NEWS RELEASES

April 17, 2024 – WeCOACH TEAMS UP WITH DIGITAL COMMUNITY PLATFORM VOICEINSPORT TO KEEP GIRLS IN THE GAME
March 5, 2024 – WeCOACH Announces New Section-Wide Partnership with USTA Southern
February 13, 2024 – WeCOACH Announces New Two-Year Agreement with the Missouri Valley Conference
February 9, 2024 – Marines Announced as WeCOACH Mission Partner
February 7, 2024 – WeCOACH Announces 2023-24 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
January 19, 2024 – WeCOACH Announces Hudl as Inaugural Mission Partner
January 16, 2024 – WeCOACH Announces Jostens as Official WeCELEBRATE Moments Partner
January 8, 2024 – New WeCOACH Board Members Announced; Tucker Begins Term as Board President
December 8, 2023 – The Big Ten Conference Provides Conference-Wide Membership for Women Coaches with WeCOACH
November 13, 2023 – WeCOACH Launches WeELEVATE: Empowering Women Assistant Coaches to Achieve Coaching Excellence
November 6, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces Upgraded League-Wide Membership with the Ivy League
November 1, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces New Partnership with FSU COACH
October 30, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces Promotion for Team Member Lizzy Ristano
October 16, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces New Conference-Wide Membership with the Southern Conference
October 13, 2023 – WeCOACH Introduces Endeavor as New Champion of the Mentor Program
October 12, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces New Association-Wide Membership with the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association
October 6, 2023 – WeCOACH Launches WeCONNECT Women Coaches: A Coach-Led & Coach-Inspired Program for Peer-to Peer Learning
September 20, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces Membership Renewals with Madera Unified School District & Oswego School District 308
September 8, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces New Conference-Wide Membership with the MAAC
August 31, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces New League-Wide Membership with The Summit League
August 30, 2023 – Big 12 Upgrades Conference Membership with WeCOACH
August 28, 2023 – BIG EAST Renews with Upgraded Conference Membership
August 25, 2023 – WeCOACH Aims to Increase Impact in Year Two as Divisions II and III Development Program Grows
August 18, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces Association-Wide Membership Renewal with the California Community College Athletic Association
August 16, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces New Conference-Wide Membership with the Northeast Conference
August 14, 2023 – Atlantic 10 Conference Renews with Upgraded WeCOACH Membership
August 11, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces Conference-Wide Membership with the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
August 9, 2023 – Horizon League Upgrades Membership with WeCOACH
August 7, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces League-Wide Membership with the Patriot League
August 4, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces Conference-Wide Membership with the Atlantic Coast Conference
August 1, 2023 – Tucker Center Releases 11th Annual Report Card on Women in College Coaching
July 24, 2023 – WeCOACH to Host 2023 Youth & High School Women Coaches Academy
July 7, 2023 – WeCOACH Introduces Two New Staff Members Dedicated to MOVE the NUMBERS
May 15, 2023 – WeCOACH to Host 2023 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Programs
May 8, 2023 – WeCOACH Celebrates 20 Years of NCAA Women Coaches Academy
April 25, 2023 – WeCOACH Extends Partnership with The United States Marine Corps
March 6, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces New Partnership with University of Nevada, Reno Sports Management Program
February 21, 2023 – WeCOACH Partners with Conferences Representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) 
February 16, 2023 – WeCOACH Expands Partnership with Return on Inclusion™
January 31, 2023 – WeCOACH Announces New Two-Year Partnership with Gatorade Performance Partner
January 30, 2023 – Meet New WeCOACH Board Members; Huge Begins Term as Board President
December 13, 2022 – WeCOACH Hosts Inaugural CATCH A VISION Workshop for Aspiring Women Coaches
November 30, 2022 – WeCOACH Receives $125,000 Grant from Truist to Support WeAMPLIFY
October 24, 2022 – Forty Conferences Participating in New Divisions II & III Development Program
October 14, 2022 – WeCOACH Introduces Team of Staff Dedicated to MOVE the NUMBERS
October 10, 2022 – WeCOACH Announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
September 22, 2022 – WeCOACH Announces Association-Wide Membership with the California Community College Athletic Association
August 29, 2022 – WeCOACH Introduces New Member Benefits Partners Program
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

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WeCOACH TEAMS UP WITH DIGITAL COMMUNITY PLATFORM VOICEINSPORT TO KEEP GIRLS IN THE GAME

April 17, 2024

NEW YORK, April 17th, 2024 On April 17th, WeCOACH and VOICEINSPORT (VIS) have announced a new community partnership aimed at keeping girls in sport and developing more women coaches in the sports industry. VIS, a woman-founded digital platform providing mentorship, content & mental health services, and WeCOACH, a non profit organization dedicated to recruiting, advancing and retaining women coaches, are committed to driving change across the industry for girls and women in sports.

“To keep girls in sport, we need to rethink the ecosystem and that includes dramatically increasing the number of women coaches,” said Founder and CEO of VOICEINSPORT, Stef Strack. “It is imperative that we increase the educational content that young women athletes have access to during their journey and there is no better way to do that than through a community of dedicated women coaches. I’m proud to announce a new community partner with WeCOACH that will help arm so many coaches and young women athletes with resources and services that will help keep girls in sport.”

In this partnership the VOICEINSPORT platform will unlock mentoring services and free educational content to over 15,000 girls in sport through the 2,000+ coaches of girls teams in the WeCOACH community.

The services will include access to free mentoring thanks to the VOICEINSPORT x WNBA Changemaker partnership announced in February 7th, where 16 WNBA players currently serving as VIS Mentors will continue mentoring on the VIS platform, including Ariel Atkins (Washington Mystics), Aliyah Boston (Indiana Fever), Alysha Clark (Las Vegas Aces), Natasha Cloud (Phoenix Mercury), Izzy Harrison (Chicago Sky), Lexie Hull (Indiana Fever), Betnijah Laney-Hamilton (New York Liberty), Haley Jones (Atlanta Dream), Nneka Ogwumike (Seattle Storm), Satou Sabally (Dallas Wings), Katie Lou Samuelson (Indiana Fever), Erica Wheeler (Indiana Fever), Zia Cooke (LA Sparks), Kayla McBride (Minnesota Lynx), Brionna Jones (Connecticut Sun) and Brianna Turner (Chicago Sky).

Launching this month, the VOICEINSPORT platform will provide access to services to thousands of girls in sport through the support of the coaches in the WeCOACH network. Since its launch in 2019, the VIS mission of bringing more visibility to women athletes and elevating their voices has been central to building out the platform’s services with over 300+ professional athlete VIS Mentors and 95+ VIS Experts in Sport Psychology, Nutrition and Women’s Health.

WeCOACH is the first of a select group of community partners that will be announced over the next few months that will benefit from the VOICEINSPORT partnership with the WNBA. WeCOACH member coaches will sign up their teams at VOICEINSPORT and unlock professional athlete mentoring and educational content for their young girls and women athletes. Throughout the year, the VIS platform and the 16 WNBA player VIS Mentors will conduct over 144 Live VIS Virtual Mentoring Sessions for athletes in the WeCOACH community sponsored by the WNBA Changemakers.

“We are honored to join forces with VOICEINSPORT, aligning our missions to empower and elevate girls and women in sports. Together, we’re not just breaking barriers; we’re building bridges of opportunity and equality. By merging the impactful mentoring initiatives of VIS along with WeCOACH’s dedication to advancing women coaches, we’re forging a path towards a future where every girl has the support, mentorship, and opportunities she deserves to thrive both on and off the field. Together, we will MOVE the NUMBERS,” said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO.”

WeCOACH established its mission in 2011 to recruit, advance, and retain women coaches in all sports and levels. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 7% women head coaches of color (all divisions). At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women.

WeCOACH is focused on Moving the Numbers and a partnership with VOICEINSPORT, the largest global community of professional athlete mentors, will help to create an even bigger pipeline of talent into the sports ecosystem. In 2024, this community partnership between WeCOACH and VOICEINSPORT will start by tackling one key part of their collective mission, to keep girls in the game.

For more information on the resources that coaches can unlock for their teams click here. For more information on the VOICEINSPORT x WNBA Changemaker Partnership click here.

Reach out to team@voiceinsport.com for more information about getting your team onboarded.

About VOICEINSPORT
VOICEINSPORT, the global sports company, provides a community-based platform for digital services in mental health, nutrition, sport science and mentoring from pro athletes to keep girls and women in sport. The VOICEINSPORT membership comes with free access to original articles written by women athletes, weekly podcasts, advocacy tools to drive change and a community forum. Paid services include a mentoring platform designed to increase the visibility to pro & collegiate athlete role models and access to both clinical & non-clinical sessions with the top 80 experts in sport psychology, sport nutrition and women’s health. Founded in 2019, VOICEINSPORT is based in NYC and is self-funded by sports industry Executive and Advocate Stef Strack. Visit www.voiceinsport.com for the latest company news and follow @voiceinsport on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, X and LinkedIn.

About WeCoach
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 7% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces New Section-Wide Patnership with USTA Southern

March 5, 2024

March 5, 2024 – WeCOACH is excited to announce a section-wide partnership with the United

States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern Section. The partnership will impact current and new women coaches by providing complimentary membership to women tennis coaches who live in USTA Southern, which includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. With over 167,000 members, the USTA Southern represents more than 26 percent of the USTA membership.

“I am very excited about partnering with the WeCOACH organization. USTA Southern knows that the need for female coaches is an important aspect of the organization and the growth of our sport. Teaming up with WeCOACH and providing professional development and networking opportunities between our two organizations is essential to fulfilling our USTA Southern goals. Having young female athletes look up to female professionals is priceless. We can do some things alone, but together with WeCOACH, we can do so much more,” said Maria Cercone, USTA Southern Director, Junior Competition & Player Development.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with WeCOACH. Together, we’re serving a winning strategy to elevate professional development for all female coaches in our Southern Section. Our goal is clear: Empower coaches with the tools to broaden networks, deepen expertise, and emerge as exceptional leaders in tennis. Female coaches are crucial for the growth and health of our sport and are key in helping the next generation of tennis players. This marks a historic moment as USTA Southern becomes the first USTA section to align with such a premier coaches’ organization,” said Matt Olson, USTA Southern Executive Director & COO.

USTA Southern members will now have access to various premier programs that will help them grow professionally. These programs include the Youth & High School Women Coaches Academy, Regional Workshops, Mentor Program, Video Chats, WeAMPLIFY (women of color initiative), and the About Time podcast. In addition, this partnership also offers access to two new programs, WeCONNECT Women Coaches, which is a peer-to-peer learning opportunity led by coaches, and WeELEVATE, a program that focuses on assistant and associate-head coaches who aspire to become head coaches.

“USTA Southern has pioneered an initiative to help promote the growth and development of the women coaches in their Section. We are impressed with their vision, intentionality, and efforts to effectively identify and recruit more women coaches to ensure diversity within their tennis community. We are proud to be a resource and excited to welcome the USTA Southern coaches into our community,” said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO.

To learn more about WeCOACH programs and member benefits, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/why-join.

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ABOUT USTA SOUTHERN
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the U.S. Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the U.S. Open Series linking six summer tournaments to the U.S. Open. In addition, it owns about 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic games. A not- for-profit organization with more than 515,000+ members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It is divided into 17 sections, of which USTA Southern is the largest. The 168,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up USTA Southern, and account for 26.8 percent of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Peachtree Corners, Ga., carries out USTA Southern’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a board and committee structure of more than 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit USTA.com/Southern.

 

ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces New Two-Year Agreement with the Missouri Valley Conference

February 13, 2024

February 13, 2024 – WeCOACH is excited to announce a new two-year conference-wide agreement with the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). This partnership will have far-reaching impact, benefiting nearly 200 coaches in 20 different sports across the 12 MVC member institutions. With the mission to recruit, advance, and retain women coaches in all sports and levels, WeCOACH offers year-round professional development programs and an empowering community that will contribute to the success and longevity of MVC women coaches.

“The partnership between WeCOACH and the Missouri Valley Conference is critical, not only for the resources and benefits that will be provided to the incredible women working across the Valley, but also for the opportunity to contribute to the Move the Numbers initiative,” said MVC Commissioner Jeff Jackson. “If she can see her, she can be her is a sentiment that resonates, but this partnership represents so much more and will have a much bigger, and lasting impact.”

MVC women coaches will have access to premier programs such as the NCAA Women Coaches Academy & Academy 2.0, Regional Workshops, Mentor Program, Video Chats, WeAMPLIFY (women of color initiative), and the About Time podcast. This membership also includes access to our two newest programs, WeCONNECT Women Coaches, a new coach-led, coach-inspired peer-to-peer learning opportunity, and WeELEVATE, a program dedicated to assistant and associate-head coaches with aspirations to become head coaches.

“As the second-oldest conference in the country, the MVC offers a rich history of academic and athletic performance. This partnership reflects the commitment Commissioner Jackson and the MVC leadership have to advance the professional growth of their women coaches and foster diversity and inclusion within its coaching community. WeCOACH is proud to welcome the Missouri Valley Conference,” said WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options/ or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

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ABOUT THE MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE
The Missouri Valley Conference the nation’s second-oldest NCAA Division I conference continues to be a leader in college athletics and is one of the nation’s most progressive conferences, celebrating its 117th season in 2023-24. The Valley brand remains very strong, both regionally and nationally, and the great athletic tradition of the Conference remains a compelling force in recruiting student-athletes and in marketing all the MVC programs. League members have worked together to focus on common goals and objectives, placing a high value on league harmony, while continuing to invest in athletic programs to compete at the highest level. For more information visit mvc-sports.com.

ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

Marines Announced as WeCOACH Mission Partner

February 9, 2024

February 9, 2024 – Now in its fifth year, WeCOACH is thrilled to announce the United States Marine Corps (USMC) as a Mission Partner. This partnership expansion will create multiple opportunities for WeCOACH members to build relationships with and engage in leadership programming offered by the Marines, including, but not limited, to the annual USMC Educators and Coaches Workshops. Applications are currently open for the 2024 USMC Coaches Workshops.

This collaborative partnership includes Marine presence and support across all WeCOACH programs and events. Marines representatives will conduct sessions on the topic of leadership during each of the 2024 WeCOACH Academy programs: the June 2024 WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academy and Youth & High School Women Coaches Academy.

“The United States Marine Corps looks forward to working with the coaches and community of WeCOACH,” said Lt. Col. Rob Dolan. “Our partnership with WeCOACH creates and forges advocacy among a diverse group of female coaches who cultivate a fighting spirit among their athletes.”

The Marines have a mission that aligns with the work WeCOACH members do every day. The United States Marine Corps Influencer Program offers coaches, teams, and athletics administrators local community-engagement opportunities such as Marine-led leadership presentations, team workouts, team talks, and community service projects. The annual Marine Corps Educators & Coaches Workshops offer coaches the opportunity to learn more about aspirational service to the nation while networking with other coaches looking to improve their teams and student outcomes.

“Every year our partnership with the Marine Corps continues to elevate and expand to have greater impact. Our members establish relationships with USMC representatives during our programs and then invite them to work with their teams on campus to provide leadership training and team building workouts. The Marines offer incredible resources to our Community, and we are proud to have the Marines partner to cultivate leadership skills within our coaches,” said WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs.

Coaches and Marines both share a passion for transforming young people into high-caliber citizens of our great Nation. Through this partnership, WeCOACH is able to spread public awareness of the Marine Corps’ purpose and core values.

  • To apply for the 2024 USMC Coaches Workshops, click here.
  • To become a Marine Influencer and invite Marine representatives to your campus to work with your team, click here.
  • To learn more about our partnership with the USMC, click here click here.

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ABOUT THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

You don’t join the Marines. You become one.”

Ours is a noble path and demanding journey reserved for those with the willingness to engage and determination to defeat all mental, moral, and physical requirements to become Marines. In or out of uniform, it’s the fighting spirit found inside every Marine that drives them to victory.

Even as our recruiting force faces the most challenging recruiting environment since the establishment of the all-volunteer force, we continue to demand this fighting spirit from all who wish to earn the title “Marine.”

The United States Marine Corps recognizes the role of coaches, educators, mentors, and parents who inspire that fighting spirit, and we need your help in finding the future leaders of our force.

Whether your interest lies in helping us identify high-achieving students and athletes or inviting us to help you motivate students and steer them toward success, we would like to get to know you.

To learn more about the United States Marine Corps, click here.

ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces 2023-24 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

February 7, 2024

February 7, 2024 – On National Girls & Women in Sports Day, WeCOACH is proud to announce five recipients of the 2023-24 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Jostens. The prestigious WeCOACH Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to women in sports who succeed at the highest levels in their respective careers, while also displaying an unwavering commitment, pioneering spirit, and trailblazing leadership to empower and pave the way for girls and women in all sports and levels to breakthrough for many generations to come.

