Gender Issues

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 165–174

Are Head Coaches in Intercollegiate Athletics Perceived as Masculine? An Evaluation of Gender Stereotypes and the Effect of Sexism on Intercollegiate Coaches

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12147-010-9092-x

Cite this article as:
Aicher, T.J. & Sagas, M. Gend. Issues (2010) 27: 165. doi:10.1007/s12147-010-9092-x


This study focused on determining if gender stereotypes existed in intercollegiate athletics in relation to coaches, and if the discourse was enveloped within sexist beliefs. Specifically, we tested the relationship modern sexism had with traits ascribed to successful head coaches. Results indicated no gender differences in the traits ascribed to head coaches. Further, modern sexism did not moderate the relationship between gender and masculinity scores for the head coach. This research study bolsters previous research in that we found no gender differences in ascribed leadership traits, and expands the literature about sexism in sport.


SexismCoachesGender rolesLeadership stereotypes

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sport ManagementNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA
  2. 2.Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport ManagementUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA