Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Physical Education

First Advisor

James E. Lidstone


Forty-three head football coaches from NCAA Division II completed the T-P Leadership Questionnaire. Task and person scores from the T-P were related to the head coaches' career winning percentage. A mail survey was employed for data collection. A total of 43 of 68 head coaches or 63. 2% participated in the study. A two-step PROC REGRESSION procedure indicated that task orientation and person/people orientation account for 14.8% of the coach's career winning percentage. A three variable regression procedure was also carried out adding years of coaching at Division II. This combination of variables resulted in an R value of .249 or 24.9% of career winning percentage. A Student's t-test compared the most successful coaches (CWP ≥ .550) and the least successful coaches (CWP ≤ .450) on task, person, and years of experience. There was no significant difference (p > .05, df= 33) between the two groups on either task orientation or person/people orientation. However, a significant difference was noted between the two groups with respect to years of experience (p= .005, df= 33). Specifically, coaches with a career winning percentage of .550 and above had more years of coaching experience. The mean leadership styles, task orientation and person/people orientation combined, for all three CWP categories appear in the High Task and High Relationship quadrant on the Ohio State Leadership Grid. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between leadership style and coaching success. More specifically, the study sought to determine if a linear relationship existed between leadership style as measured by the T-P Leadership Questionnaire and the career winning percentage of NCAA Division II Head Football Coaches.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Football -- Coaching
Football coaches



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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