Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Physical Education



Now, as never before, there is an increasing demand for qualified coaches. The importance of this most recent demand is obvious. America is stressing physical strength, endurance, and skill. The recent wars revealed a genuine need for physical training. It called attention to the deficient man power of the nation and many observers came to the conclusion that the young men were of a very low physical standard. These beliefs supported by physical examination records of the draft boards gave rise to arguments for a newer emphasis on physical education in the public schools of the nation. Leagues of amateur and professional athletes, athletic clubs, and other similar organizations contributed to the wave of enthusiasm and promoted athletic games and contests. Much of the benefits to be derived from athletic games and contests depend upon methods and procedures used in their administration. Therefore, the question of qualifications of coaches of athletics arises.

The coach of interscholastic athletics assumes a responsible position in American education. He guides the destinies of youth in life situations of intense interest. He reserves the opportunity for molding the character of adolescent youth, the man power of the nation. He must be qualified to coach boys in athletics. These qualifications and the many weaknesses found among the coaches interviewed for this study will be presented.

Committee Chair/Advisor

W. J. Nicks

Committee Member

W. J. Nicks


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View




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