Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 marked the start of year two for the WSF’s Sports Advocacy Network. The WSF created SAN in 2016 to build on our research, Beyond X’s & O’S: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women’s College Sports, the most comprehensive evidence-based research report on the reality of the male and female coach experience as coaches of women’s teams.
Ever since Carolyn Peck gave Dawn Staley a segment of her 1999 Championship net a few years ago, Staley has been carrying the net in her wallet as a reminder. “I’ve had it in my wallet for years,” recalled Staley. “[Carolyn] said, ‘When you win your national championship, just return it.” And, return it she will.
WSF recently attended the 2017 NCAA Inclusion Forum where the purpose is to bring together higher education and intercollegiate athletics leaders and student-athletes who are passionate about improving the educational and professional environment for student-athletes, coaches and staff. This year the WSF was honored to take part in a session entitled “Equity on the Sidelines: Examining the X’s and O’s of Developing, Supporting and Advancing Women Coaches in Intercollegiate Athletics” with WSF’s Senior Manager of Advocacy and Programs, Sarah Axelson, taking the stage.
In March, WSF will travel to the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® and host a special panel discussion at the WBCA Convention, the preeminent gathering of coaches, administrators and leaders in the women’s basketball community. Join us…
On October 18, 2016, the WSF’s Sports Advocacy Network met for the first time. A collection of university administrators, athletic conference leaders, legal experts and collegiate coaches gathered together to craft an action plan to reverse the decline of female coaches and to work towards the pursuit of gender equity in sports.
Did you know that despite the expansion of opportunities for women since Title IX’s passage, the number of women coaching women’s teams at the collegiate level has declined significantly since? In 1972, more than 90% of the coaches of women’s teams were female. Today, that figure has fallen to only 43%.
“The players were saying to one another, ‘I see you,’ and I know you like family. This notion of ‘family’ is common in men and women’s rugby.” Part two of a series on ‘Connected Coaching’ from Kerrissa Heffernan Ed.D, Assistant Rugby Coach at Brown and Co-Director of Engaged Sport Strategies.
“When the players I coach say, ‘I see you,’ the response from the player on the field is likely to be ‘I got you’, (not I got this, but I got you).” Part one of a series on ‘Connected Coaching’ from Kerrissa Heffernan Ed.D, Assistant Rugby Coach at Brown and Co-Director of Engaged Sport Strategies.
Announced last week during Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix, Lisa Leslie and five others will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 13, 2015. Joining Leslie as 2015 inductees are former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain, former University of Georgia standout Janet Harris, former Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, former Duke and University of Texas coach Gail Goestenkors, and former Oregon City High School coach Brad Smith.
A 2013 basketball season preview article in Tuesday’s Washington Post examined the issue of abuse in college sports, with our Senior Director of Advocacy, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, offering expert perspective on an emerging trend in college sports: holding abusive coaches accountable for their actions.