News Releases

August 15, 2022 – WeCOACH Launches NCAA Divisions II and III Women Coaches Development Program 
June 23, 2022 – WeCOACH Launches Title IX 50th Anniversary “Move the Numbers” Campaign
May 19, 2022 – WeCOACH To Host NCAA Women Coaches Academy Programs
May 16, 2022 – Winning Ways of Women Coaches Book Now Available
April 18, 2022 – WeCOACH Announces New Partnership with Eastbay Team
March 23, 2022 – WeCOACH Renews Partnership with the United States Marine Corps
February 17, 2022 – WeCOACH Selects Veteran Leader Vanessa Fuchs as New CEO
January 18, 2022 – WeCOACH Announces New Board Member; Gould Becomes Board President
September 13, 2021 – Industry Leaders to Present at the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport
July 29, 2021 – WeCOACH Expands Partnership with Jostens
July 21, 2021 – WeCOACH Announces Brianna Barry Memorial Scholarship
July 14, 2021 – WeCOACH Announces Conference-Wide Membership with Pac-12
June 22, 2021 – WeCOACH Renews Partnership with NSF Certified for Sport®
March 25, 2021 – WeCOACH Announces Extended Partnership with the USMC
February 4, 2021 – WeCOACH Announces Changes to Board of Directors & Staff
September 22, 2020 – WeCOACH Becomes Official Partner of Return On Inclusion
September 10, 2020 – WeCOACH Announces Partnership with Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
June 10, 2020WeCOACH Announces Partnership with the United States Marine Corps
January 28, 2020 – WeCOACH Announces Megan Kahn Promoted to CEO
January 7, 2020WeCOACH Announces Northeast-10 Conference as League-Wide Member
January 3, 2020 – WeCOACH Announces Three New Board Members; Green Becomes Board President
December 5, 2019WeCOACH And Ivy League Announce Conference Membership
November 25, 2019University of Denver Online Graduate Degrees and Certificates in Sport Announced as New Sponsor of WeCOACH
November 8, 2019WeCOACH Announces Sunshine State Conference as First NCAA DII League-Wide Member
November 4, 2019WeCOACH Announces Big 12 Conference as First Autonomy Conference Member
October 29, 2019 – WeCOACH Announces Partnership with InXAthlete
October 8, 2019 – WeCOACH Announces Partnership with Groople
Sept 26, 2019 – Hudl and WeCOACH Partner to Present First-Ever BreakThrough Summit To Develop, Inspire and Celebrate Women in Sports
August 20, 2019 – WeCOACH Announces 2019-2020 Coaches Council
July 24, 2019WeCOACH Announces League-Wide Membership with the Horizon League
June 28, 2019 – WeCOACH Completes 48th NCAA Women Coaches Academy and 4th Academy 2.0
June 10, 2019 – WeCOACH Hosts NCAA Women Coaches Academy and Academy 2.0 Programs
May 28, 2019 – Jan Whitbeck Named WeCOACH Director of Events
May 13, 2019 – WeCOACH Announces Collaboration with NSF International
February 11, 2019 – WeCOACH Announces Memorial Scholarship
January 10, 2019 – WeCOACH Announces Restructure of NCAA Partnership
January 2, 2019 – WeCOACH Announces New Coaches to Board of Directors
December 4, 2018 – WeCOACH Hosts Academy 2.0 & NCAA Women Coaches Academy Sessions
September 12, 2018 – WeCOACH Announces 2018-19 Coaches Council
August 21, 2018 – Alliance of Women Coaches Officially Becomes WeCOACH
August 1, 2018 – Next Wave Coach Academy Pilot Program Begins
July 18, 2018 Academy 2.0 Inaugural Class Graduates Making Waves
July 9, 2018 – Alliance of Women Concludes First-Ever Mentor Program
July 3, 2018 – Alliance of Women Coaches Hires Marci Kornegay as Director of Membership
June 21, 2018 – Alliance of Women Coaches Hosts 45th NCAA Women Coaches Academy
June 7, 2018 – Alliance of Women Coaches Completes 44th NCAA Women Coaches Academy
April 25, 2018 – Alliance of Women Coaches Announces New Member to Board of Directors
February 28, 2018 – Alliance of Women Coaches, Tampa Bay Sports Commission, and Sunshine State Conference partner to offer one-day workshop
February 8, 2018 – Alliance of Women Coaches in Partnership with the Tucker Center Releases Annual Report Card on Women in College Coaching
January 22, 2018 – WBCA, Alliance of Women Coaches announce 2018 ‘So You Want To Be A Coach’ participants

Old News Releases

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WeCOACH Launches NCAA Divisions II and III Women Coaches Development Program

August 15, 2022

WeCOACH is proud to announce an all-new NCAA Divisions II and III Women Coaches Development Program. This year-round professional growth and leadership development program is designed specifically for Division II and Division III women coaches in all sports and will feature nationally renowned experts addressing timely topics impacting the coaching profession. We will also partner to actively identify and build the pipeline of women on Division II and III campuses who aspire to enter the coaching profession by hosting “Catch a Vision” sessions that will provide best practices for securing coaching opportunities, networking, and career-strategy. Eighteen (18) conferences have already committed to participate in the 2022-23 inaugural program.

As a one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization with a mission to recruit, advance and retain women coaches in all sports and levels, the Development Program offers strategies to help navigate the challenges and obstacles women coaches face to stay in, feel supported, and advance in the coaching profession. Throughout the 2022-23 academic year, the inaugural program participants will be offered three virtual sessions led by nationally renowned experts (fall, winter & spring), as well as have access to participate in the WeCOACH Mentor Program, WeAMPLIFY for women coaches of color, live video chats and more.

WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs states, “As our nation celebrates Title IX at 50, the data demonstrates greater investment in women coaches is necessary to support their advancement and retention in the coaching profession. We are excited to offer this year-round Development Program for women coaches in Divisions II and III. One of our organization’s goals is to make our transformational programming accessible and affordable for women coaches working in every level of sport. This new Development Program does just that for Division II and III coaches.”

Championing this initiative is Sunshine State Conference Commissioner and WeCOACH Board member, Ed Pasque, and Jay Jones, Commissioner of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Both played invaluable leadership roles and committed significant time to provide guidance and insights to help establish the new initiative for Divisions II and III. And they were amongst the first to commit to having their league’s women coaches participate.

“This Development Program has a chance to be impactful and inspirational for women coaches in NCAA Division II and III. I applaud WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs for launching this initiative, and for her commitment to serving women coaches at all levels of intercollegiate athletics. The future is bright for WeCOACH.” says Sunshine State Conference Commissioner Ed Pasque.

Jay Jones, Commissioner of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference states, “I am really excited for this partnership, especially in light of recently celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the importance of what that legislation has meant for women in education. Being able to partner on a sports based educational initiative seemed idealic in that way, but more importantly this relationship helps us work towards our strategic vision of better serving underrepresented individuals across our conference and helping those individuals grow as professionals.”

WeCOACH has also been propelled by long-standing support through Division II and Division III conference-wide memberships that have included: the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference, Northeast-10 Conference, Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), and Sunshine State Conference.

“WeCOACH is grateful to Commissioners Pasque and Jones, as well as the D-II and D-III conference-wide members who have supported our organization for many years. We salute the leadership in the 18 conferences that have committed to participate in the first year of the Development Program and certainly anticipate additional conferences committing in the coming months as we continue the rollout,” Fuchs added.

The following 18 conferences have already committed to participate in the inaugural 2022-23 Development Program:

NCAA Division II Conferences:

NCAA Division III Conferences:

This list continues to grow at a rapid rate as the start of the new 2022-23 academic year approaches and WeCOACH continues the program’s rollout. In addition to the 18 conferences, all Division II and Division III WeCOACH individual members as well as institutional group members are eligible to participate.

To learn more and sign up, visit: wecoachsports.org/development-program/ or contact: admin@wecoachsports.org.

What Conferences are Saying About the Development Program:

“The CCAA is thrilled to be part of this new WeCOACH development program to help our women coaches and other female staff members pursue and achieve their professional goals. This new expanded program will be an excellent addition to the already established WeCOACH Academy that CCAA coaches have previously attended and raved about.”
Mitch Cox, Commissioner of California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)

“The partnership with WeCOACH aligns with our strategic efforts to provide leadership opportunities for our coaches and administrators. Anytime we can position the CIAA to be in a space of advocacy and change, provide opportunities for growth and gain from an organization like WeCOACH, it is a win for our conference. The statistics reveal the direct need to identify more female coaches at all levels and the CIAA is always on board to help move the needle in shaping and preparing the women of our conference to take the helm when the opportunity avails.”
Jacqie McWilliams, Commissioner of Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)

“The Commonwealth Coast Conference and our member institutions are delighted to enter into a formal partnership with WeCOACH. Through the NCAA Division III Women Coaches Development Program, the many outstanding CCC female coaches and staff members will have formal access to one of the premier professional growth and leadership programs and networks in college athletics. Some 50 years after Title IX was passed into law, the needle still needs to move. As members of the WeCOACH community, the CCC and our female leaders will continue to affect positive change in recruitment, advancement and retention of women coaches in all sports at all levels.”
Gregg Kaye, Commissioner of Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

“Each member institution in Conference Carolinas sets out daily to develop champions in body, mind, and soul. The WeCOACH NCAA Division II Women Coaches Development Program will be a valuable tool in this effort for Conference Carolinas in the 2022-23 academic year. Our goal each year is to provide professional development opportunities for all of our student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. The WeCOACH program, in particular, will be a great tool in allowing us to accomplish this goal and align with our core priorities as a conference.”
– Chris Colvin, Commissioner of Conference Carolinas

“The East Coast Conference is proud to be among the Division II and III conferences taking part in the inaugural WeCOACH Development Program. The opportunity to help our institutions and coaches as they work to grow and advance in their profession is really important and we thank WeCOACH for including us in this effort.”
Dr. Robert Dranoff, Commissioner of East Coast Conference (ECC)

“The GLVC is pleased to partner with WeCOACH to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX by offering the female coaches in our league with this extraordinary professional development opportunity throughout the course of the 2022-23 academic year. WeCOACH and the GLVC are both strong advocates for Leadership, Community & Inclusion, and Empowerment.”
Jim Naumovich, Commissioner of Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC)

“We are excited to partner with WeCOACH to offer professional growth and leadership development opportunities to the women coaches and administrators in our league. It is important that we not only speak about supporting women in athletics but take a targeted and intentional approach to develop an environment where they are provided resources to help them navigate challenges, find balance, and set boundaries for a better work-life, while also encouraging them to realize and step into their professional potential.”
Chassidy Holloway, Associate Executive Director of The Midwest Conference

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, I couldn’t be more pleased to partner with WeCOACH to provide the opportunity for connection, support and development to our current and aspiring female coaches.”
Keri Alexander Luchowski, Executive Director of North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)

“We’re excited to be joining the new WeCOACH Division III Women’s Coaches Development Program this year. The variety of professional development, networking, and mentorship opportunities the program has on tap are great resources for our membership. We cannot wait to hear about their experience at the conclusion of the year!”
Brad Bankston, Commissioner of Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC)

“We’re very excited to be joining WeCOACH in offering the Division II Women Coaches Development program. I think this is going to be a really beneficial program for our women coaches, especially during the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. I can’t wait to see how the WeCOACH program supports our women coaches in the PacWest and the long-lasting benefits the program has for our student-athletes.”
 Bob Hogue, Commissioner of The PacWest Conference

“The RMAC is honored to join the WeCOACH NCAA Division II Women Coaches Development Program for the coming year. As we celebrate the 50th year of Title IX and continue to champion women in coaching, this is a small part we can play in moving the numbers to support and increase women in coaching.”
Lexie Vernon, Assistant Commissioner of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC)

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WeCOACH Launches Title IX 50th Anniversary “MOVE the NUMBERS” Campaign

June 23, 2022

Thirty-seven words that changed everything. Fifty years ago, countless lives were transformed when Title IX was passed on June 23 as part of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 – a law that removed barriers and exponentially opened up access to education programs and activities for all, while also advancing millions of girls and women in sport. Fifty years later on June 23, 2022, WeCOACH launches a year-long celebratory campaign entitled “MOVE the NUMBERS,” along with a new commemorative logo and dedicated 50th Anniversary landing page.

The MOVE the NUMBERS campaign is designed to achieve three goals:

  1. Raise the critical funding necessary to support our WeCOACH mission to considerably increase the number of women coaches in all sports and levels
  2. Increase the number of year-round growth and leadership development programs
  3. Offer enhanced member benefits to impact and elevate a greater number of women coaches in our WeCOACH Community

Prior to Title IX in 1972, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, 50 years later, data in the 2021-22 Women in College Coaching Report Card, a 10-year collaboration between The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and WeCOACH, indicates at the NCAA Division I level, that number has decreased to a stagnant 43%, with only 7.3% women coaches of color. According to the NCAA, for all three divisions, 41% of women coach women’s teams, and 5% coach men’s teams. At the youth level, data is hard to estimate, but approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women.

WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit dedicated to recruiting more women into the coaching pipeline, advancing their careers and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round growth & leadership development programs. Our events focus on offering strategies to address the challenges and obstacles women face to stay in, feel supported, and advance in their coaching career. Funds raised during the MOVE the NUMBERS campaign will be applied towards securing nationally renowned speakers, removing financial barriers to allow more women coaches cost-free access to our transformational events and expanding upon the programs we offer to impact a greater number of members in our WeCOACH community.

Throughout Title IX’s golden anniversary year and beyond, WeCOACH will host events for members to learn about our history, celebrate the present and MOVE the NUMBERS to impact history for the next 50 years.

How you can help us MOVE the NUMBERS: (visit our website for detailed information):

  • Fund Women Coaches Academy Scholarships for collegiate and high school coaches. Donors have the option to fund Academy Scholarships to send a current woman coach to our Academy cost-free in the name and honor of a woman coach who has impacted his or her life (e.g., Muffet McGraw Academy Scholarship).
  • Donate to our $50/Fifty or $50K for the 50th fundraising initiatives. All WeCOACH Community members and supporters (coaches, administrators, male allies, partners, etc.) are encouraged to make a tax-deductible gift during this 50th celebratory year.
  • Become a member of WeCOACH or gift membership(s) to women coaches. Youth/club/high school memberships are only $59/year and college/professional memberships are $99/year. Ally memberships are $79 (retired coach, administrator, male ally, etc). Discounts are available for group memberships. Schools and universities are encouraged to invest in your women coaches with annual WeCOACH memberships as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX.
  • Purchase Winning Ways of Women Coaches for 20% off. Edited by former WeCOACH Board President and volleyball coaching legend, Dr. Cecile Reynaud, this book features chapter contributions from 20 of the most exceptional women coaches in the world. Author and contributor proceeds from the book go directly to WeCOACH to further our mission. WeCOACH is offering an exclusive 20% off promo code —visit our website for more information.
  • Order today: The Future is Female Coaches (FIFC) shirt. Thanks to our partner Bakline for designing our commemorative logo and new line of shirts, The 50th Anniversary Commemorative Collection. Select from two shirt designs (37 Words or FIFC) that are available in multiple colors. Bakline donates a portion of each sale to advance our WeCOACH mission
  • Partner Opportunities. In August, WeCOACH will announce an enhanced member benefits program featuring WeCOACH Partners who have teamed up with us to impact and elevate our community of women coaches. Enhanced member benefits will include access to national experts, consultants, speakers, resources, toolkits, services & products. For more information email info@wecoachsports.org.

Upcoming WeCOACH 50th Anniversary Events – Engage & Get Involved:

  • June 30th video chat: “Before & After Title IX: A Woman’s Life In Sports”. Registration is FREE and open for our first of many 50th Anniversary celebratory programs and events planned for this year.
  • Winning Ways of Women Coaches Book Club: Coming in August! WeCOACH members will have an opportunity to hear from and engage with the women coaches who contributed chapters. Registration for the Book Club will start in August and will be open to the first 100 members who sign up—buy your copy today (20% off)!

Visit our website throughout this celebratory year as we will announce additional events and resources. Together we will MOVE the NUMBERS to support and increase women in coaching!

For any inquiries about the MOVE the NUMBERS campaign, email info@wecoachsports.org.

 

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WeCOACH To Host NCAA Women Coaches Academy Programs

May 19, 2022

WeCOACH will host the 51st class of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) and the 5th class of the NCAA Academy 2.0, May 23-26, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. These Academies are made possible through a longstanding partnership with the NCAA.

Forty-five women coaches of all experience levels and sports from NCAA Divisions I, II and III have been selected to participate in the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, while 17 have been selected to partake in the master-learning NCAA Academy 2.0 program.

“The NCAA is proud to once again partner with WeCOACH to host the 2022 NCAA Women Coaches Academy and NCAA Academy 2.0. The NCAA Leadership Development Office serves to educate and empower student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators through transformative experiences that develop strong, effective leaders, cultivate an inclusive community and enhance the college sports landscape”, said DeeDee Merritt, NCAA Director of Leadership Development. “These Academies for women coaches align with our mission and have had tremendous results in supporting, advancing and retaining women coaches in collegiate athletics.”

The NCAA WCA is designed for women coaches who are ready to elevate their holistic coaching effectiveness by learning advanced leadership skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. Participants will focus on non-sport-specific concepts in an environment that fosters inclusion across the sports community. The NCAA Academy 2.0, exclusively created for WCA graduates, is a master-learning opportunity – in a small class setting – that progresses on the leadership skills, strategies, and knowledge gained from their WCA experience.

“We are thrilled to return to in-person Academies this year and welcome our NCAA Women Coaches Academy Class #51 and NCAA Academy 2.0 Class #5 to Denver! The programs are our signature growth and leadership development events and the data demonstrates the significant impact”, said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO. “Women coaches who graduate from our Academies remain in the coaching profession at a higher rate. And as we approach Title IX’s 50th anniversary, there’s no better time than now to move the numbers in terms of increasing women in coaching and these Academies are one of the many ways WeCOACH is able to achieve that.”

