Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

Dr. Jody A. Brylinsky

Second Advisor

Dr. Yaunlong Liu

Third Advisor

Dr. Carol Weideman

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study identified the level of awareness, and perceived usefulness of the Program for Athletic Coach (PACE) by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) (n=296). The study further examined: (1) the extent MIVCA coaches are engaged in PACE; (2) the relative importance of content delivered; (3) the important content to improve coaching; and (4) what the MIVCA coaches believed their personal investment should be in a coaching education program.

The participants were asked to complete a survey that ranked the importance of the domains and standards found in the National Standards for Athletic Coaches (NSAC). Results indicate a relatively low level of engagement, but high level of intent and support for coaching education. The coaches believed the three domains of teaching/administration, social/psychological aspects and tactics/strategies as the three most important, while risk management and injury prevention were considered less important. Coaches expressed willingness to personally investment in the coaching profession, and that mandatory coach education, though necessary, would be difficult.