Brian Gearity, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Human Performance and Recreation

My research interests are centered on coach effectiveness, coach learning and coach-athlete relationships. I have conducted research investigating coaches' and athletes' experiences, but my current focus is on coaches' experiences. I have a few ongoing projects such as a grant funded study on the life experiences of female strength and conditioning coaches. I tend to do qualitative research and incorporate aspects of storytelling in my writing. I find this to be very exciting work--students often come to this realization too and end up enjoying taking part in this type of research.
I use social theory to inform my research, but I'm well versed across multiple disciplines such as psychology, education and sociology. I've worked with graduate and undergraduate students, and at times, we've presented at conferences and published in leading journals.


1. Mills, J. & Gearity, B. T. (under review). How can “Coach Foucault” challenge our assumptions of strength and conditioning? Strength and Conditioning Journal.

2. Gearity, B. T., Callary, B., & Fulmer, P. (under review). Learning to coach: A qualitative case study of Phillip Fulmer. Journal of Coaching Education.

3. Cottingham II, M. P., Phillips, D., Carroll, M., & Gearity, B. T. (under review). Application of the motivation scale for disability sport consumption: An examination of intended future consumption behavior of collegiate wheelchair basketball spectators. Journal of Sport Behavior.

4. Cottingham II, M. P., Phillips, D., Carroll, M., Gearity, B. T., & Drane, D. (under review). The development and validation of the motivation scale for disability sport consumption. Sport Management Review.

5. Cottingham II, M. P., Gearity, B. T., & Byon, K. (in press). A qualitative examination of disability sport executives’ perceptions of sport promotion and the acquisition of sponsors. Sport Marketing Quarterly.

6. Gearity, B. T., Hudson, G., & Murray, M. (accepted). Using project-based learning to promote college student learning of strength and conditioning coaching. Strength and Conditioning Journal.

7. Murray, M., Zakrajsek, R., & Gearity, B. T. (accepted). Effective internships in strength and conditioning: A community of practice approach. Strength and Conditioning Journal.

8. Gearity, B. T. & Mills, J. (2013). Discipline and punish in the weight room. Sport Coaching Review.

9. Gearity, B. T. & Denison, J. (2012). Educator-Coach as stranger. Cultural Studies < = > Critical Methodologies, 12(4), 352-356. DOI 10.1177/1532708612446437

10. Cottingham II, M. P., Gearity, B. T. & Byon, K. K. (under review). A qualitative examination of disability sport executives’ perceptions of sport promotion and the acquisition of sponsors. Submitted to World Leisure Journal.

11. Gearity, B. T. (2012). Coach as unfair and uncaring: A phenomenological study of ethics in the coach-athlete dyad. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 6(2), 173-200.

12. Keyes, M. S. & Gearity, B. T. (2011). Narratives of sport pedagogies: The poetic representation of life beyond dreams. Cultural Studies < = > Critical Methodologies, 11(5), 511-515. DOI 10.1177/1532708611423214

13. Gearity, B. T. & Mertz, N. (2012). From “bitch” to “mentor”: A doctoral student’s story of self-change and mentoring. The Qualitative Report, 17(5), 1-27.

14. Cottingham II, M. P., Chatfield, S. L., Gearity, B. T., Allen, J. T., & Hall, S. A. (2012). Using points of attachment to examine repatronage and online consumption of wheelchair rugby spectators. International Journal of Sport Management, 13, 1-13.

15. Gearity, B. T. (2012). Poor teaching by the coach: A phenomenological description from athletes’ experience of poor coaching. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 17,(1), 79-

16. Gearity, B. T. & Murray, M. (2011). Athletes’ experiences of the psychological effects of poor coaching. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12(3), 212-221.

17. Gearity, B. T. (2010). The discipline of philosophy in strength and conditioning. Strength and Conditioning Journal 32(6), 110-117.

18. Gearity, B. T. (2010). Effective coaching: The winning discourse or educational foundations? Journal of Coaching Education, 3(1), 1-21.

19. Gearity, B. T. (2009). Effective collegiate baseball strength coaching. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 31(2), 74-78.

20. Anfara, V. A., Jr, Patterson, F., Buehler, A. & Gearity, B. (2006). School improvement planning in East Tennessee middle schools: A content analysis and perceptions study. NASSP Bulletin, 90(4), 277-300. DOI: 10.1177/0192636506294848


1. Gearity, B. T. (2012). Review of: Jones, R. L., Potrac, P., Cushion, C., & Ronglan, L. T. (Eds.). (2011). The sociology of sports coaching. New York, NY: Routledge. Sociology of Sport
Journal x(x), p-p.

2. Gearity, B. T. (2011). A reflexive pragmatist reading of Alvesson’s Interpreting Interviews. The Qualitative Report (16)2, 609-613.

3. Gearity, B. T. (2011). Beyond liberal democracy: The power of pluralism. Journal of Latinos and Education, 10(2). 175-178. DOI: 10.1080/15348431.2011.556528

4. Gearity, B. T. (2011). Case closed: An earnest review of Gagnon’s case study as research method. The Qualitative Report 16(5), 1434-1437.


1. Gearity, B. T., & Wells, J. (2013). Collegiate coaching and administration. In G. Sailes (Ed.), Sports in higher education: Issues and controversies in college athletics (pp. 169-194). San Diego, CA: Cognella.

2. Gearity, B. T. (due Feb 1). Autoethnography in sport coaching. In L. Nelson, P. Potrac & R. Groom (Eds.), Doing research in sports coaching: Routledge.