May 24-26 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Class #51 participants
Taylor Anderson, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Dawn Barnes, South Carolina State University, Head Coach, Volleyball
Kristen Bourne, The College of Saint Scholastica, Assistant Coach, Skiing
Noelle Brouillard, Whitworth University, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Sarah Brown, Penn State University, Head Coach, Gymnastics
Jackie Bruno, Cal Poly Pomona, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Kelsey Christensen, Providence College, Assistant Coach, Softball
Pietie Coetzee-Turner, University of Massachusetts, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey
Jill Conroy, Stevens Institute of Technology, Associate Head Coach, Basketball
Chrissi Ekhomu, North Central College, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Lucienne Ford, Brandeis University, Assistant Coach, Cross Country/Track & Field
Whitney Frary, St. Olaf College, Head Coach, Soccer
Emma Gerhold, Loyola University (MD), Assistant Coach, Cross Country/Track & Field
Jacquelyn Gnassi, Stevens Institute of Technology, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Nicole Graham, Clark Atlanta University, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Jackie Guillemette, Bentley University, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey
Maya Hayes, University of Minnesota, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Zoe Hererra, Cal Poly Pomona, Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Erin Hughes, Washington and Lee University, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Dr. Ashely Johnson, Clark Atlanta University, Head Coach, Volleyball
Ka’lia Johnson, University of Richmond, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Mary Johnston, Macalester College, Head Coach, Volleyball
Lela Knight, Randolph College, Graduate Assistant Coach, Cross Country/Track & Field and Lacrosse
Olivia Leavitt, Colgate University, Assistant Coach, Tennis
Beth Lebel, University of New Mexico, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Mallikah Little, Ole Miss, Assistant Athletic Director for Player Personnel, Football
Maria Lopez, Boise State University, Associate Head Coach, Tennis
Lindsay Mapes, Oberlin College, Assistant Coach, Softball
Molly Marrin, Regis University, Head Coach, Basketball
Courtney Materazzi, Cal State Monterey Bay, Head Coach, Volleyball
Abby McClure, Hartwick College, Director of Operations, Lacrosse
Kaitlin Nielsen, University of Kansas, Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Camise Patterson, Florida A&M University, Assistant Coach, Softball
Stephanie Perez, San Francisco State, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Cassi Pickett, Lynn University, Head Coach, Softball
Emily Powers, Belmont Abbey College, Head Coach, Acrobatics & Tumbling
Margot Royer-Johnson, Providence College, Head Coach, Volleyball
Emily Scheese, CSU Maritime Academy, Head Coach, Soccer
Leslie Smith, Providence College, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey
Donika Sutton, Tennessee State University, Head Coach, Volleyball
Tara Turner, Clark Atlanta University, Head Coach, Tennis
TaCho Tyler, Prairie View A&M University, Head Coach, Volleyball
Jess Weiss, Randolph-Macon College, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Kayla Wilhelm, Randolph College, Assistant Coach, Cross Country/Track & Field
Kaye Zoolakis, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, Assistant Coach, Swimming & Diving

May 23-25 NCAA Academy 2.0 Class #5 participants
Sofie Aagaard, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Head Coach, Golf
Tracie Adix-Zins, DePaul University, Head Coach, Softball
Beverly Biancur, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Head Coach, Soccer
Jeannette Boudway, Smith College, Head Coach, Soccer
Amanda Caldwell, Georgia Southern University, Head Coach, Swimming & Diving
Carly Dockendorf, University of Utah, Assistant Coach, Gymnastics
Kristy Duncan, Loras College, Head Coach, Volleyball
Kelly Gallagher, University of Tampa, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Kimberly Lambert, Cal State East Bay, Head Coach, Volleyball
Mesha Levister, North Carolina Central University, Assistant Coach, Golf
Valerie Lohr, Saint Mary’s Hall Upper School, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Kimberly McGowan, Austin Peay State University, Head Coach, Soccer
Katherine Menendez, Colorado College, Head Coach Basketball
Lacey Phillips, Allegheny College, Head Coach, Soccer
Samantha Schall, Grand Valley State University, Head Coach, Tennis
Rosanna Sguerra, Kenyon College, Head Coach, Volleyball
Maria Stuber, The College of Saint Scholastica, Head Coach, Skiing

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Winning Ways of Women Coaches Book Now Available

May 16, 2022

Top women coaches share keys to coaching success
New book offers inspiration for women to enter the coaching ranks

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.—This June marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that gave women equal opportunity to play and opened the door for women’s sports to take root and grow in America.

Coinciding with this historic celebration is the release of Winning Ways of Women Coaches, a new book from Human Kinetics. In it, a veritable who’s who of women coaches—representing 15 different sports and earning more than 50 national championships and dozens of world and Olympic titles—provide the acumen and inspiration for women to succeed in the coaching profession.

Collegiate softball coaching standouts Lonni Alameda and Kelly Inouye-Perez, basketball coaches Carol Owens and Tara VanDerveer, gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field, swim coach Teri McKeever, Major League Baseball’s first-ever female manager Rachel Balkovec, and Jen Welter, the first female NFL coach, are just some of the 20 esteemed contributors, each examining a different coaching topic from her unique viewpoint.

Readers will glean strategies, insights, and advice to help them address common coaching challenges, build and maintain successful sport programs, foster player engagement and growth, and further their coaching careers. In addition, the contributing authors weave a common thread throughout the chapters by discussing the importance of building team chemistry and fostering team culture.

Edited by collegiate volleyball coaching legend Cecile Reynaud, PhD, and embodying the idea of “If she can see it, she can be it,” Winning Ways of Women Coaches will reinvigorate current women coaches and inspire would-be coaches to make the leap into coaching.

“Each one of the women coaches who took the time to contribute a chapter in this book has been successful in reaching the top of her sport or is a trailblazer in men’s professional sport leagues,” says Reynaud. “Each contributor offers a unique perspective into how she leads her program to achieve at the highest level.

The contributors empower coaches at all levels by sharing their expertise and philosophies for multiple aspects of sport, adds Reynaud. “These are some incredibly smart and talented women. As you read each chapter, you’ll understand why they have all reached the pinnacle of their sport.”

A complete list of coaches who contributed chapters includes the following:

  • Lonni Alameda, softball coach, Florida State University
  • Rachel Balkovec, baseball manager, Tampa Tarpons (MLB; New York Yankees minor league affiliate)
  • Becky Burleigh, retired soccer coach, University of Florida
  • Denise Corlett, retired volleyball coach, Stanford University
  • Melody Davidson, ice hockey coach, Canadian National Women’s Team
  • Kelly Inouye-Perez, softball coach, UCLA
  • Roselee Jencke, retired netball coach, Queensland Firebirds (Australia)
  • Valorie Kondos Field, retired gymnastics coach, UCLA
  • Melissa Luellen, golf coach, Auburn University
  • Teri McKeever, swimming coach, University of California
  • Missy Meharg, field hockey coach, University of Maryland
  • Felecia Mulkey, acro and tumbling coach, Baylor University
  • Carla Nicholls, para track and field coach, Athletics Canada
  • Carol Owens, basketball coach, University of Notre Dame
  • Carolyn Peck, retired basketball coach, Purdue University and Orlando Miracle (WNBA)
  • Ellen Randell, rowing coach, Australian Olympic Team
  • Nancy Stevens, retired field hockey coach, University of Connecticut
  • Tara VanDerveer, basketball coach, Stanford University
  • Amber Warners, volleyball and former softball coach, Calvin University
  • Jen Welter, former football coach, Arizona Cardinals; first female to coach in NFL

The book carries the endorsement of WeCOACH, the premier membership organization dedicated to the recruitment, advancement, and retention of women coaches of all sports and levels. Author and contributor proceeds from the book go directly to WeCOACH to further its important mission.

“Dr. Cecile Reynaud’s release of Winning Ways of Women Coaches could not have come at a better time,” says Vanessa Fuchs, CEO, WeCOACH. “As our country approaches the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the national momentum to support and elevate women in sports is at an all-time high, Fuchs explains. “WeCOACH is honored and grateful for the opportunity to partner with Cecile and Human Kinetics to circulate Winning Ways of Women Coaches far and wide.

“This resource, featuring some of the most exceptional women coaches in the world, will empower both men and women who are involved in coaching our next generation of leaders,” concludes Fuchs. “It is our hope at WeCOACH that this book also inspires the next generation of women coaches to catch inspiration for their own careers—to not only join the impactful profession of coaching but remain in it.”

Winning Ways of Women Coaches is available for purchase now from Human Kinetics US.HumanKinetics.com and will be available through other major retail and online outlets May 26.

WeCOACH Announces New Partnership with Eastbay Team

April 18, 2022

WeCOACH is thrilled to announce a new national partnership with Eastbay Team, the presenting sponsor for the second annual virtual High School Women Coaches Leadership Academy to be held July 26-27, 2022.

“We are grateful to enter this first-year collaboration with Eastbay Team. As we approach the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the momentum nationally to support and elevate women in sports is at an all-time high, and the Eastbay Team ConqHER initiative aligns well with our WeCOACH mission to recruit, advance and retain women coaches in all sports and levels. Together through this partnership, we will empower women coaches and the athletes they serve to continue breaking barriers,” said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO.

The partnership provides a tremendous opportunity for Eastbay Team to engage with our community of women coaches across multiple programming elements while building awareness of their ConqHER initiative. Launched in 2020, the ConqHER campaign continuously highlights women who are breaking barriers in sport every single day demonstrating that sports cannot be defined by gender.

“Eastbay Team is very excited to partner with WeCOACH on their High School Women Coaches Leadership Academy and BreakThrough Summit. We are true supporters of making a difference and WeCOACH is making a difference for women coaches today and tomorrow and we’re proud to be alongside them in doing so,” said Mark Watts, Eastbay Team Vice President.

Registration for the High School Women Coaches Leadership Academy begins today, April 18 and is open to women coaches at the High School and Club levels. For more information click here.

About Eastbay
Eastbay was founded in 1980 when high-school runners, coaches, and lifelong friends Art Juedes and Rick Gering found themselves unsatisfied with the selection of running shoes available for athletes. Their idea of bringing shoes directly to the athletes grew from hosting shoe clinics around Central Wisconsin to joining the Foot Locker, Inc. family in 1997. The partnership provided Eastbay access to a wider range of the market and an even larger selection of gear aligning with their vision of being the go-to resource for pro-grade gear, casual styles, and expert training tips for athletes who care about winning.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women coaches.

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WeCOACH Renews Partnership with the United States Marine Corps

March 23, 2022

WeCOACH is proud to announce an extended national partnership with the United States Marine Corps.

“As we embark on our third year of partnership with the United States Marine Corps, this year is particularly special as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. Our women coaches and the student-athletes they serve demonstrate a fighting spirit much like that of Marines. We salute the Marine Corps for uniting with us to positively impact the career trajectories of women coaches in all sports and levels” said WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs.

The Marine Corps’ national partnerships provide valuable opportunities to spread public awareness of the Marine Corps’ purpose by connecting the brand to those communities it serves. The relationships established between the Corps and athletic communities ensure its message of aspirational service resonates with coaches, athletes, and their influencers.

This significant partnership provides an opportunity for the Marine Corps to engage across a number of platforms and programs with the WeCOACH community. The Marine Corps will leverage mixed media, custom content, virtual presentations, and meet-ups to share their core values.

“The United States Marine Corps is proud to continue our partnership with WeCOACH and its extended network of women coaches nationwide. The relationships forged throughout our engagements with the WeCOACH community are critical and indispensable predicated on development, mentorship, teamwork, and community,” said LtCol Rob Dolan, National Director of Marketing & Communication, Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

About the United States Marine Corps
Our Marine Recruiters serve every corner of the country and our priority during this national health emergency is their safety as well as the safety of their families, and the communities where they live and work. Right now, it’s as important as ever that we band together as a nation, adjusting our approach while remaining focused on our mission.

The United States Marine Corps looks forward to forming enduring relationships with, and lending our support to, those coaches and athletic facilitators who help young Americans win battles every day.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women coaches.

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WeCOACH Selects Veteran Leader Vanessa Fuchs as New CEO

February 17, 2022

WeCOACH Board of Directors President Teresa Gould, Deputy Commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference, has officially announced the selection of Vanessa Fuchs as the Chief Executive Officer for WeCOACH. The selection of Fuchs as the organization’s new leader follows a three-month nationwide search led by the WeCOACH Executive Committee with professional support from The PICTOR Group, an Intercollegiate Athletics Consulting firm. Fuchs will assume the CEO position in March 2022.

Fuchs most recently served as Senior Associate Athletics Director at her alma mater, Florida State University, where she was a four-year letterwinner for the Seminoles’ women’s basketball team.  Her tenure at FSU began in 2010, where she served in a variety of important leadership roles over the past decade. Fuchs was instrumental in providing strategic direction for departmental initiatives focused on student-athlete welfare, enhancing athletic performance, fundraising and revenue generation, gender equity, and diversity and inclusion.  Fuchs was named the 2015 Women Leaders in College Sports Division I Administrator of the Year and an FSU Champion Beyond the Game honoree in 2016.

Prior to arriving at Florida State, Fuchs spent seven years at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, Indiana and worked in the championships department of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Vanessa Fuchs is an extraordinary leader whose deep talents, expertise and experience prepare her well to lead WeCOACH to new heights as our next Chief Executive Officer. She possesses a strong commitment to the mission of WeCOACH and more importantly is positioned to provide visionary leadership for the future of WeCOACH,” said Gould. “I have every confidence, as does the Board of Directors, that Vanessa will build on the solid foundation that has been built and elevate our organization to new and exciting possibilities.”

“On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, there’s no better time than now to lead WeCOACH, the premier membership organization dedicated to recruiting, advancing and retaining women coaches of all sports and levels,” said Fuchs. “I am excited to utilize my professional experiences gained while working at the NCAA, the Atlantic Coast Conference and Florida State University to partner with the WeCOACH Board of Directors as we look to advance our organization into the future. Together with our membership and partners, we will strategically move the needle as it relates to supporting and increasing the number of women in coaching.”

Fuchs succeeds Megan Kahn, who served the organization from 2016 to 2021 and was recently appointed Vice President of Women’s Basketball at the Big Ten Conference located in Chicago, IL.

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WeCOACH Announces New Board Member; Gould Becomes Board President

January 18, 2022

The WeCOACH Board of Directors has announced the addition of a new board member to their leadership group. Tiffany D. Tucker, UNC-Wilmington Deputy Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator officially joined the Board this month and begins a three-year term.

Additionally, Teresa Gould, Pac-12 Conference Deputy Commissioner assumed the role of Board president effective January 1. The move coincides with Samantha Huge, Real Response Executive Director of Collegiate Accounts, beginning her term as president-elect and Elizabeth King transitioning to past president. The leadership positions are one-year progressive terms.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Tiffany Tucker joining the WeCOACH Board. As a former NCAA Division I student-athlete, and a long-standing intercollegiate coach, she understands firsthand the challenges associated with recruiting and retaining women in coaching. She is an inspirational leader whose passion aligns well with the mission of WeCOACH. Tiffany has always been a strong advocate for women in coaching and will be a wonderful role model for the coaches involved in our organization. I look forward to seeing the impact that Tiffany will have on our Board,” said Gould.

Tiffany D. Tucker, recently named to Sports Illustrated’s 100 Influential Black Women in Sport, joined the UNC-Wilmington staff as senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator in January of 2019, and was named deputy athletic director in August 2021. She is responsible for day-to-day operations, serves as a sports administrator, and functions as the athletics department liaison for multiple campus offices. Tucker’s previous administrative stops spanned roles at South Carolina State, Hampton, and Elizabeth City State University.

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 Industry Leaders to Present at the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport

September 13, 2021

Top women industry leaders in sport from WeCOACH, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, Athlete Assessments and Juntendo University have been accepted to present at the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport in Auckland, New Zealand, May 5-8, 2022.

  • Megan Kahn, CEO of WeCOACH (USA)
  • Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport (USA)
  • Liz Masen, CEO of Athlete Assessment (Australia)
  • Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director of the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport and Professor of Sport Management at Juntendo University (Japan)
  • Dr. Natsue Koikawa, Professor and Coach at Juntendo University (Japan)

The IWG World Conference on Women & Sport is the largest gathering in the world to advance gender equity and equality in sport and physical activity. The presentation titled The Value of and “How To” of Women Only Coach Education: Learnings from the USA & Japan, will bring together learnings and findings from years of collaboration between these five industry leaders.

Additionally, in 2014, Ogasawara attended the premier WeCOACH/NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) with the intent to launch the Japanese Women Coach Academy. Now in its 7th year and on the heels of the Tokyo Olympics, the Japanese Women Coach Academy, modeled after the WCA, continues to make significant advances for women coaches in Japan. Both LaVoi and Masen are annual faculty members at the WeCOACH/NCAA and the Japanese Academies.

What these industry leaders are saying:

Megan Kahn
“Our longstanding collaborative efforts are making relevant and lasting impact in the personal and professional lives of women coaches, not only in our respective countries, but across the globe. I look forward to the IWG World Conference and an opportunity to expand and continue progress for women in the coaching profession through real-life data and examples.”

Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi
“The Tucker Center is proud to partner with like-minded entities around the globe who care deeply about developing and supporting women in sport coaching. We know from the data, women-only educational opportunities are transformative, and I look forward to sharing our findings.”

Liz Masen
“Great things happen when passionate and dedicated women come together. This conference is an excellent opportunity to develop more opportunities and make further progress for women and girls in sport globally. I’m personally excited to share the impactful work that we have been doing collaboratively from the USA, Japan, and Australia over the last decade, and learning from those I meet and see present at the event.”

Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara & Dr. Natsue Koikawa
“When we got the opportunity to participate in the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in December 2014 (class 34), we were so inspired by the content of the Academy as we had never before seen such an atmosphere. We decided to start the Japanese Women Coach Academy immediately and are now in our seventh year of organizing the Women Coach Academy in Japan. We believed that we could change our way of thinking to support women coaches or leaders in Japan and would like to share the results of our WCA to the other countries at the conference.”

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WeCOACH Expands Partnership with Jostens

July 29, 2021

WeCOACH has expanded their partnership with Jostens, the trusted brand and leader when it comes to helping its customers celebrate defining moments that matter. Jostens has captured the stories of more NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS, IndyCar and NASCAR® champions than any other organization, and its footprint at the intercollegiate and high school level is second to none.

“We are excited to take our partnership with Jostens to the next level. We are grateful for their longtime support of our Lifetime Achievement Award, and now we get to expand their brand visibility and presence across more of the WeCOACH platform and community,” said Megan Kahn, CEO of WeCOACH.

The partnership includes producing and presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award during the premiere WeCOACH and Hudl co-hosted digital event, BreakThrough Summit on December 14, 2021. The inaugural award was presented to two-time World Cup Champion Jill Ellis in 2019 and retired Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Coach Muffet McGraw in 2020. This year’s recipient will be announced this Fall. Jostens also produced the Leadership Award, which was given this week during the inaugural WeCOACH High School Women Coaches Leadership Academy.

“Jostens has been a proud longtime supporter of women’s sports and women coaches and believes deeply in WeCOACH’s mission and vision,” said Chris Poitras, Vice President and General Manager of Jostens College and Professional Sports Division. “We are excited and honored to expand our partnership with WeCOACH, continue to invest in the work they are doing to empower and advance women in coaching, and interact with the WeCOACH community.”

About Jostens
Jostens is a trusted partner in the academic and achievement channel, providing products, programs and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company’s products include yearbooks, publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments. Founded in 1897 and based in Minneapolis, Minn., Jostens is owned by Platinum Equity and can be found online at jostens.com.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women coaches. Visit wecoachsports.org for more information.

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WeCOACH Announces Brianna Barry Memorial Scholarship

July 21, 2021

WeCOACH has announced the creation of the Brianna Barry Memorial Scholarship. Brianna, who tragically passed away last month due to a medical event, was an assistant volleyball coach at George Washington University, a 2016 WeCOACH/NCAA Women Coaches Academy Graduate, and served a two-year term on the WeCOACH Coaches Council as the volleyball representative.

With the blessing of Brianna’s parents, the Brianna Barry Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to an assistant woman volleyball coach at the NCAA Division I, II, or III level to attend the WeCOACH/NCAA Women Coaches Academy, which is the premier development program for NCAA women coaches of all sports. The memorial scholarship includes full tuition to attend the multi-day Academy and a travel stipend. The next Academy will take place in May 2022.

“Bri’s passion for life and for coaching was absolutely infectious. She touched so many lives with her kind heart and captivating smile. It is an honor and privilege that WeCOACH can create this scholarship in her remembrance and to pay it forward to another woman coach,” said Megan Kahn, CEO of WeCOACH.

Brianna’s love of volleyball started at an early age, serving as a ball girl at Florida State University before going on to a successful career with the Seminoles, where she garnered 2nd team All-American and ACC Player of the Year honors her senior season. Brianna’s coaching career included serving as graduate assistant coach and head coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State before transitioning in 2019 to assistant coach at George Washington University.

The Brianna Barry Memorial Scholarship will be funded through the generous contributions of two lead donors: Dr. Cecile Reynaud, founding board member of WeCOACH and former Florida State volleyball coach (1976-2001), and Elizabeth King, current president of the WeCOACH Board of Directors.

“I first met Brianna Barry as young girl when she volunteered to be a ball girl at our FSU volleyball matches. She later came to FSU as a student-athlete. As a fan I was thrilled to watch her compete at the highest level. I kept in touch with her over the years when she entered the field of coaching. I am so proud of her and where she was going in her career as a coach.” said Reynaud.

Additional donations in Brianna’s honor to support this scholarship can be made at wecoachsports.org/donate/.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women coaches. Visit wecoachsports.org for more information.

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WeCOACH Announces Conference-Wide Membership with Pac-12

July 14, 2021

WeCOACH and the Pac-12 Conference announced a conference-wide membership. The Pac-12 becomes the second Autonomy Conference to activate a conference-wide membership.

“I am thrilled to be able to provide access for more than 200 Pac-12 coaches to the extraordinary opportunities that a WeCOACH membership provides. Participation in WeCOACH programming not only provides women coaches with access to professional development, but also a community of support that will profoundly enrich their lives. As a Conference that prides itself in being a leader in women’s athletics, it is only appropriate that we partner with an organization whose mission aligns so closely with our values. I look forward to seeing the impact that this conference-wide membership will have on our coaches.” said Teresa Gould, Senior Associate Commissioner of the Pac-12 and president-elect of the WeCOACH Board of Directors.

The only conference to win 500 NCAA Championships, the Pac-12 is rooted in academic excellence and superior athletic performance and extends to twelve campuses: University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University.

“The member institutions of the Pac-12 are very grateful for the support that the Pac-12 leadership is providing for our women coaches and selected staff, to be a part of the WeCOACH platform. The personal development, mentorship, education and empowerment provided, has solidified for our coaches their “why”, for doing what they do. For many, it has literally kept them in the game,” said Nona Richardson, Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director at University of Utah and chair of the Pac-12 Senior Woman Administrators Committee.

The conference-wide membership will be active immediately and extend to twenty women coaches at each Pac-12 institution. Coaches will benefit from the unique programs and resources offered by WeCOACH.

“The Pac-12 has continuously been a leader when it comes to women coaches, not just by their success on the court or field, but also demonstrating leadership across the profession. We are thrilled to expand our engagement across the conference to develop, educate, connect and inspire women coaches across levels and sports. At a time when gender equity is a focal point across the landscape, I applaud Teresa and the Pac-12 leadership for their vision and investment in supporting, keeping and advancing women in the coaching profession,” said Megan Kahn, CEO of WeCOACH.

About The Pac-12 Conference
The Pac-12 Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 55 of the last 61 years, with 537 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities – the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs and member institutions, please visit Pac-12.com/conference.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women coaches. Visit wecoachsports.org for more information.

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WeCOACH Renews Partnership with NSF Certified for Sport®

June 22, 2021

WeCOACH has renewed its longstanding partnership with NSF Certified for Sport®. Specific to the world of sports, NSF International’s Certified for Sport® program helps athletes, coaches, and consumers make educated decisions when choosing sports supplements.

“We are excited to bring back our partnership with NSF Certified for Sport®. They are the gold-standard in the industry and allow us to strengthen our commitment to helping our coaches and their student-athletes feel assured that the products they are using are safe. Additionally, providing these valuable educational materials and supplement safety resources to our community of women coaches across all levels is paramount to team and individual success,” said WeCOACH CEO Megan Kahn.

To meet the growing demands of athletes, coaches and all those concerned about banned substances in sports supplements, NSF International created the Certified for Sport® program. The program certifies that what is on the label is in the bottle and that the product does not contain unsafe levels of contaminants, prohibited substances or masking agents. Certification also means that supplement manufacturers and their suppliers meet stringent certification guidelines. This partnership will help disseminate key educational content and supplement safety resources to the WeCOACH membership throughout the remainder of this year.

“WeCOACH creates exceptional resources for their members and shows dedication to diversity and inclusion for their community across sports. NSF is excited about their 2021 collaboration and sharing with and learning from such a great group of coaches and industry influencers,” said John Travis, NSF Certified for Sport® Program Manager.

About the NSF Certified for Sport®
NSF International’s global Certified for Sport® program helps athletes, dieticians, coaches and consumers make safer decisions when choosing sports supplements. The Certified for Sport® certification is the only independent third-party certification program recognized by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and the Canadian Football League. Certified for Sport® is also recommended by the NFL, NBA, PGA, LPGA, CCES, CPSDA, iNADO, Ironman, NASCAR, Taylor Hooton Foundation and many other organizations seeking to mitigate the risks of contaminated dietary supplements.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women coaches.

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WeCOACH Announces Extended Partnership with the USMC

March 25, 2021

WeCOACH has extended its national partnership with the United States Marine Corps.

“We are excited to announce a continuation of the Marine Corps partnership and are appreciative of their continued support of the WeCOACH community. As we elevate and enhance our programmatic offerings and resources, their leadership principles embody the characteristics we hope our women coaches strive to model in their own environments,” said WeCOACH CEO Megan Kahn.

The Marine Corps’ national partnerships provide valuable opportunities to spread public awareness of the Marine Corps’ purpose by connecting the brand to those communities it serves. The relationships established between the Corps and athletic communities ensure its message of aspirational service resonates with coaches, athletes and their influencers.

This significant partnership provides an opportunity for the Marine Corps to engage across a number of platforms and programs with the WeCOACH community. The Marine Corps will leverage mixed media, custom content, virtual presentations, and meet-ups to share their core values.

“The United States Marine Corps is proud to continue our partnership with WeCOACH and extend our support to Women coaches nationwide. We look forward to forming invaluable relationships throughout our engagement with the WeCOACH community,” said LtCol Christian Devine, National Director of Marketing & Communications for the Marine Corp Recruiting Command.

About the United States Marine Corp
Our Marine Recruiters serve every corner of the country and our priority during this national health emergency is their safety as well as the safety of their families, and the communities where they live and work. Right now, it’s as important as ever that we band together as a nation, adjusting our approach while remaining focused on our mission.
The United States Marine Corps looks forward to forming enduring relationships with, and lending our support to, those coaches and athletic facilitators who help young Americans win battles every day.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women coaches.

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WeCOACH Announces Changes to Board of Directors & Staff

February 4, 2021

WeCOACH has announced the addition of seven new members to their Board of Directors:

  • Pam Borton, CEO & Founder, ON Point: Next Level Leadership
  • Pokey Chatman, Coaching Consultant and Former Collegiate & Professional Basketball Coach
  • Samantha K. Huge, President, FourThorns, LLC
  • Sara Liebscher, Associate Vice President of Development, Executive Director of Individual and Family Giving, University of Notre Dame
  • Rachelle Manning, Sporting Goods Channel Manager, SanMar
  • Ed Pasque, Commissioner, Sunshine State Conference
  • The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders, Retired Senior Associate Dean for Religious Life, Stanford University

Elizabeth King, Managing Partner of Elizabeth M. King Consulting, LLC assumed the role of Board president effective this year. The move coincided with Pac-12 Senior Conference Associate Commissioner Teresa Gould beginning her term as president-elect. Charmelle Green transitioned to past-president. The governance leadership positions are one-year progressive terms.

“We are thrilled to welcome these individuals to our Board of Directors. Not only are they great people who will bring high energy, their vast and diverse experiences and skill sets will greatly impact WeCOACH at a pivotal time in our growth,” said King.

Additionally, Jan Whitbeck, who joined the WeCOACH staff in June 2019, has been promoted to Senior Director of Events and Branding effective immediately. Whitbeck manages the organization’s premier events, including the NCAA Women Coaches Academy programs and BreakThrough Summit, as well as oversees digital communications and brand management.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women coaches.

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WeCOACH Becomes Official Partner of Return On Inclusion

September 22, 2020

WeCOACH has announced a formal partnership with Return On Inclusion—becoming an official partner of the new online learning platform. The partnership provides a shared vision and intent to support the mutual strategies of both parties in fostering more diverse and inclusive athletic departments.

“Diversity and inclusion remain two of our strongest values. Especially in today’s climate, we have a responsibility to be at the forefront of education and change for a more diverse and inclusive culture. This partnership with Return On Inclusion will allow us to continue to take actionable steps in enhancing our educational content, programming, and best practices,” said WeCOACH CEO Megan Kahn.

Return On Inclusion (ROI), founded by Nevin Caple, is a sport-specific diversity and inclusion education platform dedicated to developing inclusive leaders and fostering a culture of belonging across social and cultural differences. Its self-paced modules standardize learning methods to help every coach and athletic administrator develop the skills and competencies necessary to support student-athletes and achieve inclusive excellence in programs, policies, and practices.

“I am thrilled to formalize our relationship with WeCOACH, as Megan and her team champion diversity and inclusion education as a core value. ROI provides coaches and administrators with access to critical learning opportunities and one of the ways we do this by partnering with institutions and organizations, like WeCOACH, who prioritize developing inclusive leadership,” said Caple.

About Return on Inclusion
Return On Inclusion™ (ROI) is a groundbreaking online learning platform for coaches, athletic administrators and athletic staff. The ROI Advisory Board includes national thought leaders in college athletics who have made significant contributions to fostering inclusive teams and programs. Board members include: Board Chair, Resa Lovelace (Maryland), DaWon Baker (Nebraska), Isa Berardo (Pomona-Pitzer), Cherish Burks (Alabama), Clyde Doughty (Bowie State), Kim Doran (Ohio State), Jessica Duff (Bates), Jaide-Hinds Clarke (Richmond), Katie Harbert (Oregon), Noah Knight (Kansas City Athletics), Yannick Kluch (Rowan), Jacqie McWilliams (CIAA), John Square (GW), Maria Sanchez (Northwestern), Whitney Johnson (NCAA).

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women coaches.

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WeCOACH Announces Partnership with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport

September 10, 2020

WeCOACH has announced a formal partnership with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota—the first research center of its kind in the world.

“We’ve had a longstanding working relationship with the Tucker Center. With the addition of more robust and comprehensive reports that provide benchmarks and data on women coaches, these will continue to be critical in driving national dialogue focused on retaining and advancing women in the coaching profession,” said WeCOACH CEO Megan Kahn.

The formal partnership provides collaborative branding, data collection, and promotion across several research initiatives, including the well-known Women in College Coaching Report Card™ that is co-produced annually. The Report Card, now in its ninth year, continues to document the percentage of women coaches of women’s teams in college athletics while holding decision markers accountable for hiring decisions. This year’s Report Card, marks the second time in nine years data has been collected for all coaching positions of women’s teams. The data illuminates numerous gendered occupational trends and helps identify where the coaching pipeline is leaky. In turn, data will help WeCOACH develop targeted data-driven programming to meet the needs of women coaches at all stages of their career trajectory.

The premier educational program of WeCOACH is the Women Coaches Academy (WCA), hosted in partnership with the NCAA. The Tucker Center research team will continue to document the career trajectories and retention rates of WCA graduates. To date, of the 686 women who attended the WCA between 2014-19, 88% are still coaching. Based on existing data, it demonstrates that WCA graduates “stay in the game” at very high numbers, giving women opportunities for advancement and assisting in increasing retention rates.

Additionally, WeCOACH and the Tucker Center will conduct cutting-edge research focused on women coaches of color. WeAMPLIFY, the WeCOACH women coaches of color initiative, will provide guidance in identifying the focus of this collaborative research effort.
“The Tucker Center is committed to collaborating with change makers, to conduct research and produce evidence-based tools that makes a difference in the lives of women sport coaches, their families and workplaces. This formal partnership is a mission central, initiative to help us continue to do just that,” said Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, director of the Tucker Center and founding Board member of WeCOACH.

About the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
The vision and pioneering spirit of Dorothy McNeill Tucker led to the establishment of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota in 1993. The creation of an interdisciplinary research center—devoted solely to girls and women in sport—established standards of excellence with respect to scholarly inquiry, advocacy, graduate education, community outreach and public service. Housed in the College of Education and Human Development’s School of Kinesiology, the Tucker Center is devoted to sponsoring, promoting, and disseminating scholarly activity on how sport impacts the lives of girls and women.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women coaches.

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WeCOACH Announces Partnership with the United States Marine Corps

June 10, 2020

WeCOACH has announced a national partnership with the United States Marine Corps.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Marine Corps to the WeCOACH family. Their national visibility and iconic leadership principles seamlessly align with our community of women coaches. Together, not only can we better the landscape for women in the profession, but also raise the bar in positively influencing tomorrow’s leaders,” said WeCOACH CEO Megan Kahn.

The Marine Corps’ national partnerships provide valuable opportunities to spread public awareness of the Marine Corps’ purpose by connecting the brand to those communities it serves. The relationships established between the Corps and athletic communities ensure its message of aspirational service resonates with coaches, athletes and their influencers.

This significant partnership provides an opportunity for the Marine Corps to engage with our key constituents which are integral to meeting their recruiting objectives, while also observing important social distancing guidelines. WeCOACH and the Marine Corps will leverage mixed media, custom content, virtual chats, and meet-ups to share their core values and exchange experiences with the WeCOACH female coaching community.

“The United States Marine Corps is proud to begin a partnership with WeCOACH as a sponsor of their member programming. We are honored to extend our support to coaches and look forward to forming invaluable relationships throughout our engagement with the WeCOACH community,” said LtCol Christian Devine, National Director of Marketing & Communications for the Marine Corp Recruiting Command.

About the United States Marine Corp
Our Marine Recruiters serve every corner of the country and our priority during this national health emergency is their safety as well as the safety of their families, and the communities where they live and work. Right now, it’s as important as ever that we band together as a nation, adjusting our approach while remaining focused on our mission.

The United States Marine Corps looks forward to forming enduring relationships with, and lending our support to, those coaches and athletic facilitators who help young Americans win battles every day.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for female coaches.

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WeCOACH Announces Megan Kahn Promoted to CEO

January 28, 2020

The WeCOACH Board of Directors has announced that executive director Megan Kahn has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.

Kahn, who has served the organization in a number of roles since 2012, was named executive director on August 1, 2016. She has elevated the organization through a complete rebrand (Alliance of Women Coaches to WeCOACH in 2018), a new strategic plan, as well as magnified the reach of WeCOACH on a national level with corporate sponsors, partners, and members.