This year’s recipients include Coach Missy Foote (retired), Middlebury College Head Women’s Lacrosse & Field Hockey Coach; Dr. Christine Grant (posthumous), University of Iowa Director of Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics & former Field Hockey Coach; Coach Beverly “Bev” Kearney, former University of Texas Women’s Track & Field Head Coach and Founder of InPursuit of Dreams Inc.; Coach C. Vivian Stringer (retired), Rutgers University Head Women’s Basketball Coach; and Sister Lynn Winsor, Xavier College Preparatory Vice-Principal of Activities, Athletic Director, and Co-Head Girls Golf Coach.

“WeCOACH is privileged to have these women as special members of our community. We are honored to celebrate their inspirational achievements and the profound influence they have had on the athletes they coached. Each of these remarkable women have demonstrated a pioneering spirit throughout their careers, paving the way for future generations of coaches and athletes. Through their groundbreaking efforts, they have not only achieved unprecedented success, they have also opened doors and created opportunities for others to follow in their footsteps. They have advocated for gender equity, diversity, and inclusion, striving to create a more equitable and inclusive playing field for all. WeCOACH could not be more thrilled to bestow upon them our highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs.

Past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Jill Ellis, Muffet McGraw, Violet Palmer, Nikki Franke, Carol Hutchins, and Jodi Manore. The 2023-24 honorees will receive their custom designed awards by Jostens on June 17 in Denver, Colorado in conjunction with the WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academies.

About Coach Missy Foote

Missy Foote’s remarkable legacy at Middlebury College as both a coach and administrator were pivotal in shaping the institution’s athletic landscape for nearly four decades. Over 34 years, she steered the Panthers women’s lacrosse program to unparalleled heights, with an impressive streak of 14 consecutive NCAA final four appearances and five national titles. Her 422 career wins (422-114-1) ranked third in Division III history and placed her top four in all NCAA divisions at the time she retired in 2015. For lacrosse, Foote was a five-time National Coach of the Year, eight-time Regional Coach of the Year, and six-time NESCAC Coach of the Year. In field hockey, Foote’s 21-year tenure saw significant success with an overall record of 180-95-12, highlighted by an NCAA Championship in 1998. She earned numerous accolades, including Division III Regional and National Coach-of-the-Year honors twice (1994 and 1998) and two ECAC titles. Foote also coached basketball and swimming in addition to serving as Middlebury’s Senior Woman Administrator and Director of Physical Education, further solidifying her status as a multifaceted leader within the athletic department. Foote’s legacy is enshrined in Halls of Fame at the national, regional, and state levels, a testament to her enduring impact on the sport and her lasting influence on the Middlebury athletic tradition. Her decades of service exemplify a rare blend of coaching excellence, administrative leadership, and dedication to student-athlete development, leaving an indelible mark on Middlebury College and the broader athletic community. Read more about Coach Foote here.

About Dr. Christine Grant

Dr. Christine Grant was a nationally renowned athletics leader, trailblazing pioneer, and strong voice in the fight for gender equity in athletics. Grant, a native of Scotland played and coached field hockey in both her native country and Canada before coming to the University of Iowa to continue her education. In 1973, she made history by becoming Iowa’s first director of women’s intercollegiate athletics. As AD, her 12 Hawkeye programs won 27 Big Ten Championships, and in 1985, Dr. Grant hired fellow lifetime achievement recipient, C. Vivian Stringer, the first black women’s basketball coach in Big Ten Conference history. A founding member of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), Dr. Grant played a significant role in the full implementation of Title IX as a consultant for the Civil Rights Title IX Task Force. Dr. Grant’s distinguished career earned her many accolades and honors including the NCAA’s 2007 Gerald R. Ford Award, the prestigious Billie Jean King Award presented by the Women’s Sports Foundation (1995), three honorary doctorates, and induction into the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame (2006). This year, Dr. Grant will also be inducted into the Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame and USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame. She retired from Iowa on August 31, 2000. From the beginning of the WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academies in 2003, Dr. Grant served as a faculty member presenting on Title IX and an Academy Scholarship has been established in her memory by WeCOACH co-founder, Judith M. Sweet. Sadly, we lost Dr. Christine Grant on December 31, 2021. Read more about Dr. Grant here.

About Coach Beverly “Bev” Kearney

Coach Bev Kearney’s remarkable achievements and accolades set her apart as one of the most successful and decorated coaches in collegiate athletics. Over her 30-year career, Coach Bev’s teams captured seven NCAA National Championships. Six championships were won while leading the University of Texas Women’s Track & Field program (Indoor: 1998, 1999, 2005; Outdoor: 1998, 1999, 2006), and her first was secured as head coach at the University of Florida (Indoor–1992). While at Texas, Kearney’s teams finished in the top three at NCAA’s 14 times and an impressive total of 36 NCAA top-10 finishes. Additionally, Kearney clinched 22 conference titles across the Big 12 Conference, Southwest Conference, and the SEC. Kearney’s individual achievements as a coach are equally extraordinary, including 39 Coach of the Year awards. In 2008, Coach Bev received the Lifetime Achievement Award from her alma mater, Auburn University. She is only the second woman in history and the first ever African American to receive this esteemed award. Today, Coach Bev’s coaching can be seen through her nonprofit, InPursuit of Dreams, dedicated to helping individuals reconnect with their life’s purpose, passions, and dreams. Her methods are drawn from her coaching experience as well as her remarkable recovery from a near-tragic automobile accident that left Coach Bev paralyzed in 2002. Read more about Coach Bev here.

About Coach C. Vivian Stringer

Coach C. Vivian Stringer has been a pioneer, visionary, and leader during her four decades on the hardwood and her extraordinary achievements in women’s college basketball solidify her as one of the most influential and successful coaches in NCAA history. Stringer holds the distinction of being the first coach in NCAA history to lead three different women’s programs to the NCAA Final Four. She achieved this milestone with Rutgers in 2000 and 2007, the University of Iowa in 1993, and Cheyney State College (now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania) in 1982. Her Cheyney State Lady Wolves team remains the only HBCU program, women’s or men’s, to appear in an NCAA Division I Final Four or National Championship game. She surpassed the monumental 1,000 career victory mark in November 2018, the fifth NCAA Division I women’s basketball coach and the first African American coach to reach the milestone. She retired ranked fifth all-time in NCAA women’s basketball history with 1,055 career victories and became the NCAA record holder with 37 seasons of 20 or more victories. Stringer’s contributions to the sport have been widely recognized and honored throughout her career. She was honored as the Naismith National Coach of the Year for women’s basketball in 1993 and in 2020 received the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award. Additionally, Coach Stringer has been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame including the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2001) and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (2009), further solidifying her legacy as a coaching legend. Read more about Coach C. Vivian Stringer here.

About Sister Lynn Winsor

Sister Lynn Winsor’s exemplary leadership, dedication to excellence, and unwavering commitment to advocating for equal rights in high school athletics has earned her widespread admiration across the high school sports community and beyond. Leading as the Head Girls Golf Coach at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, AZ since 1974, she has established a storied program, leading her team to a national record 37 golf state championship titles and an astonishing 28 titles in 30 years. Sister Lynn has also made significant contributions as the Athletic Director at Xavier College Preparatory, overseeing a remarkable 149 State Championships across various sports. Beyond coaching, Sister Lynn’s role as Vice Principal for Activities at Xavier College Preparatory since 1977 underscores her commitment to providing a quality education and empowering young women in a Catholic high school setting. Sister Lynn’s advocacy to ban sex-based discrimination in school athletics further highlights her trailblazing commitment to equity, inclusion and fairness across all playing fields, ensuring that all students, regardless of gender, have equal opportunities. Her tireless efforts over the past four decades have garnered an impressive list of well-earned honors that include numerous Athletic Director and Coach of the Year honors as well as the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) highest honor, the NIAAA Award of Merit (2006); NFHS National High School Hall of Fame (2023); NFHS/ AIA Title IX Woman Trailblazer of the Year (2021); and the 2022 Most Influential Woman in Arizona Sport. Read more about Sister Lynn Winsor here.

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 is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

ABOUT THE WeCOACH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The prestigious WeCOACH Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to women in sports who succeed at the highest levels in their respective careers, while also displaying an unwavering commitment, pioneering spirit, and trailblazing leadership to empower and pave the way for girls and women in all sports and levels to breakthrough for many generations to come. Jostens, as our official WeCELEBRATE Moments Partner, provides each honoree with a custom designed award to commemorate their lifetime achievements. Prior WeCOACH Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients include: Jill Ellis (2019), Muffet McGraw (2020), Violet Palmer (2021), Nikki Franke (2022), Carol Hutchins (2022), and Jodi Manore (2022).

WeCOACH Announces Hudl as Inaugural Mission Partner

January 19, 2024

January 19, 2024 WeCOACH is excited to announce Hudl, the global leader in performance analysis technology, as the organization’s first Mission Partner. Through this partnership, Hudl’s generous investment in the WeCOACH mission will have a year-round presence and impact on our growing community of women coaches, and elevate our efforts to recruit, advance, and retain women in coaching.

“At Hudl, we’re committed to leveling the playing field in sports, not just for athletes and teams, but for the coaches leading them. Our shared mission with WeCOACH has helped create incredible moments together for the coaching community, including the BreakThrough Summit and the About Time podcast. As we celebrate five years of making a meaningful impact together on thousands of people, we’re excited to deepen this collaboration as a Mission Partner and continue to shape the future of women leaders in sports,” shared Hudl’s Chief People and Legal Officer Jasmine Kingsley.

A longtime provider of scholarships to both the WeCOACH Youth & High School Women Coaches Academy, as well as the WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academy, the additional programs impacted through support from Hudl include the Divisions II & III Development Program and the new WeELEVATE Assistant Coaches Workshops. In addition, Hudl and WeCOACH launched in September the new About Time podcast to empower women and girls through the personal journeys of successful women in sports. This podcast explores key topics in women’s sports and inspires the next generation to find their own path.

“Hudl continues to step up and lead the way to empower women in sport through their significant commitment to and investment in equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are proud to align with a

partner that has infused such an impressive culture within the Hudl brand and across all of the talented team members who lead their company. Hudl is a cherished partner in our WeCOACH Community, and we are thrilled to expand our collaborations to impact even greater change,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about Hudl and all WeCOACH partners, visit wecoachsports.org/get- involved/wecoach-partners. To learn more about WeCOACH programs and member benefits, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/why-join.

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ABOUT HUDL
Hudl empowers more than 220,000 teams globally to reach their potential. A complete suite of video and data products ensures coaches and teams at every level of sport have the information and insights they need to be their best. Our smart cameras capture every second of the action, and our software makes video easy to access, analyze, share and learn from. That video also enables athletes to get recruited and teams at every level to find their next star. And fans and communities who want to be part of the action can connect to livestreaming, athlete highlights and team profiles. That’s why more than 8M users across 40+ sports trust Hudl for every moment that matters to them. Learn more at Hudl.com.

ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces Jostens as Official WeCELEBRATE Moments Partner

January 16, 2024

January 16, 2023 – WeCOACH is excited to announce an expanded partnership with Jostens, the leading provider of championship jewelry and awards. The renewed partnership will feature Jostens as the official WeCELEBRATE Moments partner of WeCOACH, producing awards for our annual WeCOACH awards program that includes Lifetime Achievement Awards, Coach of the Month, as well as recognition awarded during each Academy program.

“Jostens has been a special part of creating celebration moments for our WeCOACH Community since 2019 and we are excited to expand their impact to all aspects of our annual recognition and awards initiatives. We are grateful for Jostens’ leadership who are passionately committed to helping advance our mission.” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

Jostens will also be a part of the WeCOACH Member Benefits Program, offering members complimentary and/or discounted products and services to celebrate championship moments as an exclusive WeCOACH member benefit. As the premier storyteller of champions, Jostens is trusted by more schools, colleges and professional sports teams than any other manufacturer.

“Jostens is extremely proud to partner with WeCOACH and grateful for the impact they are making for women coaches everywhere,” said Chris Poitras, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Jostens Professional & College Sports Division. “Not only are we thrilled to help celebrate and recognize WeCOACH members throughout the year, we are also excited to be able to offer benefits to WeCOACH members at one of the pinnacle celebratory moments of their coaching careers – winning a championship.”

WeTEACH. WeINSPIRE. WeMOTIVATE. WeLEAD. WeCOACH!

Recipients of the 2023 WeCOACH Lifetime Achievement Awards presented by Jostens will be announced in the first quarter of 2024. Past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Jill Ellis, Muffet McGraw, Violet Palmer, Nikki Franke, Carol Hutchins, and Jodi Manore.

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 is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

New WeCOACH Board Members Announced; Tucker Begins Term as Board President

January 8, 2024

January 8, 2024 – The WeCOACH Board of Directors announced the addition of three new board members: Dr. Lisa Langston, Penny Lucas-White, and Anthony Thomas, each of whom begin their three- year terms this month.

Tiffany D. Tucker, Deputy Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator at UNC-Wilmington assumed the role of Board President, effective January 1. Ann Walker, a longtime former coach and administrator, began her term as president-elect, and Teresa Gould, Pac-12 Conference Deputy Commissioner, transitions to past president. These leadership positions are one-year progressive terms.

“I am extremely honored for the opportunity to serve as President of the WeCOACH Board of Directors in 2024 and to impact the members of this exceptional organization that is focused on elevating women coaches. We need more women leaders coaching boys, girls, men, and women at every level of sport, and I’m excited to work with our talented Board members and Team WeCOACH to continue the impressive upward trajectory this year.”

“Following a monumental year for our organization, the addition of these longtime professionals will help us continue to achieve unprecedented goals. Their experience and expertise across several different sports and levels, coupled with Tiffany’s respected leadership, is key to advancing the WeCOACH mission to recruit, advance and retain women coaches. I am very excited for our staff and membership to have the opportunity to work closely with and learn from these passionate board members,” said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO.

Get to know your new Board members:

Dr. Lisa L. Langston (CMAA) is the Director of Athletics for the Fort Worth Independent School District, the fourth largest school district in the state of Texas. She’s a member of the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame and still ranks amongst their all-time women’s basketball leaders in both scoring and steals. In April 2024, Dr. Langston will be inducted to the Dallas Independent School District Athletic Hall of Fame. In December 2020, she was elected President of the NIAAA (National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association), the first Black female to ever hold that position. She continues to serve the NIAAA as a member of their national faculty.

Lisa has served as faculty for multiple WeCOACH programs including the Youth & High School Women Coaches Academy.

Penny Lucas-White is the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Alabama State University. 2023 marked her 13th season at the helm where she reached the 1,000 matches coached milestone. A seasoned veteran with 31 years coaching experience, Penny also coached at Memphis and Air Force Academy. She has received four conference Coach of the Year honors and is an eight-time conference champion. An accomplished student-athlete in her own right, Lucas-White was a former U.S. National Team player who also played domestically in the United States Volleyball League and internationally in Italy and Germany. Penny is a 2005 WCA Class #5 graduate who has remained highly engaged with WeCOACH over the years, including as a speaker for multiple programs and events. Penny is currently a member of the USAV Board of Directors.

Anthony E. Thomas (CAA) is the Director of Athletics and Physical Education at San Francisco University High School. Anthony is also the Co- Founder and President of the National Minority Athletic Directors Association (NOMAD), a professional organization that provides resources, such as mentoring, the sharing of ideas, networking, and leadership development to increase membership, participation, and opportunities for minority and underrepresented athletic directors. He has also led at Francis Parker School, Convent & Stuart Hall, The Branson School, International School, and Sacred Heart Preparatory School.

Anthony has served as faculty for multiple WeCOACH programs including the Youth & High School Women Coaches Academy.

For a complete list of WeCOACH Board of Directors, please click here.

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About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

The Big Ten Conference Provides Conference-Wide Membership for Women Coaches with WeCOACH

December 8, 2023

December 8, 2023 WeCOACH is pleased to announce a two-year conference-wide membership with the Big Ten Conference. This membership includes all 14 member institutions. The membership will also include new members, including UCLA, USC, the University of Washington and the University of Oregon, when they join the Conference in 2024.

“Our membership with WeCOACH is yet another way in which the Big Ten Conference and its institutions support and invest in women’s sports. We’re excited for the partnership with WeCOACH and look forward to working with them.” Rebecca Pany, Senior Vice President, Sports Administration.

The Big Ten’s unlimited membership is active immediately, allowing each of the conference’s 14 institutions to enroll an unlimited number of female coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH such as the WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academy & Academy 2.0, Regional Workshops, Mentor Program, Video Chats, WeAMPLIFY (women of color initiative), WeCONNECT Women Coaches, and newly created WeELEVATE Women Coaches focused on preparing women who want to become head coaches.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to impact and elevate the women coaches in the Big Ten. The recent data included in the Tucker Center report demonstrates we have entered a new era of incline for women in coaching where the Big Ten was highlighted for leading the way. We applaud the Big Ten leadership under Commissioner Petitti’s guidance for their investment and modeling what support looks like for women in sport,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options/, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Launches WeELEVATE: Empowering Women Assistant Coaches to Achieve Coaching Excellence

November 13, 2023

November 13, 2023 WeCOACH proudly debuts another mission-advancing leadership program, WeELEVATE Women Coaches, designed to empower assistant coaches with the confidence, skills, and readiness to lead as head coaches. The first WeELEVATE virtual workshop will debut December 11, featuring a coach panel led by representatives from Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA) focused on strategies assistant and associate coaches can implement to make a purposeful transition to head coaching.

