College basketball is one of the most popular and electrifying sports in America. Millions of fans every March eagerly fill out their “March Madness” brackets and tune into the games on TV cheering on their favorite teams and players. College hoops has been growing in popularity for years now, ever since the days of John Wooden’s UCLA dynasty in the 1960s and 1970s. Since that time, college hoops is nowhere near the same. There have been changes rules pertaining to gameplay and recruiting, there have been changes in coaching strategies and recruiting practices, and there have been more broad societal changes that have impacted coaching such as a more current movement towards mental health awareness. Needless to say, college basketball coaches over the years have dealt with their fair share of change. How coaches actually go about adapting and responding to change is the question. Throughout the course of this independent study, three major changes within college basketball will be examined as well as how and why they influenced coaches to adapt.


Welsch, Christina



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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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