“Megan has done an outstanding job as the Executive Director of WeCOACH. Her leadership, vision, and strategic decision-making have resulted in memberships, sponsorships, and program participation reaching an all-time high. She has evolved as a leader, and her impact on the organization has significantly enhanced the brand and visibility of WeCOACH,” said Charmelle Green, Penn State senior associate athletic director and president of the WeCOACH board of directors. “We look forward to seeing WeCOACH continue to thrive under her leadership.”

In three short years, Kahn has significantly increased the programmatic offerings and resources to support the heartbeat of WeCOACH – female coaches across all sports and levels. This past December, Kahn was instrumental in cultivating a partnership with Hudl to host BreakThrough Summit, the first-ever digital leadership summit for women in sports. She has overseen the launches of the WeCOACH Podcast, the NCAA Academy 2.0, the WeCOACH Mentor Program, and the Virtual Book Club. In May, WeCOACH will host its first-ever event for high school female coaches in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

With a pulse on the coaching landscape, WeCOACH has hit unprecedented growth numbers in the past two years, annually achieving a 20% increase in overall membership. Last year was a banner year for the organization, highlighted by engaging in conference-wide memberships with the Big 12 Conference, Horizon League, Ivy League and Sunshine State Conference.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for female coaches.

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WeCOACH Announces Northeast-10 Conference as League-Wide Member

January 7, 2020

WeCOACH has announced a league-wide membership with the Northeast-10 Conference, who becomes the second NCAA Division II conference to activate a membership for their 14 institutions.

“I applaud the Northeast-10 for understanding the significance and value of educational programming aimed at retaining and advancing women in the coaching profession. We look forward to welcoming them to our member community,” said WeCOACH Executive Director Megan Kahn.

The NE10 is the largest NCAA Division II conference in sponsorship of sports at 24. Female coaches within the conference will benefit from unique programs and a wide array of resources, including the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, NCAA Academy 2.0, the mentor program, virtual book club, and other exclusive online content.

“We are thrilled to partner with WeCOACH, a premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. The NE10 places the utmost value on all persons and believes that diverse and inclusive communities enrich our institutions and our shared experiences. By teaming with WeCOACH, a trusted voice in the female coaching community, we are pleased to support our female coaches by providing them with the personal and professional development tools they’ll need as they coach, mentor and lead student-athletes along a path to excellence,” said Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner Julie Ruppert.

About the Northeast-10 Conference
The NE10 is an association of 14 diverse institutions serving student-athletes across 24 NCAA Division II sports. Together we build brilliant futures by embracing the journey of every student-athlete.

Each year, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in conference championships in 24 sports, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for female coaches.

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WeCOACH Announces Three New Board Members; Green Becomes
Board President

January 3, 2020

The WeCOACH Board of Directors has announced the addition of three new members to their leadership group. Marlene Bjornsrud, gender equity consultant, Teresa Gould, Pac-12 Conference senior associate commissioner, and Nona Richardson, University of Utah executive senior associate athletics director begin three-year terms.

Additionally, Charmelle Green, Penn State University senior associate athletics director assumes the role of Board president effective this month. The move coincides with Elizabeth King beginning her term as president-elect and Dr. Cecile Reynaud will transition to past-president. The leadership positions are one-year progressive terms.

“We are thrilled to welcome Marlene, Teresa and Nona to our Board. They join WeCOACH at an exciting time as we continue to broaden our programmatic offerings across levels and build deeper relationships across the landscape. We are confident their skills and experiences will provide valuable perspectives to our already talented group of Board members,” said Charmelle Green.

Marlene Bjornsrud’s career has spanned more than 40 years of leadership in women’s sports, including coaching roles, administration and front office positions, and the non-profit sector. Bjornsrud served as executive director of the Alliance of Women Coaches (now WeCOACH) from 2014-16. Previously, she was a co-founder of Bay Area Women’s Sport Initiative (BAWSI), a nonprofit organization she co-founded in 2005 with USA soccer stars Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy. In 2013, Bjornsrud was recognized by the International Olympic Committee with its prestigious 2013 Women and Sport Award for the continent of the Americas.

Teresa Gould joined the Pac-12 Conference office staff in August 2018, where she manages sports administration and championships for women’s basketball and all Olympic sports, oversees governance and compliance, and serves as the conference’s senior woman administrator. Gould brings a breadth of leadership experience to the WeCOACH Board, having worked both at the university and conference levels, within and outside of athletics, and in broadcast and revenue generating roles. Gould has administrative experience at UC Davis, Cal-Berkeley, the West Coast Conference, as well as three years at ESPN.

Nona Richardson, a 30-plus-year veteran of athletics administration, has been Utah’s senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator since January 2015. Richardson oversees all student-athlete support services at Utah, including academics, sports medicine, nutrition, the wellness team and the life skills program. She also supervises several sports, serves as Utah’s gender equity and diversity coordinator and is a representative on Pac-12 Conference Counsel. Richardson’s previous administrative stops spanned roles at UC Davis (2007-14), Ball State (2002-07) and Valparaiso (1996-2002). She began her career in collegiate athletics as a volleyball coach and was honored as the 2017 Women Leaders in College Sports DI-FBS Administrator of the Year.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for female coaches.

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WeCOACH and Ivy League Announce Conference Membership

December 5, 2019

WeCOACH and the Ivy League announced a conference-wide membership. Female coaches and support staff at each of the eight Ivy League institutions will benefit from the unique programmatic opportunities and resources offered by WeCOACH.

“The Ivy League is proud to work with WeCOACH to continue identifying creative initiatives that offer personal and professional growth for our female coaches. This partnership showcases our shared commitment to recruit, advance and retain females in the coaching profession,” said Robin Harris, Executive Director of the Ivy League.

Consistently ranked as the top academic conference and with more national championships than any other collegiate athletic conference (287 team, 546 individual), the Ivy League showcased 98 nationally-ranked programs in 2018-19 and prides itself on sponsoring 33 sports, the highest number of any NCAA conference, with more than 8,000 student-athletes competing annually.

“The leadership of the Ivy League continues to raise the bar for their institutions. They rank first among all NCAA Division I conferences in the percentage of female head coaches of their women’s teams. This significant investment in the development of their female coaches is a testament to their support in keeping and advancing women in the coaching profession,” said Megan Kahn, Executive Director of WeCOACH.

About The Ivy League
The Ivy League stands at the pinnacle of higher education and Division I athletics, rooted in the longstanding, defining principle that intercollegiate athletics competition should be “kept in harmony with the essential educational purposes of the institution.” Unrivaled in its legacy, The Ivy League provides the true test of academic and co-curricular rigor – fostering an enduring culture that celebrates a storied-tradition, thrives on shared values and holds paramount the academic and personal growth of students.

The League’s world-renowned schools – Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale – serve as the standard bearers for inspiring and transforming student-athletes to boldly take on the world’s challenges and lead lives of great impact.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for female coaches.

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University of Denver Online Graduate Degrees and Certificates in Sport Announced as New Sponsor of WeCOACH

November 25, 2019

WeCOACH has announced that the University of Denver’s Online Graduate Degrees and Certificates in Sport has become a new sponsor.

“As we look to extend our reach and impact, it’s important to match alignment with vision. We found just that in DU’s Online Graduate Degrees and Certificates in Sport. Their forward-thinking and leadership in the coaching space is integral to not only the education of our coaches, but the progress of the profession as a whole,” said WeCOACH executive director Megan Kahn.

University of Denver offers fully online graduate degrees, certificates, and courses. Designed for coaches with part-time or full-time jobs, as well as both aspiring and established coaches, programs can be completed in as short as four academic quarters. University of Denver also offers Graduate Certificates in Strength and Conditioning and Fitness Coaching and the Psychology of Coaching. It is the first and only graduate certificate program in Strength and Conditioning in the world, designed for coaches and trainers to enhance their effectiveness in performance.

“The University of Denver’s Online Graduate Degrees and Certificates in Sport sponsorship of WeCOACH is a natural fit. We are the premier provider of sport coach and leader education at a university setting matched with WeCOACH as the premier organization dedicated to recruitment, advancement, and retention of women coaches. We look forward to collaborating and extending the significant work of our shared purpose,” said Brian Gearity, Ph.D., founder and director of the Master of Arts in Sport Coaching program.

About the University of Denver
The vision of the University of Denver’s Master of Arts in Sport Coaching is to deliver rigorous, exceptional, and innovative teaching to educate coaches to serve the athletes they coach and the public good. The program will be leaders in the dissemination of the scientific and practical knowledge of sport coaching. Additional information on DU’s online sport programs can be found here: https://www.du.edu/gspp/programs/sportcoaching/overview.html or by contacting Brittany Kahl, Program Manager, at Brittany.Kahl@du.edu or (303) 871-3409.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for female coaches.

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WeCOACH Announces Sunshine State Conference as First NCAA DII League-Wide Member

November 8, 2019

WeCOACH has announced a league-wide membership with the Sunshine State Conference, becoming the first NCAA Division II conference to activate a membership for their 11 institutions.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first NCAA DII conference to our engaged community of coaches. I am confident they will benefit from our unique programs and resources, and more than anything, support them in their coaching journey,” said WeCOACH Executive Director Megan Kahn. 

With the membership, female coaches within the conference will benefit from unique programs and a wide array of resources. Each SSC member institution will have female coaches utilize the WeCOACH membership, granting access to exclusive online content and in-person events, such as regional coaches’ workshops.“

The SSC is excited to expand our partnership with WeCOACH for membership to female coaches in our league,” said SSC Senior Associate Commissioner Maryanne Simkulak. “We know that they will be obtaining an exceptional resource with the programs and events that WeCOACH has to offer.”

WeCOACH first partnered with the SSC in April 2018 to conduct a regional workshop, which was attended by 33 league coaches. In addition, the SSC has paid the tuition costs for 10 female coaches in the last two years to attend either the NCAA Women Coaches Academy or NCAA Academy 2.0.

About the Sunshine State Conference
Founded in 1975, the Sunshine State Conference has risen from a single sports organization to the Division II “Conference of National Champions.” Since its inception, the conference has shown steady growth in sports played, membership, and national prominence. Member institutions have won a total of 111 NCAA national championships across 12 sports. During the 2018-19 academic year, SSC schools won seven national titles and achieved an 86% Academic Success Rate.

The SSC consists of 11 member institutions, all within the state of Florida: Barry University (Miami Shores), Eckerd College (St. Petersburg), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach), Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne), Florida Southern College (Lakeland), Lynn University (Boca Raton), Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale), Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach), Rollins College (Winter Park), Saint Leo University (Saint Leo), and the University of Tampa.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for female coaches.

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WeCOACH Announces Big 12 Conference as First Autonomy Conference Member

November 4, 2019

WeCOACH has announced a league-wide membership with the Big 12 Conference. Female coaches within the conference will benefit from the unique programs and resources offered by WeCOACH. The Big 12 becomes the first Autonomy Conference and the second NCAA Division I conference to activate a conference-wide membership.

“WeCOACH offers beneficial and proven programming for women coaches to assist in many facets of their professional growth,” said Big 12 Conference Executive Associate Commissioner Dayna Scherf. “The Big 12 is thrilled to be one of the first conferences to partner with WeCOACH in providing this valuable resource for our member institutions.”

Twenty individuals from each Big 12 campus will get the opportunity to utilize the WeCOACH membership, which includes access to in-person events and online content.

“The landscape for female coaches requires a unique support system. We applaud the Big 12’s commitment to the development of their female coaches across their 10 member institutions and look forward to having them benefit from the programs and resources we offer,” said Megan Kahn, executive director of WeCOACH.

About The Big 12 Conference
The Big 12 Conference is comprised of 10 Universities – Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia. The Big 12 is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics conference that encompasses five states with over 40 million people within its geographic footprint. In its 24th year, the Conference has produced over 680 Academic All-America selections and claimed national championship team titles in 17 of its 23 sponsored sports. Its student-athletes and teams have combined for over 660 individual NCAA titles and 63 team national championships. Nearly 5,000 student-athletes from across the United States and around the World compete annually under the Big 12 banner. For more information, visit Big12Sports.com and follow the Conference on Facebook (Facebook.com/Big12), Twitter (@Big12Conference) and You Tube (YouTube.com/Big12Conference).

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for female coaches.

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WeCOACH Announces Partnership with InXAthlete

October 29, 2019

WeCOACH has announced a partnership with InXAthlete to better connect student-athletes with a national network of companies and employers.

InXAthlete is an online employment platform that connects student-athletes with employers who value the skills that athletes bring into the business world. The platform’s proprietary online interface was built for student-athletes by student-athletes to create a simplified way for employers to seek out job candidates that fit their needs. The platform wecoachx.com officially launches today and will connect the WeCOACH network with hundreds of employers.

“As we continue to evaluate high-level programming and resources to better serve our female coaches, it’s important to remember their sole responsibility is to prepare student-athletes for successful careers after college. The alignment with InXAthlete cohesively connects our community of coaches and their respective student-athletes to a global network of future employers. We are thrilled to become part of the InXAthlete family,” said Megan Kahn, executive director of WeCOACH.

Post-graduation success is a significant priority for coaches and universities. The InXAthlete platform will enhance student-athlete development opportunities, mentorship experiences, and create a network with future employers.

“We are extremely excited to partner with WeCOACH and believe wholeheartedly in their mission. The WeCOACH team is accomplishing important work within athletics. We look forward to impacting our combined communities,” said Cody Ferraro, co-founder of InXAthlete.

About InXAthlete
InXAthlete is an online employment platform built by student-athletes for student-athletes. It’s a tool, free for students, that connects student-athletes with employers who value the skills that athletes translate into the business world. To learn more, visit inxathlete.com.

About WeCOACH 
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for female coaches.

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WeCOACH Announces Partnership with Groople

October 8, 2019

WeCOACH has announced a partnership with Groople to better serve its community of coaches in their complex travel needs.

Groople is an expert in travel logistics, serving every size group and travel need, including group airfare, hotel rooms, meeting space, meal coordination, and ground transportation. Their personalized, one-on-one approach to customer service includes flexible payment policies, online booking capability, and access to hotels around the world.

“We are excited to announce this strategic partnership with Groople. Their boutique approach to travel service aligns seamlessly with our vision to support our coaches. By removing the role of securing travel logistics and knowing they are putting it in the hands of experts, our coaches can focus on what they do best – coaching and developing their student-athletes,” said Megan Kahn, executive director of WeCOACH.

Groople will offer its travel booking services complimentary to all WeCOACH members, schools, and partners. Available via the WeCOACH website (wecoachsports.org), there will be a dedicated travel accommodations webpage to submit requests.

“We are excited to be partnering with WeCOACH and providing our full-service travel logistics services to their members,” says John Butler, CEO of Groople. “We understand and appreciate what WeCOACH is offering to its members and look forward to providing our one-stop stress free travel logistics services.”

About Groople
Groople is a full-service travel logistics company that specializes in providing personalized group booking services to organizations globally. The company understands the complexities and stress that can go along with booking groups; and provides a one stop shop solution for all group booking needs (group airfare, hotels, charter buses and car rentals). Groople (GROups+peOPLE) blends today high-tech technology with the high touch that is required in the group booking business to exceed customers’ expectations daily and globally. The company’s
proprietary platform gives customers a visual selection of hotel offerings and shows them exactly what they will pay for the services they use.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for female coaches.

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Hudl and WeCOACH Partner to Present First-Ever BreakThrough Summit
To Develop, Inspire and Celebrate Women in Sports

September 26, 2019

The free, live digital leadership summit will feature top women in sports.

LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 26, 2019 –– Hudl, an industry leader in performance analysis, and
WeCOACH, the premier membership organization dedicated to the retention and advancement
of women coaches, announced they will host the first-ever BreakThrough Summit designed to
develop and celebrate women in sports.

The interactive event will stream live on Dec. 16 and will be free to attend for those that
register. Attendees will hear from industry leaders including two-time World Cup champion
USWNT head coach Jill Ellis; 2019 Women’s College World Series champion; and UCLA head
coach Kelly Inouye-Perez; and ESPN basketball analyst LaChina Robinson.

“We believe that opportunity should be as universal as talent and that sports cannot thrive
without equity of access,” David Graff, Hudl’s Chief Executive Officer said. “To put powerful
tools in the hands of every coach, athlete and team requires leaders in the industry pulling in
one direction. We needed to surround ourselves with the right people with the right mission in
order to produce the right change in the world. That’s why we’re partnering with WeCOACH
and making this event accessible to everyone in the sports community.”

Women in sport face unique pressures, including fewer advancement opportunities, unequal
pay, gender bias, non-supportive work climates and balancing motherhood. BreakThrough
Summit is a chance for women in sports to learn from and talk peer-to-peer with fellow
coaches, administrators and athletic staff members about how they overcome these
challenges. The event is also an opportunity to drive impactful and far-reaching conversations
within the sports community.

“We couldn’t ask for a better partner in Hudl in creating this unprecedented digital summit.
There is such synergy between our organizations in wanting to move the needle in terms of
visibility and equity for female coaches, administrators and industry leaders,” WeCOACH
Executive Director Megan Kahn said. “Our alignment in values and vision allows us to provide
this summit at no cost, giving everyone an opportunity to participate. We are excited about
harnessing a collective voice for women in the industry.”

Attendees will have access to a private chatroom to share ideas, discuss the sessions, learn
from colleagues nationwide and participate in live Q&A sessions.

Registration for this year’s BreakThrough Summit opens in late October. Learn more about the
event and speakers by visiting breakthroughsummit.live.

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WeCOACH Announces 2019-2020 Coaches Council

August 20, 2019

WeCOACH announced their 2019-2020 Coaches Council members, a selected group of individuals who help ensure WeCOACH is strategically serving women coaches from all sports and all levels.

“Now in its fifth year, the Coaches Council continues to become more engaged,” said WeCOACH executive director Megan Kahn. “This group will continue to bring passion, insight and an unwavering commitment to bettering the landscape for female coaches.”

The sixteen members of the Council represent twelve sports across NCAA Division I, II and III levels, high school, and club. WeCOACH has continued to expand its reach and impact by including an administrator on the Council for the first time this year.