“Through WeELEVATE, our organization will take a greater leadership role to assist athletics directors and hiring managers with identifying talented women coaches in all sports and levels who are ready to take the next step in their coaching careers. This program will equip assistant coaches with deeper knowledge and skills needed to realize their coaching aspirations while also furthering our mission to advance and retain women coaches. We are grateful to leadership at the ACC and Pac-12 for giving us the inspiration for this new initiative,” Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

This program aims to build a diverse and well-qualified pool of head coaching candidates within the WeCOACH Community. Quarterly WeELEVATE workshops will underscore the key expectations and unique demands placed on head coaches while also imparting strategies for taking on more prominent leadership roles as assistant coaches to gain exposure to critical experiences necessary to elevate into a head coach role. Seasoned head coaches alongside individuals stepping into their first head coaching roles will share wisdom and invaluable insights related to navigating the search and interview process, mastering contract negotiations, hiring a staff, fostering positive coach-administrative relationships, and more.

Registration is now open for current WeCOACH members across all sports and coaching levels. To learn more about WeELEVATE Women Coaches or to register, visit: wecoachsports.org/weelevate. To learn more about all WeCOACH programs and member benefits, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/why-join, or email info@wecoachsports.org.

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ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces Upgraded League-Wide Membership with the Ivy League

November 6, 2023

November 6, 2023 – WeCOACH, along with the Ivy League, are pleased to announce an upgraded conference-wide membership for the 2023-24 academic year. The membership is active immediately, offering each of the league’s eight institutions to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH, including the new WeCONNECT Women Coaches program that was unveiled in October.

“The continued collaboration between the Ivy League and WeCOACH is a testament to our shared commitment to elevating professional opportunities for female coaches,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said. “This partnership reaffirms our dedication and support to providing mentorship and resources that empower female coaches to thrive and reach their fullest potential.”

A one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization with the mission to recruit, advance and retain women coaches in all sports and levels, WeCOACH offers year-round professional growth and leadership programs to help navigate the challenges and obstacles women coaches face to stay in, feel supported, and advance in the coaching profession. Ivy League women coaches will have access to premier programs such as the WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academy & Academy 2.0, Regional Workshops, Mentor Program, Video Chats, WeAMPLIFY (women of color initiative), new About Time video podcast, and more.

“The Ivy League has earned recognition in the Tucker Center’s annual Women in College Coaching Report Card as a national leader amongst Division I conferences for its commitment to

hiring women coaches, so we are thrilled for the opportunity to continue offering their coaches year-round support. We applaud Executive Director, Robin Harris, and the Ivy League’s leadership for their investment in professional growth opportunities to elevate their member coaches,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

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. Consistently ranked as the top academic conference and with more national championships than any other collegiate athletic conference, The Ivy League showcased over 240 nationally-ranked programs over the past three years and prides itself on sponsoring 34 sports, the highest number of any NCAA conference, with more than 8,000 student-athletes competing annually. 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 is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces New Partnership with FSU COACH

November 1, 2023

November 1, 2023 WeCOACH is excited to announce a new five-year partnership with FSU COACH: Interdisciplinary Center for Athletic Coaching. FSU COACH offers an online Master’s in Athletic Coaching as well as an online Graduate Certificate in Athletic Coaching housed within FSU’s Interdisciplinary Center for Athletic Coaching, the first academic center in the United States dedicated to coaching. Through this collaboration, WeCOACH members will be eligible to apply for academic scholarships to support their pursuit of advanced education through the FSU COACH program. In addition, current students enrolled in the FSU COACH program will have discounted access to join WeCOACH as members.

Dr. Tim Baghurst expressed, “WeCOACH has a long history of prioritizing education and development of their coaches. We are thrilled to be part of that process and look forward to working with them on a variety of initiatives that support their mission. We hope that members consider expanding their knowledge and credentials by enrolling in our online “for coaches by coaches” Master’s in Athletic Coaching degree.”

The online Master’s in Athletic Coaching program has been designed by coaches for coaches with the goal of providing current and future coaches and sports professionals with current knowledge and best practices that are based on experience and research. The master’s program can be completed in one year or can be taken over a longer period of time. The online Graduate Certificate in Athletic Coaching requires students to take four classes that can be completed in one year.

“A priority focus has been to expand the member benefits offered to our WeCOACH Community. To be able to offer academic scholarships through FSU COACH to offset expenses for women coaches to pursue advanced education is vitally important to their advancement and retention in the profession. We are grateful to Dr. Tim Baghurst’s leadership to create enhanced educational pathways for our members,” says Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO.

To learn more about FSU COACH and all WeCOACH partners, visit wecoachsports.org/get- involved/wecoach-partners. To learn more about WeCOACH programs and member benefits, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/why-join.

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About FSU COACH

FSU COACH was founded in 2019 to prepare and equip athletic coaches and sports professionals at all levels with evidence-based education and research that informs and improves their coaching. Coaches often receive little training and support when it comes to professional development and performance improvement. They may rely on their experiences as athletes to be successful. FSU COACH is dedicated to using research and scientific knowledge to help coaches become better at what they do so that their athletes are more successful within and external to their sport. This is accomplished through academic programming, conducting research, coach development, and supporting external organizations through training and professional development. Learn more at https://fsu-coach.fsu.edu/.

About WeCOACH

Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces Promotion for Team Member Lizzy Ristano

October 30, 2023

October 30, 2023 WeCOACH CEO, Vanessa Fuchs, is pleased to announce Lizzy Ristano has been promoted to Associate Director of Member Outreach & Engagement. In this newly created position, Ristano will oversee the development and implementation of strategic initiatives and communications to ensure all WeCOACH members maximize their membership experience. This position will also offer personalized member outreach to promote year-round engagement and a strong return on investment.

“As our Community grows, a priority focus is to ensure we maintain a personal touch and connection with our members. We want them to engage with our programs and events year- round. Lizzy has played a significant role in helping to elevate WeCOACH to unprecedented levels of success since joining our team over one year ago. With her 17+ years coaching experience, along with being one of our very own WCA graduates, Lizzy has been in our members’ shoes and is exactly who we need leading our outreach & engagement efforts,” said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO.

Prior to joining Team WeCOACH in August 2022, Ristano served her alma mater as Notre Dame Softball’s Associate Head Coach for 17 years. An active WeCOACH member for many years, Lizzy graduated from the WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) in 2010. In her first 14 months with WeCOACH, she fulfilled roles with memberships, programs and events, and external communications.

To learn more about Team WeCOACH, visit https://wecoachsports.org/about/staff/. To learn more about WeCOACH programs and member benefits, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/why-join.

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About WeCOACH

Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate

sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces New Conference-Wide Membership with the Southern Conference

October 16, 2023

October 16, 2023 WeCOACH is pleased to announce a new conference-wide membership with the Southern Conference (SoCon) for the 2023-24 academic year. The membership is active immediately, allowing each of the league’s 10 institutions to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH.

Michael Cross, SoCon Commissioner stated, “The Southern Conference’s partnership with WeCOACH is an important step in our ongoing commitment to nurturing the growth of our female coaches. We recognize the critical importance of professional development, networking, and education in the realm of intercollegiate athletics. Providing support through WeCOACH was an easy decision that resonates with our vision of fostering an education-centric and values-driven environment. Coaching is an inherently demanding profession that is experiencing rapid evolution. We believe the mentorship, guidance, and strategies offered by WeCOACH will be difference-making for the careers of participating coaches and by extension will meaningfully impact the student-athletes they mentor.”

Terri Brne, SoCon Senior Associate Commissioner offered, “Our partnership with WeCOACH represents a bold step toward equity and a full commitment to providing the resources and support necessary for SoCon female coaches, administrators, and staff to thrive. This collaboration is designed to empower and elevate female coaches, administrators, and staff within the conference.”

A one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization with the mission to recruit, advance and retain women coaches in all sports and levels, WeCOACH offers year-round professional growth and leadership programs to help navigate the challenges and obstacles women coaches face to stay in, feel supported, and advance in the coaching profession. SoCon women coaches will have access to premier programs such as the WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academy & Academy 2.0, Regional Workshops, Mentor Program, Video Chats, WeAMPLIFY (women of color initiative), and the new About Time podcast. This membership also includes access to WeCONNECT Women Coaches, a new coach-led, coach-inspired peer-to-peer learning opportunity that was unveiled on National Coaches Day.

“We are grateful for Commissioner Cross and the leadership at the Southern Conference for their commitment to invest in professional growth opportunities to elevate their women coaches. Now our eleventh Division I conference this year, WeCOACH is committed to growing and expanding our program offerings to meet the needs of our vast expanding membership. Together, we will MOVE the NUMBERS to support and increase women in coaching, said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

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ABOUT THE SOCON
The SoCon is the fifth-oldest NCAA Division I college athletic association. The SoCon contested the first-ever collegiate conference basketball tournament in 1921, tackled freshman eligibility in 1922, became the first conference to adopt the 3-point field goal in basketball in 1980 and developed women’s championships in 1984. For more information click here.

ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Introduces Endeavor as New Champion of the Mentor Program

October 13, 2023

October 13, 2023 WeCOACH is excited to announce a new national partnership with Endeavor that features a financial investment to bolster the impact of the WeCOACH Mentor Program and more. This year marks the seventh year of the Mentor Program, and with Endeavor as its new champion, over 160 women coach participants will now benefit from dynamic “masterclasses,” featuring WME clients.

Endeavor’s support also allocates Academy scholarship funding for women coaches from underserved communities, establishes new research to measure the effectiveness and impact of the Mentor Program, and more.

“As a company, we strive to break systemic barriers and create access, particularly for underrepresented communities,” said Romola Ratnam, SVP and Head of Impact and Inclusion at Endeavor. “WeCOACH has put incredible support in place for women coaches and we look forward to working together to expand and amplify the program.”

“Having personally witnessed the transformative power of mentorship in women’s sports, I’m honored to participate in the WeCOACH Mentor Program as a champion,” said Lindsay Gottlieb, USC’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach and WME client. “This Endeavor partnership underscores our ability to expand networks, share experiences, and dismantle barriers for women coaches through collaborative efforts. I’m thrilled to contribute to WeCOACH’s vital work in highlighting the pivotal role women play in coaching.”

The eight-month WeCOACH Mentor Program was constructed based on research demonstrating that women coaches who have been coaching between 7 to 10 years are at a pivotal point in their career, and statistically leave the profession at the highest rate. To best support coaches at this point in their career they are the central figure in their assigned “trio,” serving as both a mentor and mentee. Participants trios are three levels of mentor/mentee group dynamics based on level of experience: Gold (10+ years coaching experience, head coaching experience preferred), Silver (5-10 years), and Bronze (less than 5 years).

“I became a member of WeCOACH through the suggestion of a longtime mentor of mine, Coach Beth

Launiere, so I could learn from, lean in, and give back to the sport I love. We all face similar challenges and the WeCOACH Mentor Program offers a community of women in various leadership roles throughout the country who can help us navigate the struggles and the successes of coaching. Marci Kornegay, Julie Shackford, Breanna Finch, LA Lane, and many others have been instrumental in my development as a coach and person. I hope to continue empowering women at all levels of the game as a member of this great organization,” said Cinthia Angus, Assistant Volleyball Coach at Saint Mary’s College of California.

“WeCOACH is ecstatic to collaborate with Endeavor to ensure women coaches, in all sports and levels, have long lasting and fulfilling careers, with an overflow of support from their fellow female coaches,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH. “Not only will this partnership with Endeavor accelerate career pathways, and expand networks for current women coaches, but it will also position aspiring women coaches and women from underserved communities on paths for success as leaders in sport. Our organizations’ combined passion for the mission coupled with Endeavor’s expansive network makes the impact potential of this partnership immeasurable.”

To learn more about Endeavor and all WeCOACH partners, visit wecoachsports.org/get- involved/wecoach-partners. To learn more about WeCOACH programs and member benefits, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/why-join.

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About Endeavor
Endeavor (NYSE: EDR) is a global sports and entertainment company, home to many of the world’s most dynamic and engaging storytellers, brands, live events and experiences. The company is comprised of industry leaders including entertainment agency WME; and sports, fashion, events and media company IMG. Endeavor is also the majority owner of TKO Group Holdings (NYSE: TKO), a premium sports and entertainment company comprising UFC and WWE. The Endeavor network specializes in talent representation, sports operations & advisory, event & experiences management, media production & distribution, experiential marketing and brand licensing.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to a stagnant 43% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 7.3% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the stude t-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces New Association-Wide Membership with the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association

October 12, 2023

October 12, 2023 WeCOACH is proud to announce a new association-wide membership with the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) for the 2023-24 academic year. The IWLCA is the second coaches association to join WeCOACH (NCATA was the first), and the partnership includes an IWLCA-sponsored tuition scholarship to allow one of its members to attend the WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academy in June 2024.

“The IWLCA is thrilled to partner with WeCOACH to provide another avenue of outstanding resources to the women coaches across NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA women’s lacrosse,” said IWLCA Executive Director Liz Robertshaw. “Coaches in today’s world need all the support we can give them to thrive both professionally and personally, and we believe the programming and opportunities that WeCOACH offers will help them do just that. This partnership reaffirms our commitment to investing in the future of women’s lacrosse through the strength of our coaching members.”

The membership is active immediately, providing 1,000+ women coaches in collegiate lacrosse who are members of the IWLCA access to over year-round professional development programs and resources offered by WeCOACH. Among these offerings is the newly released WeCONNECT Women Coaches program, coach-led and coach-inspired peer-to-peer learning.

“WeCOACH looks forward to complementing the impactful work of the IWLCA through this partnership. All women coaches who are members of the IWLCA will have access to our year- round programs as a result of Liz Robertshaw’s leadership. Together, we will MOVE the NUMBERS to support & increase women in coaching,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options/, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

ABOUT THE IWLCA
The IWLCA is a membership-led, professional association representing the nation’s intercollegiate women’s lacrosse coaches within Division I, II & III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The IWLCA is a 501c(3) nonprofit educational organization. Currently, there are over 550 institutional members and over 1,200 coaches participating in NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, and the NAIA.

ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Launches WeCONNECT Women Coaches: A Coach-Led & Coach-Inspired Program for Peer-to Peer Learning

October 6, 2023

October 6, 2023 On National Coaches Day, WeCOACH is proud to launch a new 2023-24 program, WeCONNECT Women Coaches. This coach-led and coach-inspired virtual networking initiative was born out of the collective voice of our members, who expressed a desire for increased peer-to-peer learning opportunities and empowering conversations with fellow coaches.

WeCONNECT will enhance connectivity amongst our 10,000+ member coaching community by providing a platform for coaches to come together virtually to exchange insights, share experiences, and build lasting relationships. For this inaugural year, WeCONNECT Women Coaches will feature five (5) Huddle Groups developed in response to member feedback:

  • Timely Issues for College Coaches
  • Timely Issues for Youth, Club, Middle & High School Coaches
  • Women of Color Amplified
  • Moms in Coaching
  • Inclusive Cultures

“Our members spoke, and we listened. WeCONNECT is our response to their desire for meaningful interactions and collaborative learning,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO at WeCOACH. “This program underscores our commitment to empower women coaches and create a cohesive community where they can lear , grow, and find support from each other to help elevate and inspire their coaching careers.”

WeCONNECT “Co-Captains” will be appointed to organize and lead huddle group meetings throughout the academic year. These dedicated peer leaders will guide discussions and create an inclusive safe space for coaches to share openly and tap into the learning experiences and advice from other huddle members.

WeCONNECT registration is now open for current WeCOACH members across all sports and coaching levels. To learn more about WeCONNECT Women Coaches or to register, visit wecoachsports.org/weconnect. To learn more about all WeCOACH programs and member benefits, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/why-join, or email info@wecoachsports.org.

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ABOUT WeCOACH

Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces Membership Renewals with Madera Unified School District & Oswego School District 308

September 20, 2023

September 20, 2023 WeCOACH is pleased to announce the Madera Unified School District (California) and Oswego School District 308 (Illinois) have renewed their district-wide group memberships for the 2023-24 academic year. These two school districts became the first district- wide members of WeCOACH in 2022-23 and helped ignite a membership growth that more than tripled all-time highest levels for middle and high school women coaches.

The memberships are active immediately, allowing the middle and high schools within each respective district to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH, including several new programs and initiatives that will be unveiled this fall.

Marty Bitter, Madera Unified School District Director of Athletics, shared, “In 2022 we all celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. The celebrations were so impactful, but I vividly remember returning after each one thinking, “Where do I go from here?”. As the Director of Athletics for Madera Unified School District I needed to do a better job of supporting all our female coaches.” In my search I found nothing that was even close to the work that Vanessa and the WeCOACH organization were doing. The impact it makes on our female coaches being able to attend professional development opportunities, small group discussions and support groups with other female coaches simply cannot be measured. I encourage every high school to find a way to support their female coaches and I would start and look no further than WeCOACH!”

