Dylan Johnson, ‘15, is an economics and sports management double major. The student athlete is also president of the E&H student body.
Project &: Dylan has been awarded a Ledford Scholarship from the Appalachian College Association to help him pursue research that, he hopes, will enable a better understanding of the value of college athletics that goes well beyond athletic victories.
I recall watching a Division I college basketball game on television a few years back. During the game, one of the coaches was thrown out of the game because of his reactions to what was happening on the court. That really got me thinking about the ethics of coaching. I am passionate about sports, but for me it is not about winning or losing games; it is about the benefits that athletics have for the individual athlete. I have been exploring through research the impact that coaches have on their players through their use of ethics, spirituality and expectation. Ultimately, I would like to help coaches and fans realize that the game is about much more than winning. My research hits on the point that coaches can have a valuable, positive influence on a young person’s life, and schools should be as aware of that as they are about wins and losses.Dylan Johnson