Journal of Undergraduate Research


mid-season coaching changes, NBA, replacing coaches


Family, Home, and Social Sciences




“When the going gets tough, we fire the coach”, this quote from former coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff van Gundy represents part of the current trend in sports. Management fires the coach in the hope that the new one can lead the team to glory. Replacing coach’s midseason does not happen often, but when it does, it is the best choice for the team? We are attempting to see if there is a legitimate reason for firing a coach midseason. Considering the fact that changing coach’s mid-season requires the team to pay for both the old and new coaches’ salaries, the expected benefit from switching coaches would have to be larger than the new coach’s salary for the decision to be economically efficient.

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