“Oswego SD 308 Athletics is very excited to have this opportunity to add this great opportunity for our female athletic coaches! WeCOACH offers them outstanding opportunities for both professional development and growth that we feel will only help to improve what we are able to offer overall in our District for both our female staff and the student-athletes they coach,” said Darren Howard, Oswego SD 308 Director of Athletics.

A one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization with the mission to recruit, advance and retain women coaches in all sports and levels, WeCOACH offers year-round professional growth and leadership programs to help navigate the challenges and obstacles women coaches face to stay in, feel supported, and advance in the coaching profession. Members have access to premier programs such as the Youth & High School Women Coaches Academy, Regional Workshops, Mentor Program, monthly Video Chats, WeAMPLIFY (women of color initiative), new About Time video podcast, and more. Madera Unified SD was well represented with several members participating in the recent September 18 WeCOACH Regional Workshop in San Ramon, California.

“Our MOVE the NUMBERS campaign launched last year to create affordable access for every level of sport. Shortly after the launch, Oswego SD 308 Athletic Director, Darren Howard, and Madera Unified SD Athletic Director, Marty Bitter, reached out to invest in professional growth opportunities for their member coaches. We are grateful for their leadership, allyship and support. Since that time, we have grown exponentially at every level of sport but especially in the youth, middle and high school member levels. said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

ABOUT THE MADERA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Madera Unified School District was established in 1966. The District is committed to creating and sustaining a culture enabling Madera Unified students to experience an unparalleled educational journey that is intellectually, socially and personally transformative.

ABOUT OSWEGO SCHOOL DISTRICT 308
Oswego School District 308 serves more than 18,000 pre-school through grade 12 students in Oswego, Aurora, Joliet, Montgomery, Plainfield and Yorkville. The seventh largest public school district out of 852 in Illinois, District 308 has experienced phenomenal growth over the past decade, and a continued pursuit of world-class instruction ensures students are always ready for the future.

ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces New Conference-Wide Membership with the MAAC

September 8, 2023

September 8, 2023 WeCOACH and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) are pleased to announce a new conference-wide membership for the 2023-24 academic year. The membership is active immediately, allowing each of the league’s 11 institutions to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH, including several new programs and initiatives that will be unveiled this fall.

“The MAAC is excited to partner with WeCOACH to unlock new opportunities for our female coaches,” said MAAC Commissioner Travis Tellitocci. “This strategic alliance centers on enhancing professional development, delivering coaching education, and fostering networking avenues. Our goal is to empower our female coaches with the additional resources to cultivate their advancement within the profession.”

A one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization with the mission to recruit, advance and retain women coaches in all sports and levels, WeCOACH offers year-round professional growth and leadership programs to help navigate the challenges and obstacles women coaches face to stay in, feel supported, and advance in the coaching profession. MAAC women coaches will have access to premier programs such as the WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academy & Academy 2.0, Regional Workshops, Mentor Program, monthly Video Chats, WeAMPLIFY (women of color initiative), new About Time video podcast, and more.

“We applaud Commissioner Tellitocci and the MAAC’s leadership for their commitment to invest

in professional growth opportunities to elevate their member coaches. As our tenth Division I conference this year, WeCOACH commits to continually grow and expand our program offerings to best impact and meet the needs of our vast membership. Together, we will MOVE the NUMBERS to support and increase women in coaching,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

ABOUT THE MAAC
With 11 institutions strongly bound by the sound principles of quality and integrity in academics and excellence in athletics, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) is in its 43rd year of competition during the 2023-24 academic year. Current conference members include: Canisius University, Fairfield University, Iona University, Manhattan College, Marist College, Mount St.

Mary’s University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University, and Siena College.

ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces New League-Wide Membership with The Summit League

August 31, 2023

August 31, 2023 WeCOACH and The Summit League are pleased to announce a new league- wide membership for the 2023-24 academic year. The membership is active immediately, allowing each of the league’s nine institutions to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH, including several new programs and initiatives that will be unveiled this fall.

“We are excited for the Summit League’s women coaches to benefit from this partnership with WeCOACH,” said Commissioner Josh Fenton. “The programming, resources and overall community created by Vanessa (Fuchs) and her team have already been a tremendous asset to many across the country and I’m thrilled our group will have access to those same opportunities.”

A one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization with the mission to recruit, advance and retain women coaches in all sports and levels, WeCOACH offers year-round professional growth and leadership programs to help navigate the challenges and obstacles women coaches face to stay in, feel supported, and advance in the coaching profession. Summit League women coaches will have access to premier programs such as the WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academy & Academy 2.0, Regional Workshops, Mentor Program, monthly Video Chats, WeAMPLIFY (women of color initiative), and more.

“The data demonstrates greater investment in women coaches is necessary to support their advancement and retention in the coaching profession. Many thanks to Commissioner Fenton and The Summit League leadership for their commitment to invest in professional growth opportunities to elevate their member coaches. Together, we will MOVE the NUMBERS to

support and increase women in coaching,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., The Summit League is embarking on its 42nd year at the NCAA Division I level and offers 19 championship sports. The League’s nine institutions have a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 and include five located in top 60 U.S. metropolitan populations and two land-grant universities. Full-time member institutions are the University of Denver, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, University of Nebraska Omaha, Oral Roberts University, University of St. Thomas, University of South Dakota, and South Dakota State University.

ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

Big 12 Upgrades Conference Membership with WeCOACH

August 30, 2023

August 30, 2023 WeCOACH is pleased to announce the Big 12 Conference has upgraded their membership to a league-wide, unlimited group membership for the 2023-24 academic year. The renewal also includes new institutional members, BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, and Houston. The Big 12 was the first Power 5 autonomy conference to join WeCOACH as a conference-wide member in 2019.

“The Big 12 Conference is excited to announce the extension of our partnership with WeCOACH,” said Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark. “We are dedicated to supporting and creating opportunities for our women coaches, and our partnership with WeCOACH will ensure resources for them to continue to grow.”

The upgraded membership is active immediately, allowing each of the conference’s 14 institutions to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH, including several new programs and initiatives that will be unveiled this fall.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to increase our impact across more Big 12 member coaches. The recent data included in the Tucker Center report demonstrates we have entered an era of incline for women in coaching. We applaud Commissioner Yormark and the Big 12 leadership for their continual investment and modeling what support looks like for women in sport,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options/, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

About Big 12 Conference
The Big 12 Conference is comprised of 14 institutions after welcoming BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston on July 1, 2023, joining Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia. The league is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics conference that encompasses eight states, three time zones and a combined population of over 79.3 million. Entering its 28th year, the Conference has produced over 800 Academic All-America selections and claimed national championship team titles in 20 of its 23 sponsored sports. Its student-athletes and teams have combined for 742 individual NCAA titles and 81 team national championships under the Big 12 banner. For more information, visit Big12Sports.com and follow the Conference on Facebook (Facebook.com/Big12), Twitter (@Big12Conference), Instagram (Instagram.com/big12conference/) and YouTube (YouTube.com/Big12Conference).

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

BIG EAST Renews with Upgraded Conference Membership

August 28, 2023

August 28, 2023 – WeCOACH is pleased to announce The BIG EAST Conference has upgraded their membership to a league-wide, unlimited group membership for the 2023-24 academic year. The membership is active immediately, allowing each of the conference’s 11 institutions to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH, including several new programs and initiatives that will be unveiled this fall.

“The BIG EAST is pleased to expand its partnership with WeCOACH and continue to provide our female coaches with the necessary tools to enable professional growth,” said Katie Willett, Sr.

Associate Commissioner/SWA, Compliance, Governance and Student-Athlete Development. “We are grateful that our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group continues to support this program on behalf of our female coaches at all of our institutions. We are pleased that our coaches can take advantage of WeCOACH’s extensive offerings.”

The recent data published in the August 1 Tucker Center report demonstrates a new era of slow and steady incline for women in coaching. For the first time, all seven conferences featured in the report increased in the percentage of women head coaches, marked by the BIG EAST improving an entire letter grade (+2.3 percent).

“Kudos to Commissioner Val Ackerman and the BIG EAST leadership who are committed to investing in professional growth opportunities to elevate their member coaches. We are excited to expand our partnership with the BIG EAST to impact more women coaches in their conference.

Together, we will MOVE the NUMBERS to support and increase women in coaching,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options/, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

About The BIG EAST Conference
The BIG EAST Conference is an association of 11 nationally prominent colleges and universities that foster healthy athletic competition, community service and the pursuit of excellence in academic environments. The BIG EAST-sponsored athletic programs of our institutions provide national-caliber participation opportunities for more than 3,800 student-athletes on over 200 men’s and women’s teams in 22 sports. Established in 1979 and headquartered in New York City, the BIG EAST’s members are located in eight of the country’s top 38 largest media markets and include Butler University, University of Connecticut, Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, St. John’s University, Seton Hall University, Villanova University and Xavier University. For more information, visit www.bigeast.com.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Aims to Increase Impact in Year Two as Divisions II and III Development Program Grows

August 25, 2023

August 25, 2023 – Entering its second year, WeCOACH is thrilled to announce the 2023-24 Divisions II & III Development Program has grown to feature 43 total Division II & III conferences, including four new conferences: the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) representing Division II, along with the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC), Little East Conference (LEC), and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) representing Division III.

The initial year of the Program served 199 institutions across 16 NCAA Division II conferences, and another 268 institutions representing 26 NCAA Division III conferences. In total, the Program impacted over 4,200 total participants in its first year, including 68 of 98 graduates in the 2023 WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academy, and 10 of 20 graduates in Academy 2.0. In addition to the conferences, any Division II or III women coaches with a current WeCOACH membership are eligible to participate.

“The Divisions II & III Development Program has been one of the most rewarding highlights of my tenure with WeCOACH,” said WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs. “The commissioners and athletics leadership across these 43 conferences continue to raise the bar, recognizing the importance of investing in the development of their women coaches in order to recruit, advance, and retain more women in this critical profession. Together, we will MOVE the NUMBERS to support & increase women in coaching.”

This year-round professional growth and leadership development program offers a number of different opportunities for participants across all sports to engage, highlighted by three 90-minute Development Sessions (fall, winter, & spring) focused on offering strategies and best practices to successfully navigate timely issues impacting the coaching profession.

2023-24 Divisions II & III Development Program Conferences:

NCAA Division II Conferences (18 total):

NCAA Division III Conferences (25 total):

Quotes from New Participating Conferences about the Development Program:

“CUNYAC is excited to partner with WeCOACH in providing additional support and resources to our female coaches and staff to assist in their professional development, coaching education, and networking. Through its collaboration with WeCOACH, CUNYAC continues to foster a diverse, inclusive coaching community and make valuable services available to enhance the recruitment, growth, and retention of coaches across all sports.”

  • Carl Christian, Interim Executive Director, CUNY Athletic Conference (CUNYAC)

“I am excited that the Little East Conference is able to partner with WeCOACH to provide valuable resources to benefit the women coaching in our conference. This relationship aligns with our efforts in our strategic plan to enhance our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, aiding in the development and advancement of women in coaching by providing year-round access to WeCOACH’s acclaimed educational programing.”

  • Pamela Samuelson, Ph.D., Commissioner, Little East Conference (LEC)

“With our efforts to be more inclusive, one area of focus is on developing our current female coaches for not only the long term but also to improve the depth of our pool of future head coaches. Partnering with WeCOACH allows to add another tool in our toolbox to help in these efforts while helping our coaches achieve their goals.”

  • Steve Murray, Commissioner, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)

“The WIAC is pleased to partner with WeCOACH. This is a perfect opportunity to support our membership and female coaches in the area of professional development, coaching education and networking.”

  • Danielle Harris, Commissioner, Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC)

To learn more about the Divisions II & III Development Program and/or to inquire about participation, visit: WeCOACH Development Program or contact: memberships@wecoachsports.org. To register for upcoming programs and events, visit: wecoachsports.org/programs-events/upcoming-events.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces Association-Wide Membership Renewal with the California Community College Athletic Association

August 18, 2023

August 18, 2023 WeCOACH is proud to announce the California Community College Athletic Association (3C2A) has renewed its membership for the 2023-24 academic year. The 3C2A was the first Community College governing body in the country to activate an association-wide membership in 2022.

In May 2023, four women coaches from 3C2A colleges graduated from our premier NCAA Women Coaches Academy. The 3C2A has also partnered with WeCOACH as a cohost for a one-day Regional Workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area on September 18.

“The 3C2A is excited to continue to team with WeCOACH in providing membership opportunities for our association,” said Executive Director Jennifer Cardone. “The 3C2A is home to hundreds of women coaches, many of whom are just beginning their careers. WeCOACH offers unparalleled resources for them to learn and grow while also providing immense benefits to our veteran coaches.”

The membership is active immediately, providing women coaches at each of the association’s 112 community colleges with year-round professional development programs and resources offered by WeCOACH, including several new programs and initiatives that will be unveiled this fall.

“The first year of this partnership resulted in a record number of 3C2A coaches graduating from our Academy so we are thrilled for the opportunity to continue impacting 3C2A women coaches through our transformational leadership programs. Exactly one month from today we will welcome several 3C2A coaches along with many more from the northern California region for a day of inspir tion and growth at our Regional Workshop,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options/, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

ABOUT THE 3C2A
The California Community College Athletic Association (3C2A) is the governing body providing oversight of intercollegiate athletics within the California Community College System. The single largest educational system in the country, with attendance in excess of 2.1 million students annually, the California Community College system serves one-fourth of all community college students in the United States. The 3C2A establishes the rules and regulations to administer the intercollegiate athletic activities of approximately 24,000 student-athletes attending 112 California’s community colleges. To view the latest news, information, and updates of all 24 CCCAA-sanctioned sports and 26 championships, please visit www.3C2Asports.org.

ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces New Conference-Wide Membership with the Northeast Conference

August 16, 2023

August 16, 2023 WeCOACH and the Northeast Conference (NEC) are pleased to announce a new conference-wide unlimited group membership. While NEC schools have been institutional members over the years, this is the first time the NEC is joining WeCOACH as a conference-wide member.

“The NEC is committed to the empowerment and support of women coaches, and we are excited to join forces with WeCOACH. This collaboration aligns perfectly with our values of fostering diversity and inclusion within the athletic community, and we look forward to the positive impact it will have on the recruitment, advancement and retention of women coaches in the NEC,” said NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris.

The conference-wide membership will be active immediately, allowing each of the conference’s nine institutions to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH, including several new programs and initiatives that will be unveiled this fall.

The recently released Women in Coaching Report Card from the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport indicates we are entering a new era of steady incline, and with partnerships like this with the NEC we are convinced boys, girls, men, and women, in sport will benefit from having more strong women coach leaders to serve as their role models and mentors,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH. “Thank you to Commissioner Noreen Morris and the entire NEC leadership for helping to MOVE the NUMBERS to support and increase women in coaching.”

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options/, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

About the Northeast Conference
Now in its 43rd season, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of nine institutions of higher learning located throughout five states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to a number of the largest markets in the United States including New York (#1), Boston (#9). Hartford/New Haven (#34) and Syracuse (#85). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 24 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic access to 15 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Central Connecticut, FDU, Le Moyne, LIU, Merrimack, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis U, Stonehill and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league’s official website official website (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, all @NECsports.

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

Atlantic 10 Conference Renews with Upgraded WeCOACH Membership

August 14, 2023

August 14, 2023 – WeCOACH is pleased to announce the Atlantic 10 Conference has renewed with an upgraded membership that includes a conference-wide, unlimited group membership for the 2023- 24 academic year.

“We are excited to partner with WeCOACH and support our membership and female coaches in the area of professional development, coaching education and networking,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “WeCOACH, as an organization, has developed a strong educational platform supporting the development of young professionals in all areas of sport.”

The conference-wide membership will be active immediately, allowing each of the league’s 15 institutions to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH.

“We are thrilled to welcome back the Atlantic 10 to our WeCOACH Community and we look forward to making even more impact across their conference through this upgraded membership,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH. “This membership has the potential to impact 280+ representatives on A-10 campuses based on preliminary research conducted by our staff. We applaud Commissioner McGlade and the entire A-10 leadership for investing in their women coaches. Together we will MOVE the NUMBERS to support and increase women in coaching.”

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options/, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

ABOUT THE ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE
The Atlantic 10 Conference was founded in 1975 and consists of 15 diverse members across nine states and Washington, D.C. The mission of the Atlantic 10 is to provide an enhanced student-athlete experience through 22 nationally competitive championship sports. The basketball-centric conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for its student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. The membership consists of Davidson College, the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Louis University and Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information, visit www.atlantic10.com.

ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces Conference-Wide Membership with the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

August 11, 2023

August 11, 2023 – WeCOACH and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) are pleased to announce a conference-wide, unlimited group membership for the 2023-24 year. This is a first-time membership for the KCAC and they are only the second NAIA Conference-Wide Member to join WeCOACH.

