Student Athlete Recruitment at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas

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With the impact winning athletic teams have on a university it is not surprising that pressure to produce winning teams is enormous. Coaches are expected to recruit the most athletically talented players to provide the university with winning seasons (Letawsky, Palmer & Schneider, 2005). In order for institutions to bring in quality athletes who are able to excel academically and athletically, it is important for the administrators, coaches, and recruiters to understand what characterizes the college selection decision making process for student athletes. Therefore, an important step in this regard would be to develop instrumentation to measure this process. Hence, the purpose of this study was to conduct pilot research to develop instrumentation in which the underlying structure of student athletes' college selection processes could be better understood. The study took place at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) and in cooperation with the UNLV Department of Athletics. Based on the literature and structured interviews with UNLV athletic coaches, administrators, and student athletes, it was determined that the instrument should attempt to measure the following 6 components: (a) relationship with coaching staff, (b) success of program, (c) personal achievement, (d) academics, (e) teammates, (f) and UNLV. Items were reviewed by a panel of experts, then revised and placed within one of the six components. …