A highly admired international researcher specializing in issues of power and interaction within the coach-athlete relationship, will talk about the sociology of coaching November 9 at West Virginia University.

Dr. Robyn L. Jones from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, will discuss “Research in Coaching: Past, Present and Future Directions” on Nov. 9, 2009, 1:30-2:45 p.m. in room 251, Coliseum, sponsored by WVU’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

“Dr. Jones is offers a personal research odyssey whose constant theme has been an aversion to staying on safe discursive ground. His particular account is placed within the wider context of research into sports coaching, which has traditionally been subject to reductionist methods and analyses,” explains Dr. Valerie Wayda, chair of the college’s department of Coaching and Teaching Studies.

“His body of work continues to search for ways to better examine and represent the social complexity of sports coaching,” Wayda adds.

Jones will discuss the importance of how coaches, sport and research benefit from these studies, and what the future directions hold. He has authored five books, and edited four on these topics, written 20 book chapters, and has extensive peer-reviewed research publications.

The talk is open to students, faculty and staff along with the general public.

Jones is in his fourth year as professor of Sport and Social Theory at the Cardiff School of Sport, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. He was awarded Personal Chair in December 2006.

His lecture will include clips of coaching to depict the ambiguity, emotionality, humor and general human side of the job.

—WVU—

11/06/09

CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
304-293-0827, Kimberly.Cameon@mail.wvu.edu