“Consistent with the mission and values of the KCAC, we are elated to extend additional support to the many women coaching in this conference through our partnership with WeCOACH,” stated Dr. Scott Crawford, KCAC Commissioner. “As a large NAIA conference with 14 full member institutions, this positive partnership will directly impact the lives of our women’s coaches who want to use the available resources for a transformational positive impact on their student- athletes.”

The conference-wide membership will be active immediately, allowing each of the conference’s 14 institutions to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH.

This partnership with the KCAC furthers our mission to impact and elevate women coaches in all sports and levels. Expanding our reach to serve NAIA women coaches is a top priority for our Board and staff in 2023-24, so we are grateful for Commissioner Scott Crawford’s leadership to invest in the KCAC women coaches so they have the opportunity to engage in our

transformational leadership programs,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options/, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

About the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and sponsors 30 varsity sports, and growing. As the conference home to 14 member institutions, the KCAC emphasizes commitment, cooperation, high achievement, and working towards a common goal in the act of competition. To keep up with the latest conference news, follow the KCAC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the handle @kcacsports.

About WeCOACH

Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more

information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

Horizon League Upgrades Membership with WeCOACH

August 9, 2023

August 9, 2023 WeCOACH is pleased to announce the Horizon League has upgraded their membership to a league-wide, unlimited group membership for the 2023-24 academic year. The Horizon League was the first-ever NCAA Division I conference-wide member to join WeCOACH in 2019.

“We are thrilled to expand our WeCOACH partnership and provide unlimited WeCOACH memberships to all our coaches throughout the League,” said Horizon League Senior Associate Commissioner Christine Neuman. “Since we became the first collegiate conference to activate a League-wide membership in 2019, the partnership has provided a tremendous benefit to our coaches and administrators and we look forward to continuing to work together with the organization to support, increase and advance women in coaching.”

The conference-wide membership will be active immediately, allowing each of the league’s 11 institutions to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH.

Abbey Sutherland, Green Bay Women’s Volleyball Head Coach/SWA, is a two-time WeCOACH- NCAA Academy graduate (2019 WCA Class #48, 2023 Academy 2.0 Class #6) who had this to say about the impact: “The Horizon League was ahead of the curve in providing us WeCOACH memberships, and they’re continuing to get it right. It’s inspiring that they have a woman commissioner—we see her and we can be her! Thank you to the Horizon League for directly contributing to my growth as a coach and a person. The Academy 2.0 experience filled my cup in so many ways. I left feeling loved, confident, and I am fired up to support other women coaches in any way that I can.”

“Members from the Horizon League are some of our most highly engaged so we look forward to making even more impact across their league through this upgraded membership,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH. “They were our first conference-wide member, and their league’s leadership continues to model the way for what support looks like for women in sport.”

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit https://wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options/, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

ABOUT THE HORIZON LEAGUE
The Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletics conference comprised of 11 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.org.

ABOUT WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces League-Wide Membership with the Patriot League

August 7, 2023

August 7, 2023 – WeCOACH and the Patriot League are pleased to announce a league-wide, unlimited group membership. This is the first time that the Patriot League is joining as a leaguewide member.

“Patriot League coaches are respected as educators and dedicated to the quality of the studentathlete experience. A continual commitment to learning and growth is integral to our mission,” Patriot League Commissioner Jennifer Heppel said. “I am excited about the opportunity to partner with WeCOACH in providing professional growth and leadership development for our women’s coaches in all sports.”

The League-wide membership will be active immediately, allowing each of their 10 member institutions to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH.

“As a League that values a well-rounded education, it is evident through this partnership that this includes a strong commitment by the Patriot League’s leadership to the continued education and professional development of their women coaches,” said WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs. “We are thrilled to welcome all Patriot League institutions to our WeCOACH Community and look forward to their members engaging in our many year-round programs. Together, we will MOVE the NUMBERS to support and increase women in coaching.”

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options/, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

ABOUT THE PATRIOT LEAGUE

The Patriot League is in its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, continually demonstrating that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.

ABOUT WeCOACH

Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

WeCOACH Announces Conference-Wide Membership with the Atlantic Coast Conference

August 4, 2023

August 4, 2023 – WeCOACH and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) are pleased to announce a new conference-wide unlimited group membership. While several ACC institutions have been institutional members over the years, this is the first time the ACC is joining WeCOACH as a conference-wide member.

“The ACC is thrilled to partner with WeCOACH to provide important resources that benefit the amazing women coaches in our conference,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “This relationship helps further our commitment to serve as a leader in providing opportunities to support our women leaders and invest in their future. Vanessa is an amazing leader with incredibly strong ties to our league and we commend her for the incredible job she is doing in leading the WeCOACH organization.”

The conference-wide membership will be active immediately, allowing each of the league’s 15 institutions to enroll an unlimited number of women coaches to benefit from the year-round programs and resources offered by WeCOACH. The ACC is also taking a leadership role to help WeCOACH develop a new Assistant & Associate Women Coaches Workshop to be launched during the 2023-24 academic year. More details will be released later this fall.

“As a proud former ACC student-athlete who holds degrees from two ACC institutions and worked at the league office my first job out of college, this partnership announcement is a very special one. What’s really exciting is this membership has the potential to impact 400+ representatives on ACC campuses based on preliminary research conducted by our staff. We are grateful to Commissioner Jim Phillips and the entire ACC leadership for investing in their women coaches. Together we will MOVE the NUMBERS to support & increase women in coaching,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

To learn more about WeCOACH membership options, including group memberships, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/membership-options/, or email memberships@wecoachsports.org.

About the Atlantic Coast Conference
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 71st year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 28 NCAA sports – 15 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. In August 2019, ESPN and the ACC partnered to launch ACC Network (ACCN), a 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports and league-wide original programming. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @accsports on Instagram and @theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/theACC).

About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, over 50 years later, the data indicates that number has decreased to 46% in Division I, 41% across all three NCAA Divisions, with only 6.2% women head coaches of color (Division I). Only 5% women coach men’s teams. At the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS in 2022 to help change the landscape for women coaches and the student-athletes they lead. If she can see her, she can be her. For more information visit MOVE the NUMBERS.

Tucker Center Releases 11th Annual Report Card on Women in College Coaching

August 1, 2023

August 1, 2023 – The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota released its annual Women in College Coaching Report Card (WCCRC) in collaboration with WeCOACH. The report documents the percentage of women in all coaching positions for women’s teams within seven select NCAA Division I conferences (Big Ten, Big East, Big 12, Pac-12, American, ACC, SEC).

Data in the 11th year of the WCCRC points to some ‘firsts’ and some good news!

Based on the numbers, we are cautiously optimistic that the stagnation era is over and we are entering a new era for intercollegiate Division I women sport coaches at the most visible, powerful institutions—Slow and Steady Incline!

• The percentage of women head coaches of NCAA D-I women’s teams in seven select conferences is up again for the ninth year in a row.
• The percentage of women head coaches increased by the largest margin (2.3%) in the history of the Report Card, and 2022 marked the second greatest increase (1.2%).
• For the first time more institutions earned an A grade than a F grade! In fact, there were 3x more As than Fs! For the last ten years, the number of F grades far outnumbered the As.
 This year recorded the greatest number (n = 10) of institutional A grades, 2021-22 recorded seven As.
• University of Cincinnati has earned an A grade every year of the report.
• For the second time in ten years and for two years in a row, a majority of positional vacancies (58.1%) were filled by women.
• For the first time, a majority (65%, 15 of 23) of BIPOC coaches hired were women of color.
• The percentage of women coaches of color increased from 5.7% in 2022 to 6.2% this year.
• This year marks the first time all select seven conferences increased in the percentage of women head coaches.
• Basketball the most lucrative, visible and popular women’s intercollegiate sport moved up to an A grade for the first time.

To see the full report and which institutions, sports and conferences get passing and failing grades go to TuckerCenter.org

About the The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota is the first interdisciplinary research center leading a global effort to accelerate change for girls and women in sport

WeCOACH to Host 2023 Youth & High School Women Coaches Academy

July 24, 2023

July 24, 2023 – WeCOACH will host its third annual Youth & High School Women Coaches Academy on July 31 and August 1. Established in 2021 as the “High School Women Coaches Leadership Academy,” WeCOACH rebranded this transformational program in 2023 to be inclusive of women who coach at the youth, club, middle and high school levels.

This virtual program is modeled after the premier NCAA Women Coaches Academy and aims to provide leadership development programming that elevates holistic coaching effectiveness by learning advanced leadership skills and strategies that directly affect personal and team success. The two-day schedule showcases an impressive lineup of experts who will expound on topics such as Leadership Best Practices; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Effectively Coaching Gen Z; the Collegiate Recruiting Landscape; Performance Nutrition; as well as Peer-To-Peer learning opportunities.

Class #3 features coaches from 15 different sports who reside in 20 different states and possess a combined 411 years of experience. Some are just beginning their coaching journey, while others have dedicated 45+ years in the coaching profession. WeCOACH provided scholarship funding for select participants thanks to generous funding from Hudl and individual donors.

2023 Youth & High School Women Coaches Academy Class #3 Participants:

McKenna Acampora, Delaware Valley High School, Girls Wrestling Coach
Megan Amundson, Stanwood High School, Head Girls Volleyball Coach
Dannicam Barnum, Seckinger High School, Head Girls Wrestling Coach
Amanda Bianchi, Framingham JF Flyers, Head Ice Hockey Coach
Meg Glascott-Birch, The Baldwin School, Director of Athletics
Tara Boysen, Northglenn High School
Shanitra Brinson, Rye Country Day School, Head Softball Coach
Ellie Chenoweth, Newberry High School, Head Varsity Soccer Coach
Brielle Chmiel, Louis E. Dieruff High School, Volunteer Assistant Cheer Coach
Tamara Clayton, Crew Haven Youth Rowing, Assistant Youth Rowing Coach
Nixi Cura, Burr and Burton Academy, Head Ultimate Coach
Chrystal Davis, Gulliver Prep, Youth Sports Coordinator
Megan Driscoll, Stevenson School, Head Girls Cross Country Coach
Colleen Kelly Finegan, Germantown Friends School, Mental Performance Coach
Amy Franz, Westosha Central High School, Girls Wrestling Coach
Jennifer Grulke, Oregon High School, Head Varsity Volleyball Coach
Maddie Haas, Duluth East High School, East Select Soccer, Assistant Soccer Coach
Alexandra Hammon, Glendale Youth Rugby, Program Director
Kelli Harris, Grayson County, Head Volleyball Coach
Lauren Heath, Sehome High School, Head Swimming & Diving Coach
Katie Klein, Stevenson School, Assistant Cross Country Coach
Hannah Korslund, Burlingame High School, Head Varsity Volleyball Coach
Liz Koster, The Baldwin School, Head JV Soccer Coach
Laura LeDuc, Trojan Aquatics, Founder & CEO Swimming & Diving Coach
Heather Levine, Gulliver Prep, Athletic Director
Katie Bergstrom Mark, Germantown Friends School, Director of Athletics
Abby McClure, The Cambridge School of Weston, Head Lacrosse Coach
Rosanna McCormick, Stevenson School, Head Girls Field Hockey Coach
Liz Miller, Burr and Burton Academy, Head JV Field Hockey Coach
Lynneis Myers, West Point High School, Head Volleyball Coach
Tamika Newman, Northland Christian, Director of Athletics, Head Volleyball Coach
Nicole Possage, Clarksville High School, Head Softball Coach
Jenifer Reeve, Oakland Tech High School, Assistant Ice Hockey Coach
Mackenzie E. Riley, Swan City SC/ Bartow High School, Assistant Soccer Coach
Jackie Roque, Gulliver Prep, Assistant Athletic Director
Christine Sales, Olathe Northwest High School, Head Cross Country Coach
Solvig Sayvre, The Sailing Foundation, Youth Sailing Director
Alison Schickfus, The Baldwin School, Assistant to the Athletic Director
Savannah Sepulveda, Hollister High School, Assistant Girls Wrestling Coach
Andrea Sutterfield, Pasadena Rugby, Co-Head Rugby Coach
Andre Torres, Gulliver Prep, Director of Athletics
Mary Truesdale, Sheldon High School, Head Varsity Softball Coach
Katie Waletzko, Pine Crest School, Assistant Athletic Director
Raven Ward, Cardinal Ritter College Prep, Head Basketball Coach
Tanekka Watt, Kipp Impact Academy, Head Basketball Coach
Andrea Yamamoto, WSU Wrestling Club, Assistant Girls Wrestling Coach
Tiarra Yazzie, Valley High School – Sanders Unified SD #18, Head Softball Coach
Madelyn Zink, East Lansing High School, Head Boys & Girls Swimming Coach

“Our Academy programs offer powerful knowledge and develop lasting relationships. Graduates leave feeling empowered, inspired, and motivated to be the best possible leaders for the young people they coach. We are excited for Class #3 to commence,” said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO.

For more information about our Youth & High School Women Coaches Academy, please click here. If interested in funding scholarships for our 2024 Academy, please email admin@wecoachsports.org.

WeCOACH Introduces Two New Staff Members Dedicated to MOVE the NUMBERS

July 7, 2023

July 7, 2023 – WeCOACH CEO, Vanessa Fuchs, is pleased to introduce the organization’s two newest hires, Kyndall Ellis-Powell (Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development) and Marci Kornegay (Director of Leadership Programs & Events), who both officially started this week. These two talented additions to the staff are joining an already outstanding team of leaders who have elevated WeCOACH to unprecedented levels of success.

“We continue to build a team who have a big heart for our mission and mirror the diverse and inspirational community of leaders, mentors, and role models who we serve. Over the past 15 months, just about every aspect of our organization has grown exponentially. By welcoming Marci back to WeCOACH and with the addition of Kyndall’s expertise in a newly created position for our organization, I am confident we will continue our upward trajectory and MOVE the NUMBERS to support and increase women in coaching,” said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO.

Get to know our newest members of Team WeCOACH:

Kyndall Ellis-Powell, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development

Kyndall is a 2020 graduate from Syracuse University, where she received her Master of Science in Public Relations with an emphasis on Sports Media and Information. Prior to this, Kyndall attended Clemson University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a Social Science minor. Throughout her studies, Kyndall interned in recruiting and student-athlete development areas, uncovering her passion to utilize storytelling as the bridge between athletes, sports, and their communities. Prior to WeCOACH, Kyndall served as the Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Women Leaders in College Sports. Kyndall is a native of Columbus, Georgia, and she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, giving back to her community, and trying new food places!

Marci Kornegay, Director of Leadership Programs & Events

Marci Kornegay rejoins Team WeCOACH following her previous role as the Director of Membership from June 2018 to October 2021. Marci possesses 20 years of experience in collegiate golf as a Coach, LPGA Teaching Professional, and player. Kornegay was a two-time Big East Coach of the Year as the head coach at the University of South Florida. Marci thrives on pushing her limits and has hiked nearly 10,000 miles, most recently completing the Pacific Crest Trail. Marci holds a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Outdoor Management from Ole Miss, where she was a member and team captain of the women’s golf team, and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Change Management from Colorado State-Global. She is a proud graduate of the 2011 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Class #25. Currently residing in New Jersey with her partner and two beloved cats, Marci is fueled by her passion to explore all 63 National Parks, play golf in all 50 states, and to personally engage with and strengthen the WeCOACH community along the way.

To learn more about Team WeCOACH, visit https://wecoachsports.org/about/staff/.

WeCOACH to Host 2023 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Programs

May 15, 2023

May 15, 2023 – WeCOACH will host its premier programs, the 52nd class of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) and the 6th class of the NCAA Academy 2.0 in Denver, Colorado from May 21-24, 2023. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Women Coaches Academy, made possible through a longstanding partnership with the NCAA.

Highlighting these two Academies is keynote speaker, Dawn Staley, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of South Carolina. Coach Staley is a two-time national champion coach and member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She’s one of the most decorated participants in United States women’s basketball history having won three Olympic gold medals with Team USA as a player and later was head coach of another U.S. gold-medal winning team.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, a record-setting 102 women coaches, of all experience levels and sports, will be participating in WCA Class #52. NCAA Academy 2.0, a master learning program, will feature 20 coach participants. The classes include representation from NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as NAIA, community colleges, the U.S. national team, and internationally.

“The NCAA is excited to partner with WeCOACH on the 2023 NCAA Women Coaches Academy programs, where some of the most talented collegiate women’s coaches will have the opportunity to elevate their leadership skills and hear the experiences of championship coaches,” said DeeDee Merritt, Director of NCAA Leadership Development. “The Women Coaches Academy and the Academy 2.0 programs provide today’s coaches with enhanced strategies and operations they can use during their season that may also translate to better student-athlete experiences. We look forward to engaging with the coaches as they work toward their professional and personal development.”

Over 2,100 graduates have participated in the NCAA WCA, a program designed for women coaches to elevate their holistic coaching effectiveness by learning advanced leadership skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. Participants 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, strategies, and knowledge gained from their WCA experience.

