Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Scott Gaier

Second Advisor

Skip Trudeau

Third Advisor

Tim Herrmann


This study explored the impact of a coach implementing growth mindset at a faith-based, liberal arts institution in the Midwest. The purpose of this study was to determine if there was any impact on student-athletes being under a coaching philosophy rooted in growth mindset. Results from the study indicate the positive impact of implementing growth mindset from the perspective of both the head coach and the student-athletes. Despite the exploratory nature of the study, the head coach’s philosophy is affirmed as a positive influence to help student-athletes improve in skill and ability.