Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
This study explored NCAA Division I coach perceptions of the current scholarship model in regards to scholarship limits, head count and equivalency sports, and modifications to the distribution of scholarship dollars. There were 349 head and assistant coaches from Division I Power-5 conferences who shared their insights toward this purpose. The results reveal a number of key findings which can be a valuable addition to the discussion on providing scholarships to student-athletes. These key findings include: coaches are least satisfied with the overall NCAA scholarship model and the equivalency sport scholarship allocation model, headcount and revenue sport coaches were more satisfied with the four aspects of the scholarship model, and coaches that were more knowledgeable of other sports’ scholarship limits were less satisfied with the current scholarship model. This is relevant in the current landscape of intercollegiate athletics as coaches have not been included in the discussions on potential changes to the scholarship model.