WeCOACH septupled (multiplied by seven times) Academy scholarships funding provided to this year’s participants thanks to generous funding from Hudl, Endeavor, Natasha Watley Foundation, along with numerous individual donors. In addition, the United States Marine Corps have partnered to sponsor this year’s Academy graduation ceremonies and will feature a Marine representative offering closing remarks to both classes.

“The Academy experience is truly magical in terms of the powerful knowledge gained and lasting relationships formed. Our graduates leave feeling empowered, inspired and motivated to be the best possible leaders for the student-athletes they coach, and the data demonstrates our Academy graduates remain in the coaching profession at a higher rate than the national average. Our staff and Board have once again assembled a stellar lineup of faculty to pour into the participants and we look forward to unveiling some new traditions as part of our WCA 20th anniversary celebration,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

WeCOACH thanks the NCAA for its longstanding support of these transformational programs along with this year’s partners: Marines, Hudl, Endeavor, Truist, Gatorade Performance Partner, Athlete Assessments, The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, Human Kinetics, Natasha Watley Foundation, and The Sports Bra Project.

May 22-24 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Class #52 Participants:

Desi Abeyta, Sonoma State, Head Coach, Basketball

Courtney Allen, Shenandoah University, Head Coach, Softball

Morgan Allison – Prokhin, St. Francis College, Assistant Coach, Water Polo

Vernisha Andrews, Florida Southern College, Assistant Coach, Basketball

Raquel Atawo, Washington State University, Head Coach, Tennis

Vanese Barnes, Tufts University, Graduate Assistant Coach, Basketball

Angelica Baylon, California State University Stanislaus, Assistant Coach, Basketball

Madeline Beal, DePaul University, Assistant Coach, Volleyball

Sam Benzing, College of St. Scholastica, Assistant Coach, Skiing

Kari-lei Berry, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Head Coach, Lacrosse

Ashley Bishop, Bridgewater State University, Head Coach, Field Hockey

Priscilla Brooks, California State University San Bernardino, Assistant Coach, Basketball

Coretta Brown, Eastern Kentucky University, Assistant Coach, Basketball

Liz-Amanda Brown, South Carolina State University, Head Coach, Soccer

Tyler Brown, Illinois Wesleyan University, Assistant Coach, Volleyball

Leanne Cardoso-Bastos, Allegheny College, Assistant Coach, Soccer

Britney Carrington, USA Wrestling, Head Coach, Wrestling

Katrina Carter, University of California at Berkeley, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey

Dani Castro, Indiana University, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey

Kara Christian, Presbyterian College, Head Coach, Acrobatics & Tumbling

April Cornell-DeAngelis, Colgate University, Head Coach, Field Hockey

Jazmine Craig, St. Francis College, Assistant Coach, Volleyball

Sarah Dessner, Georgian Court University, Assistant Coach, Basketball

Michele Dombrowski, The University of the South, Head Coach, Lacrosse & Field Hockey

Emiria Dunn, Sonoma State, Head Coach, Soccer

Sara Emerich, Manchester University, Head Coach, Softball

Kate Faix Bennett, Las Positas College, Head Water Polo Coach, Assistant Swimming & Diving Coach

Treasure Fields, Baylor University, Director of Operations, Acrobatics & Tumbling

Lauren Flowers, California State University Stanislaus, Head Coach, Volleyball

Megan Frazer, Stanford University, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey

Sareea Freeman, Events DC, Volleyball

Bronwen Gainsford, Wittenberg University, Head Coach, Field Hockey

Sade Gant, North Central College, Graduate Assistant Coach, Track & Field

Laura Gebhart, Penn State University, Associate Head Coach, Field Hockey

Grace Goodbarn, Centre College, Head Coach, Field Hockey

Christine Griffith, Cleveland State University, Head Coach, Fencing

Jane Grimley-Gunn, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Head Coach, Soccer

Caitlin Hadzimichalis, King’s College, Head Coach, Basketball

Myia Hambrick, University of Utah, Volunteer Assistant Coach, Gymnastics

Michaela Hamilton, Olivet College, Head Coach, Softball

Nicole Hannan, Volleyball Australia, Assistant Coach, Volleyball

Kaylee Harnen, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Assistant Coach, Ice Hockey

Jaleesa Harper, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Head Coach, Volleyball

Perrmella Harris, Morgan State University, Associate Head Coach, Acrobatics & Tumbling

Annabel Harvey, Henderson State University, Head Coach, Tennis & Cross Country

Jeri Jacobson Owsley, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Head Coach, Basketball

Megan Jensen, Washington College, Assistant Coach, Soccer

Sara Johnson, University of Minnesota, Director of Operations, Soccer

Kamille Jones, University of Illinois Springfield, Head Coach, Volleyball

Sydney Kanne, Willamette University, Assistant Coach, Swimming

Samantha Kastner, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Head Coach, Softball

Grainne Kelly, Illinois Wesleyan University, Head Coach, Lacrosse

Jordan Koehler, Saint Mary’s College, Head Coach, Golf

Diana Kussainova, Georgetown University, Assistant Coach, Tennis

Erin Labasan, Lewis & Clark College, Head Coach, Volleyball

Callie Lekas, Wellesley College, Head Coach, Field Hockey

Elizabeth Levy, Case Western Reserve University, Assistant Coach, Swimming & Diving

Mikayla Lopez, Bethany College, Head Coach, Basketball

Sam Mancinelli, Tufts University, Assistant Coach, Basketball

Josie Matlick, Davis & Elkins College, Assistant Coach, Soccer

Kate McCauley, Saint Vincent College, Head Coach, Volleyball

Jill McCormick, Santa Rosa Junior College, Head Coach, Swimming & Diving

Camille McPherson, Capital University, Head Coach, Basketball

Genee McRath, Tennessee State University, Head Coach, Softball

Donye’ Monroe, Manchester University, Head Coach, Soccer

Erin Moore, Bentley University, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey

Kelsey Morrison, Geneva College, Head Coach, Soccer

Ellen Newton, D’Youville University, Assistant Coach, Lacrosse

Mary Nolte, Williams College, Assistant Coach, Track & Field/Cross-Country

Rachel Oberholtzer, Fort Valley State University, Assistant Coach, Softball

Arlicia Ortiz, Fayetteville State University, Assistant Coach, Volleyball

Christiana Oyawale, Barry university, Assistant Coach, Volleyball

Pamela Perkins, Tuskegee University, Head Coach, Volleyball

Breena Proctor, Mount Holyoke College, Head Coach, Soccer

Brittney Randolph, Head Coach, Field Hockey

Ashley Reinecke, Transylvania University, Co-Head Coach, Soccer

Krista Rice, Oakland University, Head Coach, Volleyball

Lisa Ritchie, Mount Holyoke College, Assistant Coach, Track & Field

Erin Rotchford, SUNY Morrisville, Head Coach, Basketball

Alicia Schuck, Rollins College, Head Coach, Soccer

Noelani Schulmeyer, Amherst College, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey

Melissa Schwab, Elmhurst University, Head Coach, Golf & Basketball

Jessica Scott, University of Minnesota, Assistant Coach, Ice Hockey

Mikie Sevick, West Virginia University, Assistant Coach, Rowing

Roseanna Smith, Oberlin College, Running Backs Coach, Football

Tra’Dayja Smith, Saint Louis University, Assistant Coach, Basketball

Jennifer Spalding, Citrus College, Head Coach, Water Polo

Morgan Stacey, St. Norbert College, Assistant Coach, Ice Hockey

Jennifer Stadler, Chadron State College, Head Coach, Volleyball

Katie Stansbury, Oberlin College, Assistant Coach, Volleyball

Magda Stepnik, Bates College, Assistant Coach, Tennis

Cailyn Straubel, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Head Coach, Volleyball

Sydney Supica, Brown University, Assistant Coach, Field Hockey

Alyssa Taramona, Texas Woman’s University, Assistant Coach, Soccer

Kelcie Tolan, Cal State University San Bernardino, Assistant Coach, Volleyball

Lauren Torvi Prochazka, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Head Coach, Volleyball

Katie Trace, The Ohio State University, Assistant Coach, Swimming & Diving

Morgan Tucker, California State University Monterey Bay, Assistant Coach, Water Polo

Kristen Van Iderstine, Brown University, Director of Football Administration, Football

Tiana Webster, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Assistant Coach, Track & Field/Cross-Country

Kim Wudi, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Head Coach, Volleyball

Kaye Zoolakis, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Assistant Coach, Swimming & Diving

May 21-23 NCAA Academy 2.0 Class #6 Participants:

Dawn Barnes, Upward Stars Columbia VBC, Head Coach, Volleyball

Noelle Brouillard, Whitworth University, Head Coach, Lacrosse

Christine Clancy, Washington and Lee University, Head Coach, Basketball

Pietie Coetzee-Turner, Wake Forest University, Associate Head Coach, Field Hockey

Angela Dendas-Pleasant, Lewis & Clark College, Head Strength Coach, Strength & Conditioning

Lilia Dosalmas, University of California Santa Cruz, Head Coach, Soccer

Ashley Johnson, Colorado College, Assistant Coach, Lacrosse

Szandra Kiss, Arizona State University, Assistant Coach, Water Polo

Olivia Leavitt, Lehigh University, Head Coach, Tennis

Laura LeDuc, Trojan Aquatics, Head Coach, Aquatics & Water Polo

Justine Lombardi, St. Francis Brooklyn, Head Coach, Soccer

Amy Long, Saint Mary’s College, Head Coach, Lacrosse

Kat Mertz, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Head Coach, Soccer

Camise Patterson, Florida A&M University, Head Coach, Softball

Jen Scanlon, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, Head Coach, Soccer

Emily Schmit, California State University, Monterey Bay, Head Coach, Water Polo

Abbey Sutherland, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Head Coach, Volleyball

Donika Sutton, Tennessee State University, Head Coach, Volleyball

Benay Weintraub, Caltech, Head Coach, Tennis

Kari Williams, Rutgers University, Head Coach, Golf

For more information about our NCAA Women Coaches Academy, please click here. If interested in funding an Academy Scholarship, click here.

WeCOACH Celebrates 20 Years of NCAA Women Coaches Academy

May 8, 2023

May 8, 2023 – When coaches arrive in Denver later this month for the 52nd NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA), it will mark the 20th year WeCOACH has hosted this transformational program. To commemorate the 20th Anniversary celebration, WeCOACH has more than doubled the 2023 class size (103 participants) and this year’s Academy will feature new traditions and special touches, including welcoming back several WCA graduates along with our organization’s founders to serve as faculty and ambassadors for this year’s class.

“We are very excited to commemorate 20 years and 51 WCA classes that includes over 2,100 graduates. This will give us an opportunity to celebrate the progress women have made in coaching, and an opportunity to strategize on the work that still needs to be done to empower women to pursue, stay in, and succeed in the coaching profession,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH. “We are incredibly proud that data demonstrates our Academies help retain women coaches at a rate higher than the national average.”

In 2003, Celia Slater, Judy Sweet, and Ann Salerno worked with the NCAA to pilot a program for women coaches across all sports and all NCAA divisions. These programs became what is known as the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. The first-ever Women Coaches Academy (WCA) was held June 8, 2003 at Bryn Mawr College (PA) and there were 26 coaches who graduated.

“I feel very grateful to have been a part of something so special that has helped many women coaches along the way. It’s humbling to see that 20 years later it is still developing, inspiring and connecting women coaches of all sports. We all need a supportive community now more than ever where we feel like we belong. Being a part of this one can change your life just like it did mine,” said Celia Slater, Academy co-creator and CEO of True North Sports.

Year after year, session after session, there was continued feedback that women coaches needed an organization whose vision was cultivated with them in mind: a supportive network, educational opportunities, and developmental resources specific to their needs – because women coaches face unique challenges that their male counterparts do not. In response to this feedback, Celia Slater and Judy Sweet co-founded a non-profit organization, the Alliance of Women Coaches in 2011, which became the umbrella organization for the NCAA Women Coaches Academy.

“The women coaches academies have brought together women coaches from a variety of sports, not just to add to their tool kit, but also show them they are not alone in the challenges they face. The support systems that have developed have helped coaches to stay in the profession and be successful,” said Judy

Sweet, Academy co-creator and former NCAA Senior Vice President & NCAA Membership President (1991-92).

Academy co-creator and CEO of The Change Cycle Series, Ann Salerno shared, “It was an honor to be a part of the development team for the NCAA Women Coaches Academy! We built a curriculum that was focused on teaching coaches’ pragmatic management skills and strategies beyond their sport-specific fundamentals – and it worked! Coaches learned new ways to advocate for their student athletes and themselves as sport professionals. Here’s to women coaches at all levels, having the opportunity via WeCOACH to further their coaching career goals and aspirations!”

Since the inaugural Academy in 2003, there have been 51 NCAA WCA classes. In those 20 years of Academy classes, over 2,100 coaches have completed the program and graduated. The Academies have been so impactful and inspiring that many of the graduates have returned over the years to serve as faculty.

In addition, research shows that the Academies have been instrumental in keeping coaches in the profession. According to Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, over 82 percent of Academy graduates are still coaching, and this retention rate is higher than the national average. There are countless testimonials from past WCA grads that highlight the impact of the multi-day experience. You can access just a few of the powerful remarks here.

NCAA Director of Leadership Development, DeeDee Merritt expressed, “The NCAA Women Coaches Academy has provided education, enrichment and development to scores of coaches over its 20-year span. Learners form bonds that carry them forward in their careers and lives. The NCAA is a proud sponsor of this impactful opportunity. Congratulations on a job well done!”

Based on the profound amount of time spent with other coaches and the substantial content that the WCA had shown to provide, graduates called for a next-level Academy. Thus, NCAA Academy 2.0 was launched in 2018. Designed as a smaller class setting, 2.0 is a next-level, master training that builds upon and advances the leadership skills, strategies, and knowledge gained from attending WCA. Due to the success of WCA and 2.0, there are future goals of offering more opportunities, such as additional Academy classes each year in different locations and adding an Aspiring Women Coaches Academy and an Academy 3.0.

WeCOACH will announce the participants for 2023 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Class #52 and NCAA Academy 2.0 Class #6 on Monday, May 15. For more information about our Academies, please click here.

WeCOACH Extends Partnership with The United States Marine Corps

April 25, 2023

April 25, 2023 – WeCOACH is honored to announce the fourth year of its national partnership with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) that will create multiple opportunities for WeCOACH members to build relationships with and engage in leadership programming offered by the Marines. This collaborative partnership includes Marine presence and support across several WeCOACH programs and events, including the 2023 WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academy & Academy 2.0, where the Marines will serve as graduation sponsors.

The Marines have a mission that aligns with the work WeCOACH members do every day. The United States Marine Corps Influencer Program offers coaches, teams, and athletics administrators local community-engagement opportunities such as Marine-led leadership presentations, team workouts, team talks, and community service projects. WeCOACH members are also eligible to apply to participate in the annual Marine Corps Educators & Coaches Workshops, offering coaches the opportunity to learn more about aspirational service to the nation while networking with other coaches looking to improve their teams and student outcomes.

“Our partnership with the Marine Corps is particularly special because we are similar-missioned organizations that shape, train and develop leaders for greater good and impact. Our growing community shares a fighting spirit much like that of the Marines. The Marines have a proven track record of cultivating some of the greatest leaders in our country’s history, and we are incredibly proud to continue to join forces with them to cultivate those leadership skills within our coaches,” said WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs.

“The United States Marine Corps looks forward to working with the coaches and community of WeCOACH,” said Lt. Col. Rob Dolan. “Our partnership with WeCOACH creates and forges advocacy among a diverse group of female coaches who cultivate a fighting spirit among their athletes.”

Coaches and Marines both share a passion for transforming young people into high-caliber citizens of our great Nation. Through this partnership, WeCOACH is able to spread public awareness of the Marine Corps’ purpose and core values. To learn more, click here. To become a Marine Influencer today, visit: marines.com/influencer.

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WeCOACH Announces New Partnership with University of Nevada, Reno Sports Management Program

March 6, 2023

March 6, 2023WeCOACH is excited to announce a new national partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno Sports Management Program (UNR-SPTM). Through this mutually beneficial collaboration, leaders from the UNR-SPTM program will engage in WeCOACH events as featured presenters and their academic program will offer resources as an enhanced member benefit for the WeCOACH Community. Current students participating in the University of Nevada, Reno Executive Certificate in Sports Management program will have the opportunity to participate in WeCOACH programs and events year-round.

The nine (9)-month Executive Certificate in Sports Management program is offered online through the UNR College of Business. The program is uniquely designed for sports industry professionals to gain business management and leadership skills and learn best practices needed to launch a successful career in the sports industry. Classes are taught by prominent industry leaders, and the program also includes a unique two-and-a-half day Tahoe Sports Summit led by industry experts. Program participants gain relevant and in-depth knowledge surrounding all sports at all levels, a community that WeCOACH is dedicated to serve. For students, coaches, or athletics administrators interested in advanced education, the 2023 UNR-SPTM admissions application deadline is June 1.