Each Council member serves a two-year term. The terms are staggered to create continuity annually.

2019-20 Coaches Council:
Ashley Bastron – Head Coach, Track & Field/XC, Wake Forest (NCAA DI)
Jen Brooks – Athletic Director, Ursuline Academy (High School)
Anya Covington* – Assistant Coach, Women’s Basketball, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (NCAA DI)
Angela Dendas-Pleasant – Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Lewis & Clark College (NCAA DIII)
Kristy Duncan* – Head Coach, Volleyball & Assistant Athletic Director, Illinois College (NCAA DIII)
Sam Eustace* – Head Coach, Lacrosse, Mercer University (NCAA DI)
Kendall Fearn* – Associate Coach, Softball, Indiana University (NCAA DI)
Kelsey Hinton – Head Coach, Women’s Gymnastics, College of William & Mary (NCAA DI)
Lyndse Hokanson – Assistant Coach, Women’s Soccer, Georgetown University (NCAA DI)
E.A. Jackson* – Head Coach, Field Hockey, Towson University (NCAA DI)
Alice McCall* – Assistant Coach, Men’s & Women’s Swim and Dive, Florida Atlantic University (NCAA DI)
Jen McKillop* – Associate Athletic Director/SWA, Franklin Pierce University (DII)
Jess Nash*– Director of Coaching, RUSH Wisconsin Soccer Club, (Youth Club)
Caroline Powers* – Assistant Coach, Women’s Golf, Michigan State University (NCAA DI)
Trish Riddell – Head Coach, Women’s Tennis, Florida Southern College (NCAA DII)
Marci Robles – Head Coach, Women’s Rowing, George Washington University (NCAA DI)
*new term beginning in 2019-20

Full biographies of the Council are available on the WeCOACH website at wecoachsports.org.

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WeCOACH Announces League-Wide Membership with the Horizon League

July 24, 2019

The Horizon League has announced a League-wide membership with WeCOACH, an organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. The Horizon League is the first collegiate conference to activate a League-wide membership for all its women coaches with WeCOACH.

“WeCOACH provides tremendous value by assisting in the development of women’s coaches. Their organizational mission aligns with ours, and we are excited about supporting them through theconference membership program,” said Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone. “This is a tremendous benefit for all HL women’s coaches.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Horizon League as they become the first conference to activate WeCOACH memberships for their female coaches, said WeCOACH Executive Director Megan Kahn. “This significant investment in the conference-wide development and support of women coaches is unprecedented. The Horizon League’s leadership should be commended on their commitment to retaining and advancing women in the coaching profession.”

WeCOACH will assist the League with the creation and implementation of a comprehensive strategy related to the development of women coaches. The participation will provide a multitude of resources for the League’s women coaches, including a support network and educational programming.

About the Horizon League
The Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletics conference comprised of 10 member institutions located throughout the Midwest’s major metropolitan cities. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the League and its members strive to be highly competitive athletically while committing to the total development of its student-athletes and creating a lasting impact on campus and in the community. For more information, visit HorizonLeague.com.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reinvigorated its brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for female coaches.

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WeCOACH Completes 48th NCAA Women Coaches Academy and 4th Academy 2.0

June 28, 2019

WeCOACH hosted the 48th session of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and the 4th session of the NCAA Academy 2.0. The Academy 2.0 was developed to provide continued education to previous graduates of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy.
Forty-seven female coaches of all experience levels and sports from NCAA Division I, II and III were selected to participate in the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, while twenty were selected to partake in the master-learning NCAA Academy 2.0 program.
“I want to congratulate the 67 outstanding female coaches who recently graduated from our NCAA Women Coaches Academy and Academy 2.0. Their commitment to learn, share and engage with one another will be transformative in their career journeys. We are thankful for our partnership with the NCAA Office of Inclusion which supports these significantly impactful programs in helping retain and advance female coaches,” said Megan Kahn, executive director of WeCOACH.

One coach from each class was honored based on peer selection. Mariah Dunham, head women’s basketball coach at Finlandia University, was selected by her NCAA Women Coaches Academy class #48 peers as the WeCOACH Impact Award honoree. In Academy 2.0, the Cecile Reynaud Coaching Mastery Award honoree was E.A. Jackson, head women’s field hockey coach at Townson University.
The application period for the summer 2020 sessions will begin Fall 2019. The 2020 programs will be held May 27-30 and June 24-27 in Denver, Colorado. More information on the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and the NCAA Academy 2.0 can be found on the WeCOACH website (wecoachsports.org).

NCAA Women Coaches Academy class #48 participants
Yewande Balogun, University of Maryland, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Caitlin Bamberger, University of Findlay, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Anthea Barnett, UCLA, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Melissa Bigg, Tiffin University, Head Coach, Soccer
Melissa Brooks, Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, Head Coach, Basketball
Sam Carlino, Princeton University, Volunteer Assistant Coach, Field Hockey
Hannah Chappell-Dick, University of Florida, Volunteer Assistant Coach, Cross Country, Track & Field
Michelle Cole, The Citadel, Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Kristin Cupido, Miami University of Ohio, Assistant Coach , Cross Country, Track & Field
Rachel Dowd, Ithaca College, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Mariah Dunham, Finlandia University, Head Coach , Basketball
Kacie Ehinger, Baldwin Wallace University, Head Coach, Volleyball
Amanda Fazio, University of Tennessee, Graduate Assistant Coach, Softball
Kendall Fearn, Indiana University, Associate Head Coach, Softball
Kristin Giotta, Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, Head Coach, Soccer
Barbi Gonzalez, Providence College, Graduate Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Kayla Gordon, Denison University, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Karen Grygiel, Monmouth University, Head Coach, Bowling
Kimberly Harrell, Belhaven University, Head Coach, Soccer
Betsy Harris, Florida Southern College, Head Coach, Basketball
Betsy Harvey, Sacred Heart University, Assistant Coach, Softball
Samantha Hurley, Young Harris College, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Maura Johnston, Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Kerrin Kallmann, Molloy College, Graduate Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Rosie Kays, SUNY Cobleskill, Head Coach, Soccer
Danielle Kcholi, University of Texas at Dallas, Head Coach, Cross Country
Emily Kohan, Colorado State University, Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Julianne Kurke, Rollins College, Assistant Coach, Swimming
Patti Laufenberg, University of Wisconsin Platteville, Assistant Coach, Track & Field
Tracey Marshall, CUNY York College, Head Coach, Softball
Lianne McCluskey, Smith College, Graduate Assistant Coach, Swimming & Diving
Kendall Mulligan, Georgetown University, Head Coach, Rowing
Mia Olsen, Westfield State University, Graduate Assistant Coach, Field Hockey
Denisha Parks, Clark University, Head Coach, Basketball
Ashley Potvin-Fulford, University of New England, Head Coach, Rugby
Manya Puppione, Marymount University, Head Coach, Soccer
Emily Ryan, University of Wisconsin Platteville, Head Coach, Soccer
Liz Sack, Saint Joseph’s University, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey
Emily Schmit, Cal State Monterey Bay, Head Coach, Water Polo
Amber Smith, University of Kentucky, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Sarah Steffan, Rollins College , Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Katie Stefl, George Washington University, Assistant Coach, Swimming & Diving
Mari Sundbo, Bucknell University, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Abbey Sutherland, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Head Coach, Volleyball
Kelly Sykes, Carroll University, Assistant Coach, Softball
Mary, Theisen-Lappen, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Assistant Coach, Track & Field
Katie Thurstin, Stetson University, Head Coach, Rowing

NCAA Academy 2.0 class #4 participants
Katie Adams, University of Nebraska, Video & Administrative Coordinator, Basketball
Tania Armellino, Plattsburgh State University, Head Coach, Soccer
Hollie Bonewit-Cron, Miami University of Ohio, Head Coach, Swimming & Diving
Kara Cook, Penn State University, Director of Operations, Soccer
Kimberly Dale , University of California San Diego, Associate Head Coach, Rowing
Sinead Evans, Brandeis University, Head Coach, Cross Country, Track & Field
E. A. Jackson, Towson University, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Joelle Mafo, University of Mount Olive, Head Coach, Volleyball
Meredith Mahon, Tufts University, Assistant Coach, Softball
Shannon McHale, Florida Southern College, Assistant Coach, Lacrosse
Jamie Montgomery, University of Richmond, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Michelle Piantadosi-Lima, Eckerd College, Head Coach, Volleyball & Beach Volleyball
Leah Presley, King University, Head Coach, Soccer
Erica Rau, Oberlin College, Head Coach, Volleyball
Trish Riddell, Florida Southern College, Head Coach, Tennis
Liz Slupinski, SUNY Cobleskill, Head Coach, Softball
Jessica Spencer, Bentley University, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Nelle Stahura, Robert Morris University, Head Coach, Rowing
Melissa Stoll, Southern Connecticut State University, Head Coach, Cross Country, Track & Field
Mary Wallenbeck, Ithaca College, Assistant Coach, Cross Country, Track & Field

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WeCOACH Hosts NCAA Women Coaches Academy and Academy 2.0 Programs

June 10, 2019

WeCOACH hosted the 47th session of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and the 3rd session of the NCAA Academy 2.0, but the first one to fall within its restructured partnership with the NCAA. The Academy 2.0 was developed to provide continued education to previous graduates of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy.

Fifty-four female coaches of all experience levels and sports from NCAA Division I, II and III were selected to participate in the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, while twenty-two were selected to partake in the master-learning NCAA Academy 2.0 program.

“The NCAA office of inclusion congratulates the 76 outstanding female coaches who recently graduated from the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and the NCAA Academy 2.0. WeCOACH executive director, Megan Kahn, her tremendous team, and an array of talented presenters provided a transformative learning and networking experience that will empower female coaches to persist and succeed in coaching,” said Amy Wilson, NCAA managing director of inclusion.

One coach from each class was honored based on peer selection. Anya Covington, assistant women’s basketball coach at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, was selected by her NCAA Women Coaches Academy class #47 peers as the WeCOACH Impact Award honoree. In Academy 2.0, the Cecile Reynaud Coaching Mastery Award honoree was Lyndse Hokanson, assistant women’s soccer coach at Georgetown University.

The application period for the summer 2020 sessions will begin in mid-January. The 2020 programs will be held May 27-30 and June 24-27 in Denver, Colorado. More information on the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and the NCAA Academy 2.0 can be found on the WeCOACH website (wecoachsports.org).

NCAA Women Coaches Academy class #47 participants
Alexandra Anghelescu, Penn State University, Assistant Coach, Tennis
Kali Boatwright, Eckerd College, Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Jeannette Boudway, Smith College, Head Coach, Soccer
Paige Cassady, Albany State University, Assistant Coach, Softball
Anya Covington, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Allison Daley, Canisius College, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Corrine Drost, College of William & Mary, Assistant Coach, Lacrosse
Molly Duesterhaus, Millikin University, Head Coach, Swimming
Taylor Dyer, Lehigh University, Associate Head Coach, Field Hockey
Megan Dzikas, Saint Leo University, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Victoria Emoff, Trine University, Assistant Coach, Ice Hockey
Lisa Francisco, Bucknell University, Head Coach, Golf
Kaitlynn Fratz, University of Maryland, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Candace Fuller, University of California Riverside, Assistant Coach, Track & Field
Elizabeth Gainer, University of Charleston, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Katherine Gerzabek, Syracuse University, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey
Meghan Gill, Davidson College, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Emily Girasole, Earlham College, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Jaime Gluesing, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Alicia Gorman, Carnegie Mellon University, Head Coach, Diving
Kortny Hall, Southern Utah University, Head Coach, Softball
Whitney Henderson, Montana State University, Assistant Coach, Track & Field
Gabrielle Houston, University of California Santa Cruz, Head Coach, Volleyball
Leigh Howard, Marist College, Head Coach, Soccer
Cody Hunsicker, Washington College, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey
Kyla King, Emory & Henry College, Head Coach, Volleyball
Lindsay Kuhle, University of Denver, Head Coach, Golf
Caitlyn Lawrence, Smith College, Head Coach, Tennis
Ashley Lawson, Southeast Missouri State University, Head Coach, Gymnastics
Colleen Leonard, Kalamazoo College, Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Valerie Lohr, Allegheny College, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Casey Jo MacPherson, University of Missouri, Assistant Coach, Gymnastics
Tiara Malcom, Florida International University, Head Coach, Basketball
Ariana Martinez, Pepperdine University, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Kortnie Maxoutopoulis, Mississippi State University, Assistant Coach, Golf
Stefanie May, SUNY Maritime College, Head Coach, Soccer
Kaytianna McMillan, Oregon State University, Volunteer Assistant Coach, Gymnastics
Kylin Muñoz, Utah Valley University, Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Lauren Nadler, University of California Santa Cruz, Head Coach, Soccer
Elizabeth Norton, Boston University, Assistant Coach, Ice Hockey
Abby Ostrom, Trinity College, Assistant Coach, Ice Hockey
Christa Pfeninger, Texas Woman’s University, Assistant Coach, Softball
Riley Piechnick, Bucknell University, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Carrie Racsumberger, Daemen College, Head Coach, Bowling
Krystina Sarff, University of Oklahoma, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Carol Schoenecker, Robert Morris University, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Monica Scott, Centre College, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Natalie Sweeney, Transylvania University, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Anna, Temple, University of California Davis, Head Coach, Golf
Valerie Townsend, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, Head Coach, Volleyball
Brandi Vega, University of Oklahoma, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Dayna White, Molloy College, Assistant Coach, Softball
Revonda Whitley, Claflin University, Head Coach, Basketball
Keri Wong, Tulane University, Assistant Coach, Tennis

NCAA Academy 2.0 class #3 participants
Heidi Axtell, SUNY Cortland, Head Coach, Soccer
Ashley Botham, Purdue University Fort Wayne, Head Coach, Track & Field
Maru Brito, Tulane University, Head Coach, Tennis
Kimberly Chavers, Old Dominion University, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Allison Coomey, Penn State University, Assistant Coach, Ice Hockey
Julia Duffy, Merrimack College, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Jennifer Green, University of Iowa, Assistant Coach, Gymnastics
Lyndse Hokanson, Georgetown University, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Amy Horst, Loyola University Maryland, Head Coach, Cross Country, Track & Field
Laura-Ann Lane, Gwynedd Mercy University, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Kelly Lawrence, Boston University, Associate Head Coach, Soccer
Ginger Lemm, Mississippi State University, Head Coach, Golf
Danielle Lowe, University of Findlay, Head Coach, Softball
Erin McGaffigan, Alfred University, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Colleen Murphy, United States Air Force Academy, Head Coach, Swimming
Shannon Neely Noel, Fordham University, Associate Head Coach, Soccer
Allison Papenfuss, Bowling Green State University, Strength Coach
Harley Roller, Albany State University, Head Coach, Softball
Ricki Rothbauer-Stubbs, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Head Coach, Softball
Keri Sanchez, University of Texas, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Liz Smith, Michigan State University, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Tara Zollinger, Shippensburg University, Head Coach, Field Hockey

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Jan Whitbeck Named WeCOACH Director of Events

May 28, 2019

WeCOACH has named Jan Whitbeck as the Director of Events. Whitbeck will assume her position on June 10th and replace Ann Walker, who is retiring effective July 1, 2019. 

Since January 2017, Whitbeck has served as the Director of Events for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Annually, she executed their signature events, including the Annual Celebration, Distinguished Teaching Awards, Alumni Awards, Ski-U-Mania and alumni events for athletics post-season games. Her 20-year career in event management, media, high-level marketing, and collegiate athletics will serve her well in helping WeCOACH continue to broaden its reach to female coaches of all sports and levels. 

“We were overwhelmed with the number and quality of applicants we received for this position. Jan’s extensive experience and her vision for developing women coaches unequivocally resonated with us. I have no doubt her passion, values, and energy will be immediately impactful across our thriving community of women coaches. We are thrilled to welcome someone of Jan’s caliber to the WeCOACH team,” said Megan Kahn, Executive Director. 

Prior to the University of Minnesota, Whitbeck served as the Marketing and Campus Relations Coordinator for the University of Wyoming Residence Life and Dining Services. She also spent ten years working for iHeart Media (formerly Clear Channel Communications) in Denver as a Promotions & Marketing Director and as an Account Executive for both AM and FM stations. While there, she managed key national accounts, such as Coors, Hershey, and Dos Equis, as well as co-produced the Gears, Games & Gadgets Expo and coordinated station events for the Susan G. Komen Denver Race for the Cure, and the CU/CSU Rocky Mountain Showdown football games. 

“I am extremely excited to join WeCOACH and work with Executive Director Megan Kahn and the talented team she has assembled. To be a part of an organization that provides education, programming, leadership, growth and networking opportunities for women in the coaching industry is an incredible opportunity. I can’t wait to get started,” said Whitbeck. 

Jan was a women’s basketball student-athlete at Western State Colorado University. She started her career as a women’s basketball assistant coach at Western State Colorado University and Regis University. 

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WeCOACH Announces Collaboration with NSF International

May 13, 2019

WeCOACH has announced the continuation of its collaboration with NSF International. Specific to the world of sports, NSF  International’s Certified for Sport® program helps athletes, coaches, and consumers make educated decisions when choosing sports supplements. The NSF International mark is assurance that the product has been tested by one of the most respected independent certification organizations in existence today.

“WeCOACH is changing the landscape of sports in a powerful, positive way,” said Maryann Ballotta, Senior Marketing Manager, Dietary Supplements and Sports Nutrition at NSF International. “As an independent public health and safety organization, NSF International is proud to help WeCOACH connect its members with science-based supplement safety and certification resources. Educated, informed coaches are well-positioned to help keep athletes safer and healthier.”

The collaboration will help disseminate key educational content and resources to the WeCOACH membership across a variety of platforms in the coming year.

