Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

William E. Davis


The primary purpose of this study was to determine the influence of selected factors on the length of employment of athletic coaches at institutions in the Southeastern Conference. The study used three different populations in addressing the specific objectives of the study. The first and primary population in the study was defined the head coaches, the second population was defined as all member institutions of the Southeastern Conference, and the third population consisted of the individual sports that are supported by each institution and recognized by the Southeastern Conference. The instrument used to collect the data in this study was a recording document in the form of a spreadsheet. The information was derived from published sport information guides from each member institution, published Southeastern Conference information guides, and the NCAA, SEC, and institutional web sites. The findings of the study reveal that there is a higher percentage of male than female head coaches for the selected sports studied. In addition, baseball coaches have the longest tenure of the selected sports since 1970; and, finally, for all sports studied, the last year winning percentage was not a significant factor on head coach's length of tenure. Using multiple regression analysis, a significant model was found which explains 24.1% of the variance in the length of service for SEC coaches. The three variables that contributed significantly to the model included: overall winning percentage during the coach's employment, the number of NCAA violations for which the institution was penalized during the coach's employment, and whether or not the coach was employed as the head baseball coach.