Publication Date

Spring 4-23-2019


School of Health Sciences; School of Business


Interdisciplinary Studies


informal roles, sport, nonverbal leaders, peer leaders


Sports Management | Sports Studies


Within the last century, scholars in sociology and psychology have begun to research roles in society. In recent decades, industrial/organizational psychology research sparked an interest in informal roles, and now sport psychology is beginning to adopt that investigation of informal roles as they appear on sport teams. Current research is sparse, but some early work has determined several informal roles, and one of these has been individually investigated. The purpose of this study was to contribute to the expansion of knowledge concerning individual informal roles by investigating collegiate coaches’ perspectives of a second role: the nonverbal leader. Analysis revealed ideas that coaches shared about the characteristics, emergence, consequences, and management of nonverbal leaders on sport teams.