Sullivan, Kelley, "Success from the Sideline: How Communicative Processes of Coaches' Decision-Making Styles Relate to Rugby Team Success" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 412.