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Eric Legg

Associate Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Assistant Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Assoc Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Biography: 

Eric Legg is an associate professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. His research uses a socio-ecological approach to explore the question of how we construct community sport experiences to maximum positive development outcomes, with a specific focus on positive youth development. Recognizing that youth sports exist within an ecological framework that includes coaches, parents, participants, volunteers, and management structures, Legg approaches this question through a variety of lenses including social-psychology, and management theories. Further, Legg is a strong advocate for community applied research and seeks to work directly with parks and recreation and community sports providers to create sports experiences that maximize positive outcomes. His research has included both quantitative and qualitative approaches to topics such as sense of community, coaching behaviors and education, transformational leadership, grit, empathy, growth mindset, and collaboration between non-profit and government agencies in the delivery of youth sport programs.

Legg’s teaching and research is informed by his previous work experience in municipal parks and recreation, as well as his volunteer experience with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the founding of his own non-profit organization (Tennis on the Hill). He is also currently the national chair of the Training Advisory Group for the USTA. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. University of Utah
  • M.S.S. United States Sports Academy
  • M.A. Wake Forest University
  • B.A. College of William & Mary
Research Interests: 

Sense of community in recreational sports settings; positive youth development in youth sports; coaching education; transformational leadership

Publications: 

Shultz, C., Kumm, B., Legg, E. But words can and do hurt: A rejoinder to “Sticks and stones” (2021, Online first). SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education. Available online at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1937156X.2021.1986432?journa...

McWilliams, C., & Legg, E.. Increasing student access: Pivots and lessons learned during COVID-19 (2021, Online first). SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education. Available online at  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1937156X.2021.1986440 https://doi.org/10.1080/1937156X.2021.1986440

Legg, E., & Rose, J. Write it out: Examining recreational youth sport parent emotions through an expressive writing exercise. (2021, online first) Journal of Park & Recreation Administration Available online at https://js.sagamorepub.com/jpra/article/view/10669

 Legg, E., & Karner, E*. (2021) Development of a model of diversity, equity and inclusion for sport volunteers: An examination of the experiences of diverse volunteers for a national sport governing body. Sport, Education, and Society 26 (9), 966-981: DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2021.1907325

Ross, A., Legg, E., & Wilson, K.*** (2021) The influence of peer and coach relationships in after-school sports on indicators of school climate. Health Education Journal 80(4) 487-497. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896920988750

Legg, E. (2021). The purpose of sport: Perspectives of players, coaches, parents, and administrators. Managing Sport& Leisure 26 (1-2), 80-92. https:// doi: 10.1080/23750472.2020.1792800

Findlay-Peterson, M.*, Legg, E., & Ashcraft, R. (2021) Assessing undergraduate nonprofit management curriculum: A mixed methods case study of a strategically selected university program. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership 11(3), 94-117. https://doi.org/10.18666/JNEL-2020-10085

Legg, E., & McWilliams, C. (2021) Exploring the lived experience of the contemporary college student through photo elicitation. SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education 21 (1-2), 59-74. https://doi.org/10.1080/1937156X.2020.1760750

Schultz, C., Kumm, B., Legg, E., & Rose, J. (In press, Accepted July 23, 2020). Emotional pedagogies: Strategies for engaging social justice in the classroom. SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education. Advance online publication https://doi.org/10.1080/1937156X.2020.1777227

Newland, A., Newton, M., Moore, W., & Legg, E. (2020) Do goal orientations and coaching efficacy predict the likelihood of coaches’ transformational leadership? Journal of Sport Behavior 43 (4), 442-462.

Fader, N**., Legg, E., & Ross, A. (2020) Finding a sense of community in youth soccer: A composite vignette of the refugee experience. Journal of Park & Recreation Administration 38 (2), 97-116. https://doi.org/10.18666/JPRA-2020-9981

 Newland, A., Gitelson, R., & Legg, E. (2020). Examining the relationship between mental skills and grit in Senior Olympic athletes. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 28(4), 658-667. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0304

Shultz, C.S., & Legg, E. (2020) A/r/tography: At the intersection of art, leisure, and science. Leisure Sciences, 42(2), 243-252.

