An Analysis of Search Firm Success in College Football Head Coach Hiring Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Read, Andrew
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • As a result of increased importance in the success of football programs, a number of athletic directors have elected to use the services of a search firm as an aid in the hiring of a new football coach. The purpose of this study is to determine whether search firms outperform athletic directors in successful football coaching hires. Coaches hired between 2005 and 2014 and currently employed by the school that hired them had data collected on their winning percentage, recruiting rankings, and NCAA infractions. Coaches were determined whether they were hired by a search firm or without outside help. Means were compared between the two groups. Means showed no significant difference in the two groups in the three areas compared.
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  • Shields, Edgar
  • Malekoff, Robert
  • Popp, Nels
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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