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Eric Legg

Assistant Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Assistant Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Asst Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Biography

Eric Legg is an assistant 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.S., & Legg, E. (in press) A/r/tography: At the intersection of art, leisure, and science. Leisure Sciences. Advance online publication: doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2018.1553123

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).

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
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PRM 303Program Planning
CSM 303Program Planning
PRM 335Sports & Recreation for Youth
CSM 335Sports & Recreation for Youth
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PRM 303Program Planning
CSM 303Program Planning
CSM 335Sports & Recreation for Youth
PRM 335Sports & Recreation for Youth
NLM 498Pro-Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PRM 303Program Planning
CSM 303Program Planning
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)