Brandon Martin, C. Keith Harrison, and Scott Bukstein
“It takes a village” for African American male scholarathletes: Mentorship by parents, faculty and coaches in American higher education Abstract The purpose of this study was to explore the influences of mentors on African American male scholar‐ athlete success. Participants (N=27) consisted of high achieving African American male student‐athletes from four academically rigorous American universities. Participants competed primarily in revenue‐generating sports (i.e., men’s basketball and football) and were interviewed to obtain a deeper understanding of the role various mentors play in relation to their academic success. By utilizing a phenomenological approach, three major themes emerged: My Parents Always Had High Expectations, I Have Healthy Relationships With My Professors, and No Support From Coaches. Mentorship theories and relevant literature are examined through the African American family influences on sport mobility (Oliver, 1980; Harris, 1994), faculty interaction with African American male student‐athletes (Harrison, Comeaux & Plecha, 2006; Comeaux, & Harrison, 2007) and coaching role strain (Edwards, 1973; Coakley, 1994) and interpreted with the findings. Recommendations for faculty, student affairs professionals, athletic administrators and other stakeholders are suggested.