An investigation of a formalized mentoring program for novice basketball coaches

Koon Teck Koh *, Gordon A. Bloom **, Katherine E. Fairhurst **, Dominique M. Paiement ** and Ying Hwa Kee *

(*) Physical Education & Sports Science, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
(**) Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University, Montreal, Canada


Teck Koh, K., A. Bloom, G., E. Fairhurst, K., M. Paiement, D., Hwa Kee, Y. (2014). An investigation of a formalized mentoring program for novice basketball coaches. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 45(1), 11-32. doi:10.7352/IJSP.2014.45.011


The purpose of the current study was to investigate a formalized mentoring program for novice basketball coaches, and to consider what factors that affect its to its effectiveness. Twelve purposefully selected mentors and 36 mentees who enrolled in an introductory coaching education course in Singapore participated in focus group interviews. Results indicated this program was a unique and positive learning experience for both the mentors and mentees. It helped the mentees become more competent and confident in their coaching style, knowledge, and behaviors. The program also enabled mentors to demonstrate useful pedagogical knowledge and skills, and to engage in meaningful self-reflection practices. All participants felt this program should be adopted by other sport associations in their country. Suggestions for improving the program were also forwarded.

Keywords: Career development, Coaching, Mentoring, Motivation, Self-determination theory