Fader, N.**, Legg, E., & Ross, A. (2019). The relation of sense of community in sport on resilience and cultural adjustment for youth refugees. World Leisure Journal 61 (4), 291-302

White, M.*, Legg, E., Foroughi, B., & Rose, J. (2019). Constructing past, present, and future communities: Exploring the experiences of community among last-dollar scholarship students. Journal of Community Psychology. 47 (4), 805-818. doi:10.1002/jcop.22154

Newland, A., Newton, M., Moore, W., & Legg, E. (2019) Transformational leadership and youth development in basketball. International Sport Coaching Journal, 6, 1, 30-42. doi:10.1123/iscj.2018-0002

Legg, E., Jones, G., & White, M.* (2019) Whose job is it anyway? Public-private partnerships in youth sport. Managing Sport and Leisure, 23 (4-6), 261-276. doi: 10.1080/23750472.2018.1530070

 Legg, E., Newland, A., & Bigelow, R. (2018) Somebody’s eyes are watching: The impact of coaching observations on empowering climates and youth development. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 36 (14), 90-106. doi.org/10.18666/JPRA-2018-V36-I4-8885

Tran, A.T., Lam, C., & Legg, E. (2018) Financial stress, social supports, gender, and anxiety during college: A stress-buffering perspective. The Counseling Psychologist, 46 (7), 846-869.  doi: 10.1177/0011000018806687

Legg, E., Rose, J., Tanner, P.J., & Newland, A. (2018). Exploring sense of community in a relocated sport fan group. Sport in Society, 21 (9) 1319-1336. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2017.1388785

Legg, E., Wells, M., Newland, A., & Tanner, P. (2017). Exploring sense of community in adult recreational tennis. World Leisure Journal, 59(1), 39-53.

Legg, E., Wells, M. S., & Barile, J. P. (2015). Factors related to sense of community in youth sport parents. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 33(2), 73-86.

 Schwab, K. A., Legg, E., Tanner, P., Timmerman, D., Dustin, D., & Arthur-Banning, S. G. (2015). Career paths in sport management. SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies & Recreation Education, 30(2), 1-11.

Newland, A., Newton, M., Podlog, L., Legg, W. E., & Tanner, P. (2015) Exploring the nature of transformational leadership in sports: A phenomological examination with female athletes. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, 7 (5), 663-687.

 Schwab, K., Dustin, D., Legg, E., Wells, M.S., Timmerman, D., & Arthur-Banning, S. (2013). Choosing sport management as a college major. SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 28(2), 16-27.

 

Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CRD 394Special Topics
PRM 484Internship
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CRD 402Assess&Eval Community Services
TDM 402Assess&Eval Community Services
CRD 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PRM 203Program Planning
CSM 203Program Planning
PRM 335Sports & Recreation for Youth
CSM 335Sports & Recreation for Youth
CRD 599Thesis
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CRD 592Research
CRD 792Research
Editorships: 

Associate Editor, Leisure Sciences, June 2016-Present

Associate Editor, Journal of Park & Recreation Administration (2017-Present)

 

Service: 
  • United States Tennis Association, National Nominating Committee (2019-Present)
  • Tennis on the Hill, President/Founder (2010 - 2019)
  • United States Tennis Association, National Committee Chair - Training Advisory Group (2017-2018)
  • United States Tennis Association, National Committee Chair - Learning & Leadership Development (2015 - 2016)
  • United States Tennis Association - Intermountain Section, Committee Chair - Diversity & Inclusion (2015 - 2016)
  • United States Tennis Association - Intermountain Section, Committee Vice Chair - Awards (2015 - 2016)