Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2021

Level of Access Assigned by Author

Open-Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




Susan Gardner

Second Committee Member

Elizabeth Allan

Third Committee Member

Leah Hakkola

Additional Committee Members

Kathleen Gillon

Emily Newell


The purpose of this quantitative study was to understand the factors influencing the potential departure decisions of women coaches in Division III college athletics in the United States. More specifically, this research examined the relationship between gender stereotyping, work-family conflict, burnout, job satisfaction, and organizational support on the potential departure intentions of women coaches at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III level. Moreover, the data collected were analyzed to understand how these relationships differed by sport, race, and sexual orientation. A total of 59.3% (n = 118) of respondents had considered leaving their coaching position within the last three years. Burnout as well as a combination of job satisfaction and organizational support had a statistically significant relationship with departure intentions within a regression model. Implications for policy, practice, and future research are included.