“As an organization with an outstanding global presence, I am thrilled NSF International continues to see and understand the value of their collaboration with WeCOACH. Education and resources are critical to the success of our coaches, particularly when it comes to reassurance of supplement safety and certification. Our collaborative efforts align impeccably with our vision and commitment to provide first-in-class programs and resources to better the landscape for current and future female coaches,” said Megan Kahn, WeCOACH Executive Director.

.About NSF International
In 2019, NSF International is celebrating 75 years of protecting and improving human health. The independent, global organization facilitates standards development, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences, sustainability and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. MLB, NHL, and CFL clubs are permitted to provide and recommend only products that are NSF Certified for Sport®. NSF Certified for Sport® is also recommended by the NFL, PGA and the LPGA, and many other sport organizations.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reimagined their brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational resources, and access to in-person and digital programming opportunities, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women in coaching.

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WeCOACH Announces Memorial Scholarship

Geri Ann Glasco Memorial Scholarship presented in partnership with Natasha Watley Foundation, Glasco Family and WeCOACH

February 11, 2019

WeCOACH has announced the Geri Ann Glasco Memorial Scholarship presented in partnership with the Natasha Watley Foundation (NWF) and the Glasco Family. Geri Ann Glasco, a 24-year old University of Louisiana volunteer assistant softball coach, was tragically killed in a multi-vehicle accident on January 24, 2019.  The Natasha Watley Foundation-Glasco Family Fund was created in memory of Geri Ann to aid and inspire young female coaches in the softball community.

In partnership between WeCOACH, NWF and the Glasco Family, the Geri Ann Glasco Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a female assistant coach in the first five years of her career at the NCAA level. The memorial scholarship includes tuition and a travel stipend to attend WeCOACH’s NCAA Women Coaches Academy this summer. Coaches interested in this premier development opportunity must apply for the NCAA Women Coaches Academy by February 18 at www.wecoachsports.org. One eligible applicant will be awarded the scholarship.

“NWF is proud to fulfill the wishes of the Glasco Family by collaborating with an outstanding partner in WeCOACH,” said Sue Enquist, NWF Board member and former UCLA head softball coach. “This scholarship will aid future young softball coaches and secure Geri Ann Glasco’s legacy.”

Geri Ann, who played at Georgia in 2013-14 and Oregon in 2015-16, had an infectious love for the game and was two weeks away from opening day of her first season working for her father, Louisiana head coach Gerry Glasco. She was the youngest sibling in a family well-known in college softball. Both of her older sisters played NCAA softball; Tara at SIU-Carbondale and Erin at Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Tara is now an assistant coach at Illinois State.

“Having the Glasco family reach out during their most tragic moment and being entrusted to carry out Geri Ann’s legacy was truly humbling. It is with great responsibility and honor that we will see this through. We are appreciative of our partnership with WeCOACH to give this premier opportunity to young women who dream of having a career in coaching,” said NWF founder and two-time Olympian, Natasha Watley.

For information on the Natasha Watley Foundation-Glasco Family Fund and to make a donation, please visit https://natashawatleyfoundation.org/.

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About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reimagined their brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational resources, and access to in-person and digital programming opportunities, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women in coaching. To learn more about the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, visit www.wecoachsports.org. Applications will be accepted through February 18.

About Natasha Watley Foundation
The Natasha Watley Foundation (NWF) was founded by two-time Olympic medalist Natasha Watley to create opportunities for girls in under-served communities to learn and play the game of softball. NWF uses the medium of sport to inspire young women to reach their full potential while fostering character development and awareness of social issues that affect women.

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WeCOACH Announces Restructure of NCAA Partnership

January 10, 2019

WeCOACH has announced the continuation of its partnership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to provide programming to female coaches of NCAA sponsored-sports. The new structure will now include Academy 2.0 aligning within the partnership.

“The NCAA Office of Inclusion is thankful for its partnership with WeCOACH that results in impactful NCAA Women Coaches Academies which support female intercollegiate coaches’ success and persistence in the coaching profession. We are excited about the launch of Academy 2.0 under the partnership and the significant opportunity it will provide for additional meaningful professional development for women coaches,” said Dr. Amy Wilson, NCAA Managing Director of Inclusion.

The NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) is a four-day in-person program available for Division I, Division II, and Division III female coaches of any NCAA sponsored-sport or emerging sport. The core curriculum is designed to increase individual effectiveness by developing skills and learning strategies that directly affect personal and team success. Since 2003, there have been 46 sessions of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, boasting over 1700 attendees.

In 2017, Academy 2.0 was established as a master-learning program intended to enhance and advance the knowledge gained during the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. The 3-day program will now be hosted simultaneously with the WCA in May and June. WeCOACH will accept applications for all sessions January 16 through February 11 at wecoachsports.org. Dates of the 2019 programs will be:

• NCAA Women Coaches Academy: May 29-June 1 and June 19-22
• NCAA Academy 2.0: May 29-31 and June 19-21

“The NCAA’s significant support of female coaches is paramount to our work in retaining and advancing female coaches. We are grateful for their vision in restructuring our partnership to include Academy 2.0. This will make it possible for more women coaches to participate in our impactful Academies,” said Megan Kahn, WeCOACH Executive Director.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reimagined their brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational resources, and access to in-person and digital programming opportunities, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women in coaching.

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WeCOACH Announces New Coaches to Board of Directors

January 2, 2019

The WeCOACH Board of Directors has announced the addition of two new members to their leadership group in Texas A&M head softball coach, Jo Evans, and University of Notre Dame associate head women’s basketball coach, Carol Owens. Both begin their three-year terms this month.

“We are proud to expand our board to include two women currently coaching. Jo Evans will add her experience, expertise and success in coaching at the highest level for many years. Carol Owens will bring a unique voice and perspective representing associate and assistant coaches and the experience of winning a national championship. Both established coaches will continue to drive the mission and vision for WeCOACH.”

One of the winningest active Division I coaches in softball today, with over 1,000 wins, Jo Evans was inducted into the 2015 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Hall of Fame. In her 23rd season at the helm of the nationally-recognized Texas A&M softball program, Evans has guided her team to the NCAA postseason 19 times, including three trips to the Women’s College World Series and seven trips to the NCAA Super Regionals. In 1986, Evans began her head coaching career at Colorado State before returning to her alma mater, Utah from 1991-96.

Carol Owens is regarded as one of the nation’s premier coaches in her 19th year on the Notre Dame women’s basketball coaching staff and 10th year as associate head coach under Muffet McGraw. Owens has assisted in eight Final Four appearances for the Fighting Irish, and two National Championships, including last April. She also spent five seasons (2005-10) as head coach at her alma mater, Northern Illinois University. Owens has been an important contributor within the women’s basketball coaching community. She has served on the Board of Directors for both the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA) and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reimagined their brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational resources, and access to in-person and digital programming opportunities, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women in coaching.

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WeCOACH Hosts Academy 2.0 & NCAA Women Coaches Academy Sessions

December 4, 2018

WeCOACH hosted the 2nd class of Academy 2.0 and the 46th class of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) last week at the Hilton Denver Inverness in Englewood, Colorado. Forty-five female coaches of all experience levels and sports from NCAA Division I, II and III were selected to participate in the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, while fourteen were selected to partake in the master-learning Academy 2.0 program.

Academy 2.0 was developed last year as a continuation of the skills and strategies learned during the WCA and is available to those coaches who have participated in the WCA a minimum of eighteen-months earlier.

One coach from each class is honored based on peer selection. Samantha Eustace, head women’s lacrosse coach at Mercer University, was selected by her NCAA Women Coaches Academy peers as the WeCOACH Impact Award honoree. In Academy 2.0, the Cecile Reynaud Coaching Mastery Award honoree was Jamila Johnson, head women’s golf coach at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

NCAA Women Coaches Academy class #46 participants
Josie Barnes, Vanderbilt University, Associate Head Coach, Bowling
Betsy Bayliss, Seattle University, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Egan Berne, Colgate University, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Anna Braun, Agnes Scott College, Head Coach, Volleyball
Ali Brems, Truman State University, Assistant Coach, Softball
Amy Burgess, University of Arkansas Little Rock, Head Coach, Swimming & Diving
Maddy Carpenter, College of the Holy Cross, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey
Francesca Carrullo, University of Dayton, Assistant Coach, Softball
Kelliner Croushore, Occidental College, Assistant Coach, Softball
Natalie Deacon, University of Lynchburg, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Nichole DePaul-Miller, Upper Iowa University, Head Coach, Bowling
Jessie DeZiel, University of Illinois, Assistant Coach, Gymnastics
Erin Dinan, Ithaca College, Head Coach, Cross Country
Brittany Duncan, Northern Kentucky University, Assistant Coach, Softball
Samantha Eustace, Mercer University, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Kelyn Freedman, George Washington University, Assistant Coach, Lacrosse
Kristen Gillis, Moravian College, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Kayla Grover, Salem State University, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Kali Harmon, Southern Utah University, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Chelsea Hennan, Sonoma State University, Head Coach, Water Polo
Chrissy Holm, University of Minnesota, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Lizzy Johnson, University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Jocelyn Keller , Carleton College, Head Coach, Soccer
Alexandra Kiss, Fresno State University, Assistant Coach, Water Polo
Katie Lane, University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Kathy Les, University of Connecticut, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Heidi Lewis, Catholic University of America, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Dana Lyon, United States Air Force Academy, Assistant Coach, Track & Field
Paige Madara, Grinnell College, Head Coach, Tennis
Elizabeth Morrison, Trinity College, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey
Lara-Jane Que, Bowdoin College, Assistant Coach, Cross Country, Track & Field
Jessica Richardson, Southern Utah University, Graduate Assistant Coach, Basketball
Allison Rubnitz, Seton Hall University, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Mikinzee Salo , St. Catherine University, Assistant Coach , Tennis
Meredith Spencer-Blaetz, Stevens Institute of Technology, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Olivia Staff, University of Tulsa, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Rachael Sushner, St. Olaf College, Head Coach, Soccer
Jennifer Swieton, Central Michigan University, Head Coach, Cross Country, Track & Field
Alyssa Waite, San Diego State University, Assistant Coach, Golf
Kristen Washburn, College of William & Mary, Volunteer Assistant Coach, Soccer
Brittany Whatley, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Assistant Coach, Golf
Elizabeth Wilson, Utah State University, Director of Operations, Cross Country, Track & Field
Ilona Wilson, Colorado College, Assistant Coach, Tennis
Hayley Wirth, Grinnell College, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Meredith Witherell, Knox College, Head Coach, Tennis

Academy 2.0 class #2 participants
Brittany Adell, Colgate University, Head Coach, Rowing
Valerie Armstrong, Midwestern State University, Head Coach, Volleyball
Laura Burnett-Kurie, Gustavus Adolphus College, Head Coach, Soccer
Roslynn Ellis, University of Iowa, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey
Lynn Farquhar, Saint Joseph’s University, Head Coach, Field Hockey
JoAnne Ferguson, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, Head Coach, Softball
Jessica Giglio, Fresno State University, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Brittney Harvey, Trine University, Assistant Coach, Softball
Jamila Johnson, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Head Coach, Golf
Rose Lucidi, SUNY Canton, Head Coach, Soccer
Jenny Park, Seattle University, Head Coach, Rowing
JJ Payette, Stetson University, Assistant Coach, Softball
Amanda Reckamp, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Head Coach, Softball
Justine Tydings, University of Wyoming, Director of Operations, Soccer

The application period for the summer 2019 sessions will begin in mid-January. More information on Academy 2.0 and the NCAA Women Coaches Academy can be viewed on the WeCOACH website (wecoachsports.org).

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reimagined their brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational resources, and access to in-person and digital programming opportunities, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women in coaching.

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WeCOACH Hires Michele McGee Wolfert as Director of Strategic Relationships

November 9, 2018

WeCOACH has announced the addition of Michele McGee Wolfert to their national office staff. Wolfert will officially begin her position as Director of Strategic Relationships on November 28.

“We feel so fortunate to be adding someone of Michele’s experience and expertise to our team,” said WeCOACH executive director, Megan Kahn. “Her ability to navigate the landscape in fostering relationships and leveraging partnerships will be monumental for our organization, and her passion for the coaching profession is unmatched, making this a perfect fit.”

Wolfert comes to WeCOACH with a wealth of experience in corporate sponsorship, annual giving, and revenue generation. Most recently, Wolfert served as the Director of Partnerships for the Charlotte Hornets’ G League team, the Greensboro Swarm, after serving as Executive Director of the College of Charleston Cougar Club for three years. Previous experience includes stints at the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and Virginia Tech Athletics. Wolfert received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Master’s of Sports Administration from Ohio University.

“As the daughter, sister, niece and mother of those that have coached at the college, high school and middle school levels, I am very excited to join a team whose important mission is recruiting, retaining and advancing coaches at all levels,” said Wolfert.

Michele and her husband, Mike, reside in Winston-Salem, NC and are the proud parents of three children.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reimagined their brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational resources, and access to in-person and digital programming opportunities, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women in coaching.

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WeCOACH Announces 2018-19 Coaches Council

September 12, 2018

WeCOACH announced their 2018-19 Coaches Council members, a selected group of individuals who will help ensure WeCOACH is strategically serving women coaches from all sports and all levels.

“Now in it’s fourth year, the Coaches Council is gaining momentum,” said WeCOACH executive director Megan Kahn. “I’m really excited about this group of coaches. They routinely exhibit passion and thoughtfulness for the larger coaching profession and I know they will bring forth great ideas.”

The sixteen members of the Council represent twelve sports across NCAA Division I, II and III levels, high school, club and two-year colleges. As WeCOACH continues to expand its reach and impact, for the first time the Council includes a strength and conditioning coach.

Each Council member serves a two-year term. The terms are staggered to create continuity annually.

2018-19 Coaches Council:
Brianna Barry – Head Coach, Volleyball, Southeastern Oklahoma State (NCAA DII)
Ashley Botham* – Head Coach, Track & Field/XC, Purdue Fort Wayne (NCAA DI)
Tracy Coyne – Head Coach, Women’s Lacrosse, George Washington University (NCAA DI)
Angela Dendas-Pleasant* – Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Lewis & Clark College (NCAA DIII)
Yolanda Duron, Ed.D. – Head Coach, Women’s Tennis, Fullerton College (2-Year College)
Kathryn Gleason – Head Coach, Softball, Northern Kentucky University (NCAA DI)
Melanie Horn – Athletic Director & Head Coach, Girls Basketball, Westridge School (High School)
Kelsey Hinton* – Assistant Coach, Women’s Gymnastics, William & Mary College (NCAA DI)
Lyndse Hokanson* – Assistant Coach, Women’s Soccer, Georgetown University (NCAA DI)
Janell Howland – Head Coach, Women’s Golf, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (NCAA DI)
Colleen Murphy – Head Coach, Women’s Swimming, U.S. Air Force Academy (NCAA DI)
Sonia Raman – Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (NCAA DIII)
Trish Riddell* – Head Coach, Women’s Tennis, Florida Southern College (NCAA DII)
Marci Robles* – Head Coach, Women’s Rowing, George Washington University (NCAA DI)
Kincaid Schmidt – Technical Director, Zone 1, Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club (Youth Club)
Tara Zollinger – Head Coach, Field Hockey, Shippensburg University (NCAA DII)
*new term beginning in 2018-19

Full biographies of the Council are available here.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, the organization reimagined their brand in August 2018. By providing a supportive and unified network, educational resources, and access to in-person and digital programming opportunities, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women in coaching.

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Alliance of Women Coaches Officially Becomes WeCOACH

August 21, 2018

The Alliance of Women Coaches has officially changed its name and marks to WeCOACH.

Since 2011, when the Alliance was founded, it has experienced unprecedented growth, becoming the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing and retaining women in the coaching profession. With growth and transformation under new leadership and infusion of passionate board members, the organization was primed for a pivotal step forward.

“We couldn’t be more excited to share WeCOACH with the world,” said Executive Director Megan Kahn. “The new name, colors, and logo not only set us apart visually, but better represent the heartbeat of our membership – our coaches of all sports and all levels. While our mission remains the same, this evolution will take us to new heights in enabling us to broaden our reach and impact.”

After the Whistle, a full-service integrated marketing firm based in Chicago, was the chosen agency to develop the new name and logo.

The WeCOACH name represents a strong, engaged and unified community of coaches across sports and levels. The simple, straightforward and powerful design showcases the fortitude of the organization and symbolizes “strong women” as coaches, leaders and role models.

The sharp lines in the logo subliminally form two interlocking triangles creating the first letter – W – of WeCOACH, a nod to women, and establishing a union of strength. The center triangle represents the heartbeat of the organization – its membership – and creates 3 points of interconnection, representing the three pillars of the organization’s work: to recruit, to advance, and to retain women in coaching. The outer circle softens the design, representing an inclusive, safe community for growth and sharing, where voices are stronger when unified.

For more information on WeCOACH and the rebrand, visit their new website or www.wecoachsports.org.

About After the Whistle
After the Whistle (www.afterthewhistle.com) is a full-service integrated marketing firm covering media, branding, creative services and events. Co-founders Jackie Paulus, Shanae’ Paulus, and Jimmy de Castro use their eclectic mix of experience across media, production, events and sports to help people and brands elevate tell their story.

