|The aims of the study were to identify coach profiles and examine whether participants
from distinct profiles significantly differed on burnout, emotions, and coping or not.
A sample of 268 athletes (Mage D 29.34; SD = 12.37) completed a series of self-reported
questionnaires. Cluster analyses revealed two coach leadership profiles: (a) profile 1
with high scores of training and instruction, authoritarian behavior, social support, and
positive feedback, and a low score of democratic behavior; and (b) profile 2 with low
levels in training and instruction, authoritarian behavior, social support, and positive
feedback and high levels in democratic behavior. Results of Multivariate analyses of
variance (MANOVAs) indicated significant differences across coach profiles on reduced
accomplishment, sport devaluation, happiness and seeking support and marginal
differences on dejection, logical analysis, imagery/thought control, and excitement.
Moreover, coach leadership profiles were not confounded by demographic variables
(level of competition, gender, age, number of practice hours, professional versus no
professional athletes). As a conclusion, the profile approach offered a holistic way to
examine coach leadership in sport as two distinct coach profiles emerged from the
cluster analyses with an unexpected combination of coach leadership dimensions.