What Makes a Great Team Captain in NCAA Sports?

by Stephen Walker, PhD, CC-AASP

Podium’s Podcast of the Week: An Interview with Jesse Michel – West Virginia University

Coaches have varying expectations of their team captains.  Some will follow the adage of  ‘expect nothing be prepared for everything’ while others will want their team captain to serve as an assistant coach.  Leadership is a variable that can distinguish a great sports captain.  But what does that look like on a collegiate team?

Jesse Michel, Dr. Greg Shelley from Ithaca College and Dr. Noah Gentner from Georgia Southern University collaborated on a qualitative research study of the behaviors most recognized as defining a great team captain.  At any level this interview will prove illuminating, and offer some guidelines useful to both coaches and team captains alike.

Jesse Michel – Behaviors of Successful NCAA Sport Captains



One thought on “What Makes a Great Team Captain in NCAA Sports?

  • July 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for posting this Dr. Walker!
    Love the site-


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