Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


School of Communication

First Advisor

Daniel A. Davis

Second Advisor

Lance Lippert


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.


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Communication Commons