Limited research has been undertaken to understand the Division II level of college athletics and the challenges confronting universities and athletic departments operating at this level. Of particular importance, there is a paucity research examining the level of support that athletic departments and universities can offer their student-athletes for their overall growth and development. The purpose of this exploratory study is to examine some of challenges for an NCAA Division II athletic department regarding its ability to support the overall growth and development of its student-athletes. To achieve this, I conducted a qualitative case study at a private Division II university to achieve an in-depth understanding of operations within the athletic department. The findings from this study revealed that limited resources coupled with the pressure to win presented substantial challenges for the athletic department to support and foster the development of its student-athletes beyond the athletic realm of competition. The implications for practice and future research are discussed.
"Challenges for Supporting Student-Athlete Development: Perspectives from an NCAA Division II Athletic Department,"
Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics: Vol. 5, Article 1.
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