Communication and Team Performance: A Case Study of Division I Football Captains

Academic Article


  • Performance excellence is a core value in athletic teams. A team’s intraorganizational network has been considered an important determinant of team performance. However, the role of sport-team captains is often overlooked in lieu of the coaching staff. The purpose of this case study was to explore the relationship between team captains’ intrateam ego network and team-performance indicators. The researchers video recorded the intrateam communication of 4 college football-team captains over the course of 9 practices and collected secondary data pertaining to team performance. Analysis of the coded interactions revealed significant positive relationships between captains’ ego network and the previous week’s team performance, with a nonsignificant correlation with the subsequent week’s team performance. Analysis exploring the relationships between captains’ ego network and other team-performance indicators provides some support for the impact of intrateam communication on team performance. Implications for coaches and future directions for research are presented.
  • Authors

  • Lower-Hoppe, Leeann M
  • Heuett, Kyle B
  • Newman, Tarkington
  • Brgoch, Shea M
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • March 2020
  • Keywords

  • intrateam ego network
  • leader network centrality
  • leader network density
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 77
  • End Page

  • 96
  • Volume

  • 13
  • Issue

  • 1