Women in Coaching


Madeleine Albright famously said that “there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women”.  I am left to assume there is a less sarcastically special place in heaven for women who do help other women.

There aren’t a lot of women in college coaching.  Even less in college administration.  Even less when you move up the levels to Division I.  You can read more about that here.  This situation sounds like an invitation for us to help each other where we can.

So what’s a lady to do?

If you’re working with athletes who have a desire for careers in athletics, mentor them. Encourage them.  If possible, connect them with folks who can help them achieve their dreams.

If you supervise a coach who’s worried about being able to balance family and career, figure out ways to manipulate her work schedule so that she can be effective at home and at work.  Coaching requires a lot of hours…but many of those hours are self-managed.

If you’re an administrator, can you make your office child-friendly?  I don’t think our athletic offices should be confused with daycare centers, but creating an environment that helps coaches when they’re in a bind could help more women stay in the game.

Let’s support each other so that coaching remains a viable career and let’s be accessible to help raise up the next generation of coaches and administrators!


I’m embarking on a series where we reaffirm why we do what we do.  Please join me.