What They’re Saying About WeCOACH…

WeCOACH is the collective voice for women in coaching, and it’s never been more vital. If girls and women are to get the experience of a female head coach; if they’re to get to see a woman of competence and authority as part of their athletic career, we need WeCOACH to stand up to the sexism that limits women in athletics. The double-standards, the different performance evaluations, and the inability to address Title IX violations that affect women athletes are depressingly familiar. Only a collective voice and action can change the profession for women.
– Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Champion Women CEO, civil rights lawyer, Olympic gold-medal swimmer

The rebranding of WeCOACH embodies our vision for inclusion of all women coaches actively growing, sharing, and improving together. Everything about the name, the logo, and the bold colors represent who we are and what we do together.
– Cecile Reynaud, President of WeCOACH Board of Directors, AVCA Hall of Fame, and member of USA Volleyball Board of Directors

As the profession of coaching has evolved, so too has the need for organizations that develop coaches to find ways of making their own forward progress. While WeCOACH has always been the leader in educating and mentoring women in the coaching profession, their rebranding has positioned them to extend their impact and reach beyond gender and classification, and into the global coaching community at large. The future of coaches everywhere is brighter tomorrow because of the work WeCOACH is doing today.
– Jason Belzer, Founder, AthleticDirectorU, Founder and President, Global Athlete Management Enterprises, Inc., Forbes Contributor, Rutgers Professor

Love the new name and excited about the mission!
– Beth Launiere, Hehad Women’s Volleyball Coach, University of Utah

It is so important for female athletes to see and experience female coaches in sport. WeCOACH is an important support network to assist and unify women in coaching. Their new brand has a unifying logo and theme that incorporates all the extraordinary qualities of female coaches in our profession!
– Colleen Murphy, Head Women’s Swimming Coach, Air Force Academy

I love the direction we are taking with the rebrand. Women are coaches and we make a difference in the lives of our athletes across all levels and sports. WeCOACH represents this and so much more that is relevant and modern about women coaches.
– Missy Price, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Wellesley College

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Next Wave Coach Academy Pilot Program Begins

August 1, 2018

The Alliance of Women Coaches, in partnership with the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, launched the Next Wave Coach Academy last week. This pilot program engages the “next wave” of women coaches by creating an environment where women are encouraged to coach and providing a pathway tailored to each individual.

“We’ve gone beyond simply including women in coaching assignments at our club,” said CRYSC Zone 1 Technical Director Kincaid Schmidt. “With the support of leaders in the club, we’ve gone a step further by establishing a system that supports each individual coach in her long-term development. We help each coach maximize her potential by creating a holistic learning environment that encourages young women not just to be coaches, but to be excellent coaches.”

Next Wave Coach Academy offers a solid foundation for these high school players and young professionals entering the coaching profession by providing the U.S. Soccer grassroots licensing course led by a female instructor, season-long mentorship, and a second professional development weekend in November focused on developing leadership and management skills. U.S. Soccer Instructor and founding member of the Women in Youth Sports Coalition Jené Baclawski led the licensing course. Additionally, the twelve participants will receive a one-year, complimentary membership to the Alliance of Women Coaches.

“One of the priorities in our strategic plan is focused on identifying a ‘pipeline’ of future female coaches,” said Alliance Executive Director Megan Kahn. “The Next Wave Coach Academy is our first meaningful initiative in the youth space to provide a pathway for women to enter the profession and hopefully create a future pipeline. We couldn’t be more excited about the potential of this partnership and are so proud of these women.”

Participants of the inaugural Next Wave Coach Academy:

Sophia Bertolone
Regan Brown
Alana Chubb
Emma Dickinson
Jayla Elstad
Liz Lechuga
Rebekah McCabe
Ellison Mucharsky-O’Boyle
Megan Sforzini
Madison Snyder
Eleanor Sommers
Mae Swenson

Visit www.gocoaches.org/programs-events/next-wave/ for more information on the Next Wave program.

About Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club
Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club is a soccer club who strives to provide an opportunity for all levels of players from beginner to advanced, from three to professional. CRYSC is one of the only true full-service soccer clubs in the nation providing soccer for all types of players from all different types of backgrounds. For more information on CRYSC, visit www.rapidsyouthsoccer.org.

About the Alliance of Women Coaches
The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier organization that empowers the community of women coaches, across all sports and levels, with the education and resources they need to stay and advance in the profession. By providing a supportive network, inspiration and knowledge, and access to in-person and digital platforms, the Alliance is changing the landscape for women in coaching. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

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Academy 2.0 Inaugural Class Graduates Making Waves

July 18, 2018

Graduates of the Alliance of Women Coaches’ inaugural Academy 2.0 have made waves in the sports world in the eight months since the first class gathered in November 2017.

Over the course of three days, these women worked together towards their professional and personal development. The Alliance of Women Coaches designed the mastery learning program for graduates of its NCAA Women Coaches Academy.

“Looking back at what our first Academy 2.0 class has accomplished in the past eight months is nothing short of impressive,” said Alliance of Women Coaches Executive Director Megan Kahn. “As female coaches continue to draw national attention, we applaud the efforts and success of these women. To have so many incredible accomplishments from a class of ten is a testament to their commitment to advancing in the profession, to self-growth and gaining experience, and to building relationships and staying engaged with the Alliance.”

Both Jennifer Klein and Jennifer Patrick-Swift took head coaching positions at Power 5 conference schools. In February 2018, Klein took over as head women’s soccer coach at the University of Michigan after serving four seasons as associate head coach at the University of Southern California, where she helped lead them to the 2016 NCAA Division I national championship. In addition to her work at Michigan, Klein is also an assistant coach with the U.S. Soccer Under-19 Women’s National Team.

Patrick-Swift accepted the head softball coach position at North Carolina State University this summer after earning back-to-back conference titles as the head coach of Saint Francis University and leading the team to consecutive NCAA appearances. Recently, Patrick-Swift and her staff at Saint Francis were named Coaching Staff of the Year for the Great Lakes Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

University of Central Florida assistant rowing coach Conny Kirsch and University of Nevada Las Vegas women’s golf head coach Amy Bush-Herzer both led their teams to conference championships this year. It was the fourth straight American Athletic Conference championship for UCF and Kirsch while their staff garnered AAC Coaching Staff of the Year. Bush-Herzer led her squad to their fourth championship in eight years and this spring, she was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year for the third time in her career.

Wellesley soccer head coach Missy Price, Ph.D. took on a national leadership role within her sport. Price, a former Chair of the United Soccer Coaches’ Women’s Coaches Member Group, is now serving on the United Soccer Coaches Board of Directors as Vice President.

In April, Stephanie Wheeler was inducted into the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame. Wheeler currently serves as the head wheelchair basketball coach at the University of Illinois. In 2016 at the Paralympic Games in Rio, as head coach, she led the women’s wheelchair basketball team to the gold medal.

“They have set the bar high,” said Kahn. I look forward to growing Academy 2.0 and watching other women follow in their footsteps.”

The application period for Academy 2.0 Class #2 will open September 4, and the program will take place November 28-30, 2018 in Denver, alongside the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. In 2019, the Alliance will expand Academy 2.0 to both a summer and winter session.

About the Alliance of Women Coaches
The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier organization that empowers the community of women coaches, across all sports and levels, with the education and resources they need to stay and advance in the profession. By providing a supportive network, inspiration and knowledge, and access to in-person and digital platforms, the Alliance is changing the landscape for women in coaching. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

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Alliance of Women Coaches Concludes First-Ever Mentor Program

July 9, 2018

The Alliance of Women Coaches concluded its first-ever Mentor Program. The pilot program included a selection of 48 individuals to participate in a year-long mentor program throughout the 2017-18 academic year. The experience included an application process, ten sets of monthly discussion prompts, ten virtual check-ins, three skills assessments, and three participant video chats.

“I am very pleased and encouraged with our inaugural mentor program,” said Alliance Executive Director Megan Kahn. “The intentional effort we put into developing this unique hybrid model of ‘mentoring trios’ and the monthly touchpoints provide a catalyst for helping keep women in the profession. Data tells us women are leaving coaching after 7 – 10 years. This program is aimed at providing support, development and cross-sport collaboration as a resource to increase retention and advancement.”

Mentor Program participants, who included head and assistant coaches, administrators, and board members, were paired with two other participants to form mentor program trios. The program featured gold level mentors, silver level mentors/mentees, and bronze level mentees. Participants came from 45 different universities, clubs, organizations, and high school programs. Each person gave back to the coaching community and sought to empower future generations of coaches by creating a culture of growth, empathy, positivity, and respect.

This networking and professional development opportunity highlights the importance of mentoring as a channel for professional retention and advancement. Applications for the 2018-19 Mentor Program will be available July 26th through August 15th, 2018.

The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier membership organization dedicated to the recruitment, advancement, and retention of women coaches of all sports and levels. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches and the Mentor Program, visit www.gocoaches.org.


What Participants Are Saying About the Alliance of Women Coaches Mentor Program…

Working in college athletics requires a strong network of people you can trust. I was lucky enough to add two incredible women to my network through the mentoring program offered by The Alliance of Women Coaches. Our monthly discussions were both impactful and meaningful. I’ve really enjoyed the mentoring process and have not only been able to help my peers, but also learn from them at the same time. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience and the friendships we have built will continue beyond the end of the program.
– Kristy Duncan, Illinois College, Head Coach, Volleyball

I have enjoyed the mentor program so much this year. I have even seen a difference in how I am with new coaches in swimming and reaching out to them more. This program has been great. I would do it again!
– Jeanne Fleck, Fresno State, Head Coach, Swimming & Diving

As a young coach new to the profession, the mentor program really expanded my horizons and helped develop my coaching philosophies through the experiences and stories of my mentors. I was fortunate to have a veteran head coach, as well as administrator to talk through all the issues and opportunities that arise as female coaches. These ladies were amazing role models and their passion for sport and growing the profession were obvious every call we had. I am grateful I had the chance to be involved in the mentor program and believe it would be an asset for any coach or administrator with a desire to grow.
– Caroline Powers, Michigan State, Assistant Coach, Women’s Golf

Mentoring strong, dedicated women who seek to be their best is a passion of mine. Mentoring at its best is a commitment from the mentor and the mentee to believe in the process and each other so that everyone grows through honest and candid conversations. It has been exciting for me to see the process that I used in my business career translate well with great coaches. I could not be more pleased with the work that my Alliance of Women Coaches’ mentor cohort did this year. I was teamed up with Kristy Duncan (Head Coach of Women’s Volleyball at Illinois College) and Colleen Doherty (Assistant Coach of Rugby at Quinnipiac University). The truth is, I learned as much from them as they learned from me and therefore I know we met the criteria for ‘mentoring at its best’.
– Elizabeth King, Managing Partner, Elizabeth M. King Consulting, LLC, and Alliance of Women Coaches Board Member

My experience in the Mentor Program was excellent! I was a silver mentor and learned so much from both our gold mentor and bronze mentee. We were not only able to share what was currently going on in our lives, but we also were able to talk about relevant topics that directly impact the sustainability and advancement of our careers. Most importantly, we were able to encourage and support one another.
– Stephanie Wheeler, University of Illinois, Head Coach, Women’s Wheelchair Basketball

The mentor program has been a great resource for me this year. As a first-year head coach, it provided a network of support and a comfortable space to ask questions and bounce ideas around with other coaches. One of the really great things was that one of the other women in my group was in a similar place with her team. It didn’t matter that our sports were completely different, at the end of the day, we are all working toward similar goals. I am so thankful to be a part of the program. I know that not only will these women be in my professional network, they will be wonderful friends.
– Britt Adell, Colgate University, Head Coach, Rowing

About the Alliance of Women Coaches
The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier organization that empowers the community of women coaches, across all sports and levels, with the education and resources they need to stay and advance in the profession. By providing a supportive network, inspiration and knowledge, and access to in-person and digital platforms, the Alliance is changing the landscape for women in coaching. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

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Alliance of Women Coaches Hires Marci Kornegay as Director of Membership

July 3, 2018

The Alliance of Women Coaches has announced the addition of Marci Kornegay to their national office staff.

Kornegay, a former NCAA Division I golf coach and LPGA Teaching Professional, will begin her position as Director of Membership on July 16. “We are thrilled to add someone of Marci’s caliber to our staff,” said Megan Kahn, Alliance Executive Director. “Her experience in both the coaching profession and business sector will be invaluable to the growth of the Alliance. I have no doubt her ability to relate to coaches and build relationships with other industry professionals will make an immediate impact.”

Kornegay has over 20 years of experience in golf, including her 4-year playing career at Ole Miss and assistant coach positions in the SEC. During her tenure as head coach at University of South Florida, she garnered two Big East Coach of the Year honors in 2010 and 2012. To this day, Marci still has players experiencing success on the professional tour. Kornegay is also a 2011 graduate of the NCAA’s partner program with the Alliance, the NCAA Women Coaches Academy.

“I am inspired by the talents and resiliency of women coaches today,” said Kornegay. “Being in a role to elevate the membership experience and help grow our Alliance makes me extremely proud. I am eager to connect with the leaders of our next generation and continue the important work of the Alliance.”

Marci understands the balance of having a strong work ethic and having fun. In 2016, she completed a 2,189 mile thru-hike from Maine to Georgia on the world renowned Appalachian Trail. For the past year she has been in Real Estate in Savannah, Georgia. When Marci is not seeking community engagement or continuing her personal growth, she enjoys golfing, hiking, biking and photography.

The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier membership organization dedicated to the recruitment, advancement, and retention of women coaches of all sports and levels. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

What They’re Saying About Marci…

Marci is a great addition to the Alliance! She has great energy and connects with people very easily. Her sense of humor is tops too; never hurts in this business!
– Melissa Luellen, Auburn University, Head Women’s Golf Coach

Marci will be a great addition and complement our existing staff. Her experiences, energy, passion and commitment to women coaches will help us grow into the future.
– Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, Co-Director, and founding member, Alliance Board of Directors

I couldn’t be more excited for the Alliance with the recent hiring of Marci Kornegay as the Director of Membership. Marci and I were graduates of the 25th class of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in 2011. We have stayed in touch ever since through phone calls, social media, golf tournaments, even following her journey as she conquered the Appalachian Trail! I can specifically remember Marci reaching out to me when we won NCAAs on the women’s side and most recently when I was inducted into the University of Georgia’s Circle of Honor. Women coaches empowering other coaches across all sports, that’s what it’s all about. Congrats Marci and the Alliance!
– Stefanie Williams Moreno, University of Georgia, Assistant Swimming Coach

I am thrilled to learn that Marci will be joining the fabulous Alliance of Women Coaches team. My time at USF with ‘Coach Marci’ is summarized by simply bringing coaches and administrators together. She is most certainly passionate about building relationships and highly skilled at empowering others. Those two talents combined will elevate the great work of the Alliance.
– Marcy Lanoue, University of San Diego, Senior Associate AD for External Affairs/SWA

About the Alliance of Women Coaches
The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier organization that empowers the community of women coaches, across all sports and levels, with the education and resources they need to stay and advance in the profession. By providing a supportive network, inspiration and knowledge, and access to in-person and digital platforms, the Alliance is changing the landscape for women in coaching. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

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Alliance of Women Coaches Hosts 45th NCAA Women Coaches Academy

June 21, 2018

The Alliance of Women Coaches hosted the 45th class of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) from June 14-17 at the Hilton Denver Inverness in Englewood, Colorado. Forty-nine female coaches of all experience levels and sports from NCAA Division I, II and III gathered for four days of non-sport-specific educational training. Core to its mission of providing a diverse and inclusive climate, for the first-time, the Academy included a deaf-coach, Meghan Maiwald, assistant women’s soccer coach at Gallaudet University.

“The NCAA Women Coaches Academy provided another phenomenal experience for these forty-nine coaches,” said Alliance Executive Director Megan Kahn. “We continue to receive feedback that these four days are life-changing, on both personal and professional levels as these women navigate their career paths. We are appreciative of the NCAA’s partnership in offering this much needed program to keep and advance women in the game.”

The coaches participated in full group and small breakout sessions on leadership, diversity, mindfulness, legal protections, communication, career advancement, Title IX and history of women in sport, and work-life balance to name a few.

“The NCAA/Alliance of Women Coaches Academy Class 45 was another outstanding group of coaches who joined together for a transformative professional development experience in Denver last week, said the NCAA’s Director of Inclusion, Amy Wilson. “The Alliance provided an excellent slate of presenters on pertinent and significant subjects, proving again that it is dedicated to supporting women’s persistence and empowering their success in the coaching profession.”

Ithaca College Head Women’s Rowing Coach, Becky Robinson, and Bridgewater College Assistant to the Director of Riding, Kamerra Brown Allen, were selected as the Judy Sweet Award winners for Class #45. This award, named after Alliance of Women Coaches co-founder Judy Sweet, recognizes two members at each Academy whose spirit and dedication to their own and to others’ personal and professional success has made an impact on their peers. The honor is granted via nomination by fellow classmates.

