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Jeffrey A. Graham, PhD

Associate Professor
HPER 347


RSM 340 Financial Aspects of Sport
RSM 460 Strategic Management


Graham’s research interests center on the interactions between family and sport. His broader research questions examine how families approach working and parenting in sport. More specifically, his research looks at how coaches balance their work and family roles as well as at the involvement of parents in youth sport organizations. This research fits under the broader umbrella of human resource management and organizational behavior, but also addresses broader cultural issues about changes in fathering expectations, family functionality, youth development, and college and youth sport policies. As additional research interests, Graham has done work looking at financial aspects of sport, as well as environmental sustainability in the sport industry.


PhD The University of Texas at Austin Sport Management
MEd The University of Texas at Austin Sport Management
BA The University of Oregon Business Administration


Dabbs, S., Graham, J. A., & Dixon, M. A. (2020). Extending the kaleidoscope career model: Understanding career needs of midcareer elite head coaches. Journal of Sport Management, 34(6), 554-567.

Smith, A. B., Zakrajsek, R., Hardin, R., & Graham, J. A. (2020). It’s all about the mental game: The experiences of position specialists in a collegiate team sport environment. Journal of Sport Behavior, 43(2), 214-244.

Graham, J. A., Smith, A. B., & Dixon, M. A. (2019). Choosing between work and family: Examining the factors that influence decision making process in relation to the work family interface and working in sport. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 12, 427-453.

Graham, J. A., Smith, A. B., & Trendafilova, S. (2019). Finding a healthy balance: Managerial considerations regarding the work-life interface of interns and graduate assistants working in collegiate sport. Case Studies in Sport Management, 8(S1), S33-S38.

Baker, M., Graham, J. A., Smith, A. B., & Smith, Z. T. (2019). Sport-specific free play: Youth football/soccer program recommendations around the world. International Sport Coaching Journal, 6(2), 234-243.

Graham, J. A., Trendafilova, S. A., & Ziakas, V. (2018). Environmental sustainability and sport management education: Bridging the gaps. Managing Sport and Leisure, 23(4), 422-433.

Nam, B. H., Marshall, R. C., Love, A., Graham, J., & Lim, S. (2018). Fostering Global Sport Leadership: A Partnership between a Korean Sport Organization and a US University. Journal of Global Sport Management, 1-27.

Trendafilova, S. A., Graham, J. A., & Bemiller, J. (2017). Sustainability and the Olympics: The case of the 2016 Rio Summer Games. The Journal of Sustainability Education, 16(1).

Graham, J. A., Hardin, R. L., & Bemiller, J. (2017). Measuring economic impact at a professional golf tournament. Case Studies in Sport Management, 6(1), 58-60.

Dixon, M. A, Graham, J. A., Hartzell, A., & Forrest, K. (2017). Enhancing women’s participation and advancement in competitive cycling. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 9(4).

Graham, J. A., & Dixon, M. A. (2017). Work-family balance among coach-fathers: A qualitative examination of enrichment, conflict, and role management strategies. Journal of Sport Management, 31(3), 288-305.

Dabbs, S. M., Graham, J. A., & Dixon, M. A. (2016). A socio-cultural perspective of the work-life interface of college coaches: A cohort analysis. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 9(1), 262-282.

Graham, J. A., & Trendafilova, S. A. (2016). Implementing self-directed teams at Western Field University: A human resource and leadership case study. Case Studies in Sport Management, 5(1), 64-72.

Graham, J.A., Dixon, M.A., & Hazen-Swan, N. (2016). Coaching dads: Understanding managerial implications of fathering through sport. Journal of Sport Management, 30(1), 40-51.

Graham, J.A., & Dixon, M.A. (2014). Coaching fathers in conflict: A review of the tensions surrounding the work-family interface. Journal of Sport Management, 28, 447-456.

Dixon, M.A., & Graham, J.A. (2013). San Marcos municipal events center: A capital budgeting case. Case Studies in Sport Management, 2(1), 57-59.