NCAA Women Coaches Academy Class #45

Sofie Aagaard, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Head Coach, Golf
Xeni Barakos-Yoder, East Stroudsburg University, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Allyson Baribault, SUNY Oneonta, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Jill Batcheller, Bryant University, Head Coach, Lacrosse
Lyndsey Bevill, Saint Leo University, Head Coach, Golf
Anastasia Bitis , CUNY York College, Head Coach, Basketball
Wendy Bordeau, Dartmouth College , Head Coach, Rowing
Kamerra Brown Allen, Bridgewater College, Assistant to the Director, Equestrian
Allison Carter, Bucknell University, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Tarah Christenson, Nazareth College, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Caitlin Connolly, Lasell College, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Angela Dendas-Pleasant, Lewis & Clark College, Head Coach, Strength & Conditioning
Devin Dougherty, University of San Francisco, Assistant Coach, Golf
Brittney Emmons, Southeast Missouri State University, Head Coach, Gymnastics
Meghan French, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, Associate Head Coach, Swimming & Diving
Mia Fruge, Smith College, Head Coach, Volleyball
Alicia Galindo, Cal Poly Pomona, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Emily Garner, Trinity College, Head Coach, Basketball
Michelle Goodwin, University of Tulsa, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Brittany Harris, Oregon State University, Graduate Assistant Coach, Gymnastics
Jordan Hill, Emory University, Assistant Coach, Track & Field
Brianna Holder, Pepperdine University, Assistant Coach, Strength & Conditioning
Taylor Hollander, Sacramento State University, Assistant Coach, Tennis
Katie Kollar, SUNY Cobleskill, Head Coach, Basketball
Morgan Korinek, Kenyon College, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Kelly Lawrence, Syracuse University, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Jennifer Llewellyn, Lindenwood University, Head Coach, Gymnastics
Julie Lundquist, University of St. Thomas, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Meghan Maiwald, Gallaudet University, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Leah McDermott, Lebanon Valley College, Head Coach, Soccer
Megan Mitchell, University of Central Florida, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Jamie Montgomery, University of Richmond, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Alison Muenz-Winkler, Saint Louis University, Associate Coach, Sports Performance
Madeline Norton, College of the Holy Cross, Assistant Coach, Ice Hockey
Samantha Oyola, CUNY York College, Head Coach, Swimming
Megan Patrick, Loyola University Maryland, Head Coach, Rowing
Katie Rees, Adelphi University, Head Coach, Cross Country, Track & Field
Trish Riddell, Florida Southern College, Head Coach, Tennis
Cassandra Ringer, Illinois State University, Graduate Assistant Coach, Gymnastics
Becky Robinson, Ithaca College, Head Coach, Rowing
April Sanchez, Idaho State University, Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Carla Schubiger, Oregon State University, Volunteer Assistant Coach, Triathlon
Kathryn Schumann, Utica College, Assistant Coach, Cross Country, Track & Field
Betsy Sedlak, University of Portland, Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Sabrina Smith, Husson University, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Grace Sokolow, Austin College, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Andi Tostanoski, Hawaii Pacific University, Graduate Assistant Coach, Soccer
Alexa Tovella, University of Wisconsin Platteville, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Noel Wees, Colby College, Assistant Coach, Softball

For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

About the Alliance of Women Coaches
The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier organization that empowers the community of women coaches, across all sports and levels, with the education and resources they need to stay and advance in the profession. By providing a supportive network, inspiration and knowledge, and access to in-person and digital platforms, the Alliance is changing the landscape for women in coaching. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

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Alliance of Women Coaches Completes 44th NCAA Women Coaches Academy

June 7, 2018

The Alliance of Women Coaches hosted the 44th class of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) from May 30-June 2 at the Hilton Denver Inverness in Englewood, Colorado. Forty-seven female coaches of all experience levels and sports from NCAA Division I, II and III gathered for four days of non-sport-specific educational training.

“The NCAA Women Coaches Academy continues to provide the necessary and needed education, development and support to female coaches,” said Alliance Executive Director Megan Kahn. “The transformative experience and unique environment allows women coaches to connect across all three divisions and sports. We are thankful for the partnership of the NCAA and their investment in the lives and careers of these coaches.”

The coaches participated in full group and small breakout sessions on leadership, diversity, team culture, communication, career advancement, Title IX and history of women in sport, and work-life balance to name a few.

“The NCAA Office of Inclusion thanks the Alliance of Women Coaches, our outstanding partners who provided a meaningful and life-changing professional development opportunity for female coaches in Denver last week,” stated Amy Wilson, the NCAA Director of Inclusion. “The Academy Class of 44 is a group of amazing, talented women who formed a network and gained knowledge that will support their efforts to persist and to succeed in the coaching profession.”

The NCAA Women Coaches Academy was held in conjunction with the Women Leaders in College Sports program, the NCAA Institute for Administrators Advancement. The two organizations held a joint session bringing female coaches and administrators together for focused dialogue, learning and networking.

University of California Berkeley Head Field Hockey Coach, Shellie Onstead, and Azusa Pacific University Head Women’s Water Polo Coach, Julie Snodgrass, were selected as the Judy Sweet Award winners for Class #44. The award, named after Alliance co-founder Judy Sweet, recognizes two members at each WCA whose spirit and dedication to their own and to others’ personal and professional success has made an impact on their peers. The honor is granted via nomination by fellow classmates.

NCAA Women Coaches Academy Class #44

Indira Avila, CUNY York College, Head Coach, Cross Country, Track & Field
Amber Barker, Albany State University, Head Coach, Softball
Amy Berbary, Indiana University, Head Coach, Soccer
Emily Boerger, Merrimack College, Assistant Coach, Lacrosse
Amy Briggs, Central College, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Nicole Buchholz, George Washington University, Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Jennifer Charles, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Robin Confer, University of North Florida, Head Coach, Soccer
Alex Covington, Millikin University, Head Coach, Tennis
Traci Dahl, Cal Poly Pomona, Associate Head Coach, Volleyball
Michelle Dasso, University of Notre Dame, Assistant Coach, Tennis
Ashley Dell, University of Iowa, Assistant Coach, Swimming
Teressa DiPerna, Dominican University of California, Head Coach, Cross Country
Casi Donelan-Dobbins, Bard College, Head Coach, Basketball
Kelly Evans, Harvard University, Assistant Coach, Rowing
Tammy Farnum, Michigan State University, Associate Head Coach, Soccer
Ann Farrier, Southern Connecticut State University, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey
Lisa Ferrero, Towson University, Head Coach, Golf
Keva Godfrey, Agnes Scott College, Head Coach, Tennis
Lyndse Hokanson, Georgetown University, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Ashley Holmes, Augsburg University, Assistant Coach, Ice Hockey
Trang Huynh, Northern Illinois University, Graduate Assistant Coach, Tennis
Whitney Johnson, Delaware State University, Head Coach, Volleyball
Akasha Kasper, Limestone College, Assistant Coach, Lacrosse
Nikki Kelsey-Huffman, Northern Arizona University, Head Coach, Diving
Sara Kettelkamp, UC Colorado Springs, Assistant Coach, Cross Country, Track & Field
Hollie Loud, University of North Alabama, Assistant Coach, Soccer
Natalie Marlowe, University of Texas at Dallas, Assistant Coach, Basketball
Amy Marron, St. John’s University, Assistant Coach , Soccer
Alice McCall, Florida Atlantic University, Assistant Coach, Swimming
Moe Melhart, Cal State Monterey Bay, Head Coach, Volleyball
Taylor Mendez, University of Mary, Graduate Assistant Coach, Softball
Shellie  Onstead, University of California Berkeley, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Jenna Peanasky, Iowa State University, Assistant Coach, Strength & Conditioning
Elizabeth Pike, Shenandoah University, Head Coach, Soccer
Caroline Powers, Michigan State University, Assistant Coach, Golf
Kelsy Ross, Bates College, Head Coach, Soccer
Ariana Ruela, Rutgers University–Newark, Head Coach, Soccer
Liza Ruetten, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Head Coach, Golf
Juliana Santos, Dominican University of California, Head Coach, Softball
Haley Schoolfield, Texas Christian University, Head Coach, Equestrian
Danielle Shelburne, Stetson University, Head Coach, Golf
Cori Smith, Utah State University, Director of Operations, Basketball
Julie Snodgrass, Azusa Pacific University, Head Coach, Water Polo
Julie Swiney, Slippery Rock University, Head Coach, Field Hockey
Ashley Walker, Mississippi Valley State University, Head Coach, Basketball
Beth Ann Wilson, Marymount University, Head Coach, Volleyball
Heather Young, Clemson University, Assistant Coach, Golf

For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

About the Alliance of Women Coaches
The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier organization that empowers the community of women coaches, across all sports and levels, with the education and resources they need to stay and advance in the profession. By providing a supportive network, inspiration and knowledge, and access to in-person and digital platforms, the Alliance is changing the landscape for women in coaching. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

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Alliance of Women Coaches Announces New Member to Board of Directors

April 25, 2018

The Alliance of Women Coaches has announced a new member, Kari Escobedo, to join the Board of Directors. Escobedo begins a three-year term.

“We are looking forward to Kari being on the Alliance of Women Coaches Board of Directors,” said Board of Directors President Cecile Reynaud. “She brings a business expertise that we can tap into, so we can continue to grow the organization and recruit, train and retain female coaches at all levels.”

Escobedo serves as the Executive Director of the Enterprise & Digital Services at Kaiser Permanente and is focused on Digital Transformation for Customer Experience, Digital & Mobile Channels and the Operations of the Enterprise functions of HR, Finance, Supply Chain, Content & Collaboration and Legal.

Throughout her career, Escobedo has served as Vice President of Enterprise Systems Application for Customer, Marketing and Mobile divisions for T-Mobile, as well as a Director of Information Management and CISO for Starbucks Coffee Company.

Outside of the workplace, Escobedo enjoys participating in a variety of organizations dedicated to the empowerment of children and women in STEM fields through IGNITE and Code.org, where she regularly speaks at schools and mentors young girls. She was also named Top 100 Diverse Leaders in STEM.

“I am excited to join the Alliance of Women Coaches Board at an exciting time in the organization’s growth and look forward to leveraging my past experience as a technologist and business transformation leader to provide advice as they continue to look at new areas of growth,” said Escobedo. “This role gives me the opportunity to blend my passion for women’s athletics that started back as a softball player in college and has only grown as I have coached and led women’s softball leagues at both the local and national levels, as well as the ability to help make positive impacts for my own children!”

The Alliance of Women Coaches is the premier membership organization dedicated to the recruitment, advancement and retention of women coaches of all sports and levels.

For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

About the Alliance of Women Coaches
The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier organization that empowers the community of women coaches, across all sports and levels, with the education and resources they need to stay and advance in the profession. By providing a supportive network, inspiration and knowledge, and access to in-person and digital platforms, the Alliance is changing the landscape for women in coaching. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

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Alliance of Women Coaches, Tampa Bay Sports Commission, and Sunshine State Conference partner to offer one-day workshop

February 28, 2018

The Alliance of Women Coaches, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, and the Sunshine State Conference have partnered to offer a one-day workshop for women coaches in the state of Florida.

“As an organization with a strong national presence, I am excited for the Alliance to offer this unique development opportunity to women coaches across the state,” said Megan Kahn, Alliance of Women Coaches Executive Director.

“The Tampa Bay Sports Commission is thrilled to be joining forces with the Alliance of Women Coaches and the Sunshine State Conference in hosting a Women Coaches Regional Workshop that is expected to draw female collegiate coaches from across the state.We are confident that our community and Amalie Arena will provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable and successful event,” said Claire Lessinger, TBSC Director of Special Events.

The event, scheduled for Monday, April 9 at Amalie Arena, will focus on relevant issues and common challenges women coaches face and will offer practical ideas that can be implemented immediately. The day will feature sessions and panels, headlined by Mary Wise, legendary head volleyball coach at the University of Florida, and will also include several successful coaches and administrators from around the state. Registration for the workshop opens today.

“The Sunshine State Conference is excited to partner with the Alliance of Women Coaches and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission to host this important workshop for women coaches, administrators and students in the conference’s footprint,” stated SSC Commissioner Ed Pasque. The Sunshine State Conference is the first NCAA Division II Conference to partner with the Alliance to host a regional workshop.

Please visit gocoaches.org for additional information on registration, schedule of events and speakers.

 

About the Alliance of Women Coaches
The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier organization that empowers the community of women coaches, across all sports and levels, with the education and resources they need to stay and advance in the profession. By providing a supportive network, inspiration and knowledge, and access to in-person and digital platforms, the Alliance is changing the landscape for women in coaching. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

About Tampa Bay Sports Commission
The Tampa Bay Sports Commission is a private, non-profit, 501c3, charitable corporation that serves the entire Tampa Bay area as the lead organization for bidding on and hosting premier sports and entertainment events. Through this, we will achieve our mission of creating social and economic impact throughout the Tampa Bay region. For more information, visit www.tampabaysports.org.

About the Sunshine State Conference
Founded in 1975, the Sunshine State Conference has risen from a single sports organization to the Division II “Conference of National Champions.” Since its inception, the conference has shown steady growth in sports played, membership, and national prominence. The SSC consists of 11 member institutions, all within the state of Florida: Barry University, Eckerd College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida Southern College, Lynn University, Nova Southeastern University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Rollins College, Saint Leo University, and the University of Tampa. For more information, visit www.sunshinestateconference.com.

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Alliance of Women Coaches in Partnership with the Tucker Center Releases Annual Report Card on Women in College Coaching

February 8, 2018

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota honored National Girls & Women in Sport

Day, Wednesday February 7, with the release of its annual Women in College Coaching Report Card.

Produced in collaboration with the Alliance of Women Coaches, the report documents the percentage of women in head coaching positions at institutions in seven select NCAA Division-I conferences (AAC, ACC, Big East, B1G Ten, Big 12, PAC-12, SEC) for 2017-18.

Key Findings:

  • The percentage of women head coaches of women’s teams went up for the 5th year in a row and is now at 41.5%
  • In 60% of vacant head coach positions, a male was hired, 14% were of female head coaches were replaced by a new male head coach
  • Cincinnati and University of Central Florida were the only institutions to be awarded an A grade.
  • Nine institutions earned F grades
  • None of the select 7 NCAA D-I conferences received above a C grade

To read the full report, download the infographic, discover how the report is making a difference, learn about interesting trends (including insight into which of the 86 select “big time” NCAA Division-I institutions, sports and conferences receive passing and failing grades, and see the NCAA D-III and D-II Report Cards visit the Tucker Center website: www.TuckerCenter.org

About the Alliance of Women Coaches
The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier organization that empowers the community of women coaches, across all sports and levels, with the education and resources they need to stay and advance in the profession. By providing a supportive network, inspiration and knowledge, and access to in-person and digital platforms, the Alliance is changing the landscape for women in coaching. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

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WBCA, Alliance of Women Coaches announce 2018 ‘So You Want To Be A Coach’ participants

January 22, 2018

ATLANTA — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, in partnership with the Alliance of Women Coaches, is pleased to announce the class for the 16th annual “So You Want To Be A Coach” program. Each member will participate in the three-day workshop with speakers provided by the Alliance on March 28-30 in conjunction with the WBCA Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

The objectives of the “So” program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women’s basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators, and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women’s basketball.

“ ‘So You Want To Be A Coach’ is the longest-running education program the WBCA offers, and it remains as popular with member coaches and student-athletes today as it was when it began 15 years ago,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “ ‘So’ is the entry point for women’s basketball players who want to coach. Because of their participation in it, more than 400 former college women’s basketball players are currently working as coaches or in some role in our sport. Our new partnership with the Alliance will enable us to make this already successful program even better.”

“The WBCA has set the bar high for the ‘So’ program,” said Megan Kahn, executive director of the Alliance of Women Coaches. “Joining in partnership, the Alliance is excited to help pave a way for these student-athletes to continue to be involved in the game of basketball. We look forward to welcoming, educating and inspiring these aspiring coaches.”

Here are the members of the 2018 “So You Want To Be A Coach” program class:

Name Institution
Dyandria Anderson University of Florida
Ashley Barker Marietta College
Khadijah Berger Temple University
Halie Bergman University of Nevada
Camden Boehner West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Quanetria Bolton University of Alabama
Kari Borowiak Concordia University (MI)
Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott University of Toledo
Ja’Da Brayboy University of North Carolina – Asheville
Molly Brown University of Southern Mississippi
Brandi Buie Jacksonville University
Shaylen Burnett Elon University
LeTisha Caldwell Cincinnati Christian University
Laura Castaldo University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Jasmine Cincore University of Nebraska
Emily Clemens Western Illinois University
Caitland Considine Coker College
Remy Davenport Truman State University
Jenny DeGraaf University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Jasmine Demers Buena Vista University
Jillian Dunston University of Michigan
Jennifer Dynis University of Illinois
Amanda Fioravanti Saint Joseph’s University
Maggie Flynn Flagler College
Danielle Franklin Valparaiso University
Adashia Franklyn Saint Joseph’s University
Taylor Gleason Oakland University
Tiara Goode Coppin State University
Brittany Greene University of Southern Mississippi
Shelby Holmes Eastern Nazarene College
Cassidy Joyner Lenoir-Rhyne University
Jordan Korinek Kent State University
Mackenzie Latt Davidson College
Hannah Lepaio Newberry College
Laney Lewis Ursuline College
Samantha Lisikatos State University College at Oneonta
Adebisi Mabodu University of North Texas
Kelsey McClure University of West Georgia
Lulu McKinney Texas A&M University
Camille McPherson Moravian College
Jalisa Mitchell Harris Stowe State University
Kolby Morgan Tulane University
Brooke Orcutt Case Western Reserve University
Abby Owings Thomas More College
Charnelle Reed Lewis University
Chantel Roberts Chowan University
Brianna Rowe Concordia University (MI)
Allison Spaschak Ithaca College
Madeline Staples University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Ni’ya Styles University of Mount Olive
Amani Tatum Manhattan College
Naqaiyyah Teague Jacksonville University
Sheana Vega Liberty University
Anna Walther Roger Williams University
Monterika Warren Bethune Cookman University
Aries Washington University of Missouri – Kansas City
Dominique Williams University of California – Los Angeles
Emily Wood University of Nebraska
Bre Zanders Lindenwood University
Camille Zimmerman Columbia University
Kat Wright University of Arizona
Danielle Williams University of Michigan

“So” participants are provided with professional development and career networking opportunities. They will learn about the administrative side of coaching, recruiting, how to get hired, skill development, the importance of knowing the rules, and how to balance work and life.

Qualified candidates are selected from a list of nominees who have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. The candidate’s head coach must nominate them and be an active WBCA member. Each participant is picked based on her academics, contributions to women’s basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from their head coach.

The WBCA “So” program has graduated 814 participants in its 15-year history. Of these, 54 percent (not counting the 2017 class) are currently working in women’s or girls’ basketball at various levels of the profession. A total of 53 “So” alumni are head women’s or girls’ basketball coaches — five in NCAA Division I, three in NCAA Division II, 11 in NCAA Division III, one in the NAIA, four on the two-year college level, and 29 on the high school level.

Visit www.WBCA.org for more information on the “So” program.

About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.

About the Alliance of Women Coaches
The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier organization that empowers the community of women coaches, across all sports and levels, with the education and resources they need to stay and advance in the profession. By providing a supportive network, inspiration and knowledge, and access to in-person and digital platforms, the Alliance is changing the landscape for women in coaching. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.

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