“We are excited to begin this new collaboration with the University of Nevada, Reno Sports Management Program. Our WeCOACH Community is committed to lifelong learning and this partnership empowers our coaches to advance their education through one of the nation’s leading academic programs. The UNR Executive Certificate is a powerful opportunity for advanced learning development and the best part is the program is online, so it can be completed from anywhere,” says Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO.

“The University of Nevada Sports Management Program is proud to partner with WeCOACH and believe in their vision under the incredible leadership of CEO Fuchs,” said Cary Groth, Director of the University of Nevada Sports Management Program. “Our partnership will enable us to provide our students with the most relevant and current best practices that will enable them to be the best leaders they can be.” Jessie Carmak, a recent graduate of the SPTM program and a member of the WeCOACH family, shared her experience with the program, stating “As a young administrator and coach, the Nevada Sports Management Program has been life and career changing. It has allowed me to learn and interact with the best of the best in the sports world who want to help young leaders grow personally and professionally.”

One of the first partnership collaborations features Cary Groth serving as a co-presenter during the March 27 WeCOACH CATCH A VISION: Aspiring Women Coaches Workshop on the topic, “The Art of Getting Hired.” To learn more about UNR-SPMT and all WeCOACH partners, visit wecoachsports.org/get-involved/wecoach-partners. To learn more about WeCOACH programs and member benefits, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/why-join.

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About WeCOACH

Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, 50 years later, data indicates that number has decreased to a stagnant 41% in all three NCAA Divisions, with only 7.3% women coaches of color. Five percent of women coach men’s teams, and at the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. As part of its year-long Title IX 50th Anniversary campaign, WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS to help change the landscape for women coaches and to impact history for the next 50 years. For more information, visit wecoachsports.org/50th.

WeCOACH Partners with Conferences Representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) 

February 21, 2023

February 21, 2023 – WeCOACH is proud to announce a historic partnership with all five HBCU collegiate athletics conferences to support and increase the number of women coaches of color in the profession. All HBCU and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) not affiliated with an HBCU athletic conference are also included in this partnership. As our newest WeCOACH members, over 900+ women coaches from these esteemed institutions and conferences now have access to year-round professional growth and leadership development programs, including participation in WeAMPLIFY, an initiative created in 2020 to drive conversations and change surrounding social and institutional barriers. WeCOACH aims to amplify the voices, presence, and experiences of women coaches of color nationwide. 

The partnering conferences representing 56 institutions include: the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAC), and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Four of these conferences are affiliated with the NCAA, and we welcome the GCAC as our first-ever NAIA conference-wide member, further expanding our mission to serve women coaches in all national collegiate athletic organizations. 

“The GCAC is excited to partner with WeCOACH to provide our coaches with opportunities for expert programming to propel their professional development. Thanks to CEO Vanessa Fuchs, her team, as well as board member Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree and Dr. Renae Myles-Payne for their passion and commitment to increasing the number of women coaches nationwide,” said Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, GCAC Commissioner. 

This partnership also features a collaboration with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota, as well as the NCAA Inclusion and Leadership Development Offices, to expand the research available on women coaches of color. Based on the 2021-22 Women in College Coaching Report Card released by the Tucker Center, women coaches of color are vastly underrepresented (7.3%) as Division I head coaches of women’s teams. The NCAA’s 2022 report, The State of Women in College Sports, estimated about 16% of female head coaches of women’s teams in all three NCAA divisions are minority women, and minority women hold around 24% of assistant coaching positions for women’s teams. Tucker Center Director, Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi notes, “The Tucker Team is honored to collaborate with the WeCOACH community to design action-oriented research that will help remove barriers and increase supports for women coaches of color.” 

“This powerful partnership has been made possible through grant funding from the Truist Charitable Fund to expand the impact of our WeAMPLIFY program and will feature monthly professional development initiatives, both in-person and virtual,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH. “Our organization exists to move the numbers of women in coaching and the current data on women of color tells us an investment of resources and dedicated action is necessary to close the gaps. By exponentially increasing women coaches of color in the profession, not only will we see the overall numbers start to move at a faster rate, but most importantly, female student-athletesacross the country will benefit from seeing women leaders in sport who look like them, which will help them catch a vision for their own lives and careers.” 

The CIAA is the first HBCU conference-wide member to join WeCOACH. “This partnership with WeCOACH aligns with our strategic efforts to provide leadership opportunities for our coaches and administrators,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. “Anytime we can position the CIAA to be in a space of advocacy and change and 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.” 

SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland shared, “the Southwestern Athletic Conference is extremely excited to partner with WeCOACH for programming and initiatives that we truly feel will positively impact the coaches and administrators within our league.” This unique program will undoubtedly serve as a catalyst towards advancing our conferences and our HBCUs while simultaneously providing the participants with professional development and opportunities that will help shape the foundation of their respective careers. This partnership is a win-win for our league and all parties involved and we look forward to celebrating the success that will follow its implementation.” 

MEAC Commissioner Sonja Stills spoke about how WeCOACH’s plan aligns with the MEAC’s mission and more. “Providing opportunities and pushing for more inclusive leadership spaces, both in athletics and in general, is at the foundation of what we do in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Particularly on the heels of Title IX’s 50th anniversary, it’s incumbent upon us to continue working to make those opportunities available for women. The MEAC is proud to support WeCOACH and look forward to doing our part in advocating for the women coaches in our conference – both current and forthcoming as our student-athletes graduate and transition into the professional world.” 

“The SIAC is excited to support the mission and vision of WeCOACH in its effort to recruit, advance, and retain women coaches in all sports and levels through its year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. The SIAC strives to create an inclusive culture that encourages women to lead and provides opportunities for access to roles in leadership on and off the playing fields. This partnership ensures our core principles are aligned with our quest to create a diverse talent pool for our member institutions,” said Anthony Holloman, SIAC Commissioner. 

In addition to WeAMPLIFY, the women coaches representing these conferences will benefit from year-round programs and resources, including the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, Academy 2.0, Regional Workshops, Mentor Program, monthly Video Chats, Breakthrough Summit, and more. To learn more about WeCOACH member benefits, visit wecoachsports.org/membership/why-join. 

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About the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) 

Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first, and longest running, African American athletic conference in the U.S. and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. In 2020, the conference celebrates the special 75th anniversary of its Championship Basketball Tournament – an event that has become a must-see in the African American community. The Basketball Tournament has been honored as a 2019 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, for both 2018 and 2019. 

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 12 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Claflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University. To get the latest information about the CIAA, visit theciaa.com. 

About the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) 

The GCAC is celebrating its 40th year as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The GCAC is one of only five conferences comprised of members representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States. The GCAC membership includes Dillard University (LA), Fisk University (TN), Oakwood University (AL), Philander Smith College (AR), Rust College (MS), Southern University at New Orleans (LA), Tougaloo College (MS), and Wiley College (TX). The University of the Virgin Islands joins the conference July 1, 2023, becoming the ninth member of the GCAC. The GCAC sponsors championships in Men and Women’s Basketball, Men and Women’s Cross Country, Men, and Women’s Track and Field, Women’s Volleyball, and Baseball. For more information, visit gcaconf.com. 

About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) 

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is in its 52nd year of intercollegiate competition with the 2022-23 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of eight outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University. For more information, visit meacsports.com. 

About the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) 

The SIAC is a NCAA athletic conference consisting primarily of historically black colleges and universities with headquarters in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The SIAC includes 14 member institutions (Albany State University, Allen University, Benedict College, Central State University, Clark Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Savannah State University, Spring Hill College, and Tuskegee University), which are located within a contiguous six-state footprint (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio). The SIAC sponsors seven men’s and six women’s sports and is a proud member of the NCAA Division II. For more information, visit thesiac.com. 

About the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) 

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams. Current championship competition offered by the league for men includes baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and tennis. Women’s competition is offered in the sports of basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. For more information, visit swac.org. 

About WeCOACH 

Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, 50 years later, data indicates that number has decreased to a stagnant 41% in all three NCAA Divisions, with only 7.3% women coaches of color. Five percent of women coach men’s teams, and at the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. As part of its year-long Title IX 50th Anniversary campaign, WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS to help change the landscape for women coaches and to impact history for the next 50 years. For more information, visit wecoachsports.org/50th. 

 

WeCOACH Expands Partnership with Return on Inclusion™ 

February 16, 2023

 February 16, 2023 – WeCOACH is proud to announce an expanded partnership with industry-leading diversity and inclusion experts, Return on Inclusion™ (ROI), that includes Inclusive Leader education for the WeCOACH staff and Board of Directors. ROI is a 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. 

The ROI Inclusive Leader Bundle includes six modules covering inclusion priorities determined by athletic administrators and coaches to be the areas of greatest developmental need. The learning modules focus on belonging, cultural competence, bias & microaggressions, anti-racism & privilege, LGBTQ+ inclusion & gender stereotypes, as well as the opportunity to create a personal leadership action plan. Upon completion of the self-paced modules, each participant earns a ROI Inclusive Leader Certificate. 

“I am excited for our staff and Board of Directors to partner with Nevin Caple and the entire ROI team to provide this critical training for our WeCOACH leadership. ROI aligns with our organization’s values of community and inclusion, and in everything we do, we want to model the way for fostering and cultivating a caring, diverse, and inclusive community for all 7,000+ members. Nevin is a longtime NCAA Women Coaches Academy faculty member, and we are grateful for her powerful impact on our community.” said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO. 

“Working with strategic partners who prioritize and invest in DEI learning for their Board and leadership team alongside that of membership is paramount and sets the tone for collaboration,” said ROI Founder & CEO, Nevin Caple. “This work becomes deeply personal and transformative when we take the time to reflect on our own experiences and develop the skills to lead inclusively. I am grateful for Vanessa and her team as WeCOACH continues to drive positive impact and exemplify who we can be as athletics professionals.” 

Through the WeCOACH Member Benefits Partners Program, ROI offers WeCOACH members exclusive discounted pricing to help every coach and athletic administrator develop the skills and competencies necessary to support student-athletes and achieve inclusive excellence in programs. For more information on ROI, visit: roinclusion.com. 

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About Return on Inclusion 

Return On Inclusion™ (ROI) is a sport-specific diversity and inclusion learning platform dedicated to developing inclusive leaders in college and high school athletics. The self-paced modules standardize learning methods to ensure coaches, athletic administrators, and support staff develop the competencies necessary to support student-athletes across social and cultural differences. ROI partnered with the 

National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) which endorsed ROI for athletic 

About WeCOACH 

Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, 50 years later, data indicates that number has decreased to a stagnant 41% in all three NCAA Divisions, with only 7.3% women coaches of color. Five percent of women coach men’s teams, and at the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. As part of its year-long Title IX 50th Anniversary campaign, WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS to help change the landscape for women coaches and to impact history for the next 50 years. For more information, visit wecoachsports.org/50th. 

WeCOACH Announces New Two-Year Partnership with Gatorade Performance Partner

January 31, 2023

January 31, 2023 – WeCOACH is excited to announce a two-year partnership with Gatorade, the world’s global leader in sports fuel. Through this partnership, WeCOACH members will have opportunities to learn from the Gatorade team of hydration, nutrition, sports-science and research experts, as well as access to world-class performance resources. Specifically, Gatorade will provide presenters for WeCOACH leadership programs and offer dedicated online performance tools, articles, videos and more to benefit WeCOACH members.

“On behalf of our WeCOACH Community, we are thrilled to welcome Gatorade, and we look forward to the learning opportunities created through this partnership,” said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO. “WeCOACH is experiencing exponential growth, and this partnership will empower our expanding network of sports coaches, strength & conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, nutrition professionals and athletic administrators with performance resources to benefit themselves, as well as the student-athletes they lead.”

“Gatorade is proud to announce this exciting partnership with WeCOACH,” said Molly Matson, Marketing Director, Gatorade. “As we continue to grow the first multidisciplinary community of sports practitioners with Gatorade Performance Partner and support practitioners in their work, WeCOACH is a great addition that allows us to expand our audience. WeCOACH has done tremendous work to empower women in coaching, and we are eager to support their efforts with our expertise in sports science and our ever-growing network of sports practitioners.”

On April 6, National Student-Athlete Day, Gatorade will lead a WeCOACH Video Chat on The Female Athlete: Energy and Nutrition Strategies. To learn more about this Video Chat, visit wecoachsports.org/programs-events/video- chats-2. To learn more about Gatorade Performance Partner, visit performancepartner.gatorade.com/.

About Gatorade

The Gatorade Company, a division of PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP), meets the needs of consumers who participate in sports and fitness, through brands that include Gatorade, Propel, Muscle Milk and Evolve. The solutions they provide are driven by a deep understanding of the unique occasions and needs across athletic activity. Gatorade, their marquee brand, is underpinned by a 56-year history of studying the best athletes in the world, and sports nutrition research by the Gatorade Sport Science Institute, allowing it to provide scientifically formulated products that meet athletes’ needs both on and off the field. For more information and a full list of products, please visit www.gatorade.com.

 

About Gatorade Performance Partner

Gatorade Performance Partner is the first multidisciplinary community of sports performance professionals. Membership is free and provides exclusive benefits like complementary CEUs, science-backed resources, and opportunities to discover all the latest that Gatorade has to offer. For more information, visit performancepartner.gatorade.com/.

About WeCOACH

Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, 50 years later, data indicates that number has decreased to a stagnant 41% in all three NCAA Divisions, with only 7.3% women coaches of color. Five percent of women coach men’s teams, and at the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. As part of its year-long Title IX 50th Anniversary campaign, WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS to help change the landscape for women coaches and to impact history for the next 50 years. For more information, visit wecoachsports.org/50th.

Meet New WeCOACH Board Members; Huge Begins Term as Board President

January 30, 2023

January 30, 2023 – The WeCOACH Board of Directors announced the addition of four new board members: Yolanda Bronston, Dr. Missy Price, Ann Walker, and Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree, who begin their three-year terms this month.

Additionally, Samantha Huge, Executive Vice President of Collegiate Athletics for RealResponse, assumed the role of Board President, effective January 1. Tiffany D. Tucker, Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator at UNC-Wilmington, began her term as president-elect, and Teresa Gould, Pac-12 Conference Deputy Commissioner, transitions to past president. These leadership positions are one-year progressive terms.

“We are coming off an unprecedented year and the addition of these longtime professionals will help continue the upward trajectory. All four are current or former coaches representing several different sports and levels which will be key for advancing the WeCOACH mission to recruit, advance and retain women coaches in all sports and levels. Most importantly, they possess a big heart for positively impacting our growing community. I am very excited for our staff and membership to have the opportunity to work closely with these new board members,” said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO.

Get to know your new Board members:

Yolanda Bronston has over 25 years of coaching experience at various levels from toddlers to the NCAA Division I level. “Coach Yo” played basketball for Central Connecticut State University and following graduation she returned to her alma mater as Assistant Coach at Blacksburg High School (VA), where she was a state champion in track & field and state finalist in basketball. While coaching, Yolanda pursued her MBA degree at Old Dominion University, which led to a coaching position at Norfolk State University. In 2021, Yolanda was the recipient of the WeCOACH High School Breaking Through Award, recognizing a woman coach who has shown exemplary courage, resilience, and leadership in navigating the coaching profession at the high school level. Currently, Coach Yo serves as the Accounting Manager & Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park, FL. In her five years at the helm, the Lady Spartans have reached the state playoffs each year and their first District Championship in 29 years. WeTEACH. WeINSPIRE. WeMOTIVATE. WeLEAD.

Dr. Missy Price is the Vice President of Women’s Soccer at the United Soccer League (USL). She brings more than 20 years of experience as a coach, instructor, consultant, author, and public speaker. She earned her PhD in Sport Psychology at the University of Virginia and played soccer collegiately at the University of Maryland. Dr. Price served as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Wellesley College from 2016-2021. Prior to Wellesley, Price had coaching stops at the University of Nevada, University of Miami, University of Illinois and the University of Virginia. She is a two-time WeCOACH Academy graduate (WCA #35; A2 #1) and the first attendee to earn both the Judy Sweet and Cecile Reynaud Coaching Mastery Awards. As someone who holds numerous coaching licenses, Missy has also served as faculty at WCA, is past-president of the United Soccer Coaches, an advocate and outspoken member of the LQBTQ+ community, and most importantly, a mom.

Ann Walker has spent over 30 years in the world of coaching, administration, and the nonprofit sector. Walker began her career as a basketball coach and most recently served as the Director of Events and Communications for WeCOACH (2016-19). Prior to WeCOACH, Walker served two years (2014-16) as the Director of Athletics at Clark College and six years (2006-2012) as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Internal Ops/SWA at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). While at NSU, Walker served as the South Region Chair of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Committee and from 2008-2011, she served as the National Chair. In 2012, she was named the NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year by the Women Leaders in College Sports. Today, Ann is semi-retired and volunteers as a site rep for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament while also carrying out her personal commitment to help grow women in leadership positions in coaching, teaching, and administration.

Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree has an impressive and storied career as a higher education leader with more than 30 years in diverse roles. She made history in 2008 when she became the first female to serve as the Director of Athletics at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Her experiences as a college student-athlete, coach, and administrator led to her success as one of the longest-tenured athletic directors in NCCU history. Ingrid is a member of four Halls of Fame as a student-athlete, coach, and administrator. Ingrid has also served in various leadership positions on local, regional and national boards, including the NCAA Division II Volleyball Committee and NCAA Division I Council. Ingrid is a John C. Maxwell Certified team member and holds certifications in DEIB, Workplace Conflict Resolution, and is a certified facilitator of the 360 Leadership Assessment by the Center for Creative Leadership. She earned her undergraduate degree in criminal justice from George Washington University, a master’s degree in recreation resources administration, and a doctorate in higher education administration from North Carolina State University.

The WeCOACH Board of Directors will host its first meeting of the year on Thursday, February 2 at the NCAA National Office in Indianapolis. For a complete list of the WeCOACH Board of Directors, please click here.

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About WeCOACH

Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, 50 years later, data indicates that number has decreased to a stagnant 41% in all three NCAA Divisions, with only 7.3% women coaches of color. Five percent of women coach men’s teams, and at the youth level, the data is hard to estimate, approximately less than 20% of teams are coached by women. As part of its year-long Title IX 50th Anniversary campaign, WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS to help change the landscape for women coaches and to impact

WeCOACH Hosts Inaugural CATCH A VISION Workshop for Aspiring Women Coaches

December 13, 2022

December 13, 2022 – WeCOACH hosted its inaugural CATCH A VISION: Aspiring Women Coaches Workshop on Sunday, December 11, a free new virtual workshop that is open to any woman aspiring to coach in any sport, at any level. These workshops focus on best practices for securing coaching opportunities, networking, and career strategy to help women catch a vision for their careers and set them on a path toward landing their first coaching job. Over 150 women registered for the December 11 workshop.

“CATCH A VISION advances our WeCOACH mission to recruit, advance, and retain women coaches in all sports and levels. WeCOACH strives to be a national leader in actively recruiting more women coaches to build the pipeline of future leaders in sport. And this program has special meaning to me as it is named in honor of my collegiate coach, Sue Semrau, who continually empowered her student-athletes to catch a vision for their lives,” said WeCOACH CEO, Vanessa Fuchs.

Coach Semrau was joined by five current and former coaches representing different sports and levels for the inaugural CATCH A VISION workshop:

JoAnne Ferguson, Head Softball Coach at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

Nicole Lukic, Head Coach of Minnesota Aurora (USL W League)

Ana Rios, Head Cross Country & Head Girls Track Coach at Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School

Nickie Sanlin, Head Men’s & Women’s Volleyball Coach at McKendree University

Sue Semrau, Former Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Florida State University (retired)

Helen Williams, CEO of HMW Sports Consulting LLC (former DI, II & III basketball coach)

“Catching a vision for what you want to accomplish, and whom you want to be, is vital for success in our coaching careers. WeCOACH hosted an excellent program with this in mind. Aspiring young coaches heard from an outstanding and diverse panel of coaches who shared their “Why,” their plans after catching their vision, and the importance of celebrating the small victories along the way. Full discussion and breakout rooms provided a strong format for knowledge sharing and discussion,” said recently retired Florida State University Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Sue Semrau. “WeCOACH is making all the right moves to pour into coaches and move the needle for women in coaching!”

The interactive workshop format allowed participants to ask questions and gain advice from the featured coaching panel. Topics discussed included: knowing your coaching why, common career pathways, mentoring, lessons learned, tips for building experience & preparing for interviews, coaching resources, and navigating the unique challenges women face in sport.

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Magdeline Gigliotti, Fairmont State University Acrobatics and Tumbling student-athlete, was recognized as the first aspiring coach to register for the workshop and she shared this about her experience: “As a current female athlete who is looking forward to a career in coaching, the WeCOACH Aspiring Women Coaches Workshop was a great opportunity to ask established women coaches questions about their experiences and to network with other young women who intend to get into coaching. I am so excited to be a part of WeCOACH and to attend and learn from all of the women involved in this organization! I’m sure they will provide so much valuable information for me and other young women as we look forward to entering the coaching profession!”

As we continue to celebrate Title IX at 50, the CATCH A VISION: Aspiring Women Coaches workshops will directly impact our MOVE the NUMBERS campaign to support and increase women in coaching. The next workshop will be held in Spring 2023. For more information, visit: wecoachsports.org/aspiring-women-coaches/.

WeCOACH Receives $125,000 Grant from Truist to Support WeAMPLIFY

November 30, 2022

WeCOACH has received a transformational grant in the amount of $125,000 from Truist Financial Corporation through its Truist Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund at The Winston-Salem Foundation, to support WeAMPLIFY, our Women Coaches of Color initiative.

“The data tells us an investment of resources and dedicated action is needed to move the numbers to support and increase women in coaching, particularly women of color. This grant funding will enhance the professional leadership opportunities for our WeAMPLIFY participants, expand our recruiting and staffing efforts, and generate critical research data. On behalf of our entire WeCOACH Community, we are grateful to Truist for empowering our organization to advance and amplify the lives and careers of our members,” said WeCOACH CEO, Vanessa Fuchs.

WeAMPLIFY was created to drive change and conversation surrounding social and institutional
barriers, and to amplify the voices, visibility, and value of women coaches of color. Truist grant funding will grow our specific programming for women coaches of color to better equip them with tools to advance and thrive in their coaching careers. Through our existing virtual and now in-person WeAMPLIFY leadership and networking programs, WeCOACH will advance its mission to exponentially move the numbers in terms of recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels.

“Whether it’s on the field or in the workplace, supporting opportunities for women, including women of color, to grow and demonstrate their leadership is critical to gender and racial equality,” said Emily Dawkins, north Florida regional president for Truist. “The leadership training and programming that WeCOACH’s Women Coaches of Color initiative is making in the lives of female coaches encapsulates Truist’s purpose of inspiring and building better lives.”

The next WeAMPLIFY virtual gathering is scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2023. For more information, visit wecoachsports.org/programs-events/weamplify/.

 

WeCOACH Forty Conferences Participating in New Divisions II & III Development Program

October 24, 2022

WeCOACH is proud to announce 40 Division II & III conferences have committed to participate in our inaugural Women Coaches Development Program. Initially launched by WeCOACH in August 2022, this professional growth and leadership development program supports D-II & D-III women coaches across all sports by offering year-round events focused on timely issues impacting the coaching profession. In addition to the conferences, any Division II or III women coaches with a current WeCOACH membership are eligible to participate.

“The response to this program has been remarkable, and we are grateful for the leadership in each of the 40 conferences for investing in the growth and development of their women coaches. Our goal is for this program to have transformational impact on thousands of women coaches in Divisions II and III for many years to come,” said WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs.

The program offers a number of different opportunities for participants to engage throughout the year, highlighted by three 90-minute Development Sessions (fall, winter, & spring). The Fall Development Session begins today featuring Lisa Auld, LPC, NCC, and founder of Connection Counseling and Coaching, who will lead a conversation around “Mental Health Matters: How to Support Your Student-Athletes, Your Staff, and Yourself.” This Fall Development Session is being offered on three different dates (October 21, October 24, & November 9) to accommodate the schedules of as many participants as possible.

An additional element of the program includes efforts to actively build the pipeline of Division II & III women coaches through “Catch a Vision” workshops designed for aspiring women coaches—the first will be held Sunday, December 11, 2022 and will be open to any women aspiring to coach at any level of sport (youth, club, high school, college, professional, etc.). These workshops will provide best practices for securing coaching opportunities, networking, and career strategy.

 

2022-23 Divisions II & III Development Program Conferences (bold font represents conferences that have joined since the initial August 15, 2022 press release):

NCAA Division II Conferences:

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WeCOACH Introduces Team of Staff Dedicated to MOVE the NUMBERS

October 14, 2022

October 14, 2022 – WeCOACH CEO, Vanessa Fuchs is proud to introduce several new hires whose unwavering commitment to the mission and vast experiences will impact and elevate the WeCOACH Community. Whitney Davis Showalter (Director of Leadership Events & Branding), Maria Lopez (Director of Member Experience, Engagement, & Inclusion), Vicki Brown (Manager of Membership Growth & Development), and Lizzy Ristano (Manager of Leadership Events & Strategic Relationships) join Team WeCOACH to serve an all-time record high number of members. In addition, Aviana Goode and Priyana Kalita will continue to provide support as vital members of the team.

Highlighted by athletic participation and coaching experience across numerous different sports and at every level of sport, this team of talent joins WeCOACH from not only different parts of the country, but the world. Their comprehensive educational backgrounds demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and notably, three are NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) graduates.

“We set out to build a team who have a heart for our mission and mirror the diverse and inspirational community of leaders, mentors, and role models who we serve. We have assembled a dream team who will work each day toward achieving the lofty vision and strategic goals established for WeCOACH. With our staff, events, and in all aspects of our organization, WeCOACH will strive to model and epitomize what support looks like for women in sports.” said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO.

Get to know Team WeCOACH:

Whitney Davis Showalter (she/her), Director of Leadership Events & Branding
Born and raised in Southwest, Virginia, Whitney is a former Virginia Tech softball studentathlete and went on to work for her alma mater as a student and Volunteer Assistant before becoming the program’s first Director of Softball Operations. She also directed and coached a youth softball organization in the New River Valley (Virginia). Most recently, Whitney founded a lifestyle photography business. Whitney resides in Blacksburg with her
MOVE the NUMBERS husband David, two children Camden & Chase, and fur baby Beau (English Bulldog). Whitney’s creative talents and acute attention to detail will elevate all aspects of our transformational year-round programming and events offered by WeCOACH, including the premier NCAA Women Coaches Academy and Academy 2.0.

 

Maria Lopez (she/her), Director of Member Experience, Engagement, & Inclusion
Maria hails from Venezuela originally and moved to Florida where she was an AllAmerican tennis student-athlete at Barry University in Miami. She went on to coach at her alma mater, becoming a two-time national coach of the year before pursuing coaching opportunities at Longwood University and most recently at Boise State. Maria has served as an assistant, associate, and head coach, including experience developing players at the youth, high school, college, and professional levels. She is also a proud 2022 WCA Class #51 graduate. Maria resides in Boise, Idaho with her two fur babies Yassu and Izzy (Yorkies). Maria will apply her passion for establishing inclusive environments to provide the WeCOACH Community a best-in-class member experience and engagement opportunities.
Vicki Brown (she/her), Manager of Membership Growth & Development
An All-Big Ten volleyball student-athlete for the University of Illinois, Vicki most recently served as the Head Coach for the University of Iowa Women’s Volleyball program. Vicki is originally from Toledo, Ohio and was a two-sport standout (basketball and volleyball) in high school. She is a 2016 WCA Class #40 graduate who has also coached at the University of San Francisco (indoor and beach volleyball), University of California-Davis, Illinois State University, and University of Toledo. A newly wed, Vicki moved to Gainesville, Florida earlier this year after her
husband, Eric Werskey, was hired by the University of Florida Track & Field program as the Assistant Throws
Coach. Vicki’s expansive network in every level of sport and dedication to empowering women coaches will propel
WeCOACH’s reach, growth, and impact in new communities throughout the country.

 

Lizzy Ristano (she/her), Manager of Leadership Events & Strategic Relationships
A 2010 WCA #22 graduate, Lizzy grew up in Irvine, California as a two-sport studentathlete (soccer & softball) before becoming an All-BIG EAST softball player of the year for the University of Notre Dame. She went on to play for the USA Softball Women’s National Team. Lizzy gained experience in compliance and fundraising before returning to her alma mater as Notre Dame Softball’s Associate Head Coach for 17 years. She and her family recently moved to Tallahassee, Florida after her husband, Chuck Ristano, was hired as Florida State University’s Baseball Pitching Coach. Lizzy & Chuck have two children, Jane & CJ. Lizzy has been supporting WeCOACH membership functions since September and will now utilize her long-term familiarity with our organization to enhance, elevate, and expand WeCOACH leadership programming and events.

 

 

Aviana Goode (she/her), Coordinator of Creative Marketing & Branding
Aviana is a former track and field multi-event athlete at Syracuse University and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where she recently graduated with her master’s degree. Interested in pursuing a career in sports marketing, digital media and/or studentathlete development, Aviana has returned to her home state of New York where she has been assisting with WeCOACH social media planning and content design since August.

 

 

 

Priyana Kalita (they/she), Coordinator of Leadership Events & Strategic Initiatives
Recruited from India as a scholarship tennis student-athlete at Miami University (Ohio), Priyana graduated with a degree in Kinesiology (Coaching) & Women Gender and Sexuality Studies. Currently an FSU Sport Management master’s student scheduled to graduate in December 2022, they have been assisting with WeCOACH virtual events,
communications, and research projects since August. Priyana plans to pursue a doctoral degree and aspires to be a collegiate tennis coach.

 

 

 

“I would be remiss if I did not recognize and thank former Senior Director of Events and Branding, Jan Whitbeck, for her three years of leadership with WeCOACH—she will be a tremendous asset for the University of Minnesota’s Women’s basketball Program. It’s
important to me that through our team’s efforts, we are honoring and making proud our organization’s founders, former leaders and staff, Board members, and certainly our community of women coaches and allies. With this collaboration of talent, WeCOACH is well positioned to advance our mission to MOVE the NUMBERS to support and increase women in coaching.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About WeCOACH

Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, 50 years later, data indicates that number has decreased to a stagnant 43% in Division I (41% in all three NCAA Divisions), with only 7.3% women coaches of color. A dearth 5% women coach men’s teams, and at the youth level, the data is hard to estimate (approx. <20% of teams are coached by women). As part of its year-long Title IX 50th Anniversary campaign, WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS to help change the landscape for women coaches and to impact history for the next 50 years. For more information visit wecoachsports.org/50th

WeCOACH Announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

October 10, 2022

WeCOACH with partners Hudl and Jostens are proud to announce the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. This prestigious award is presented to women in sports who succeed at the highest levels in their respective careers, while also displaying an unwavering commitment, pioneering spirit, and trailblazing leadership to empower and pave the way for girls and women in all sports and levels to breakthrough for many generations to come.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX this year, we recognize and honor three deserving Lifetime Achievement Award recipients: Coach Nikki Franke, recently retired Temple University Women’s Fencing Head Coach, Coach Carol Hutchins, recently retired University of Michigan Softball Head Coach, and Coach Jodi Manore, Bedford High School (Michigan) Varsity Girls Volleyball Head Coach.

All three recipients of this year’s award will be formally recognized during the 2022 BreakThrough Summit on Friday, December 16 in Omaha, Nebraska. Registration details for this year’s BreakThrough Summit can be found here.

“It is only fitting that as part of our Title IX at 50 celebration, we are honoring three longtime, highly successful women coaches who are the epitome of what Title IX has meant to so many women in sports. Coach Franke, Coach Hutchins, and Coach Manore have not only won a lot of contests in their careers, they have established holistic program cultures for other coaches to emulate. What’s even more remarkable is the lifelong impact they have had on the many, many student-athletes they have coached. They are leaders, they are role models, and their legacies are forever cemented. WeCOACH is grateful these three coaches are a part of our Community, and we are thrilled to honor them for their inspirational achievements,” said Vanessa Fuchs, WeCOACH CEO.

About Coach Nikki Franke
As our country celebrates Title IX at 50, Dr. Nikki Franke celebrated her 50th year at the helm of Temple University’s Women’s Fencing, a program that she founded in 1972. Over those 50 years she amassed a 898-277 career record, complete with a National Championship in the 1992 campaign. She also received the United States Fencing Coaches Association Women’s Fencing Coach of the Year honors in 1983, 1987, 1988, and 1991. Franke was the first and only black female head coach of any NCAA Division I Fencing Programs in the country at the time of her retirement in August 2022. Coach Franke was also a co-founder of the Black Women in Sport Foundation which focuses on introducing inner city youth to non-traditional sports and mentoring women of color involved in all aspects of sport. Later this year she will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame which is her fifth Hall of Fame induction. She has also been inducted into the Women’s Sports Foundation, Temple Athletics (as a team and individual) and Brooklyn College Halls of Fame. As an athlete, she was a member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic teams and was the USA Fencing National Foil Champion in both 1975 and 1980, respectively. Her legacy continues to be paid forward as her successor at the time of her retirement is one of her former student-athletes, Coach Jennie Salmon.

About Coach Carol Hutchins
The NCAA’s all-time winningest softball coach in history, Coach “Hutch” masterfully steered the University of Michigan’s softball program for 38 seasons before she retired this past August. Hutchins is also the winningest coach — male or female — in Michigan Athletics history. Her impressive record of 1707-555-5, included 12 appearances in the Women’s College World Series complete with a National Championship in 2005–the first of any Division I program east of the Mississippi River. Hutch’s Wolverines also claimed 22 Big Ten regular season titles, 10 Big Ten Tournament Championships and qualified for the NCAA Tournament 29 out of her 38 seasons. Inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006, Hutchins earned Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year honors 18 times, eight NFCA Regional Coach of the Year awards and a pair of NFCA National Coach of the Year honors. In 2016, she was named the inaugural recipient of espnW’s Pat Summitt Coaching Award, presented to the coach who “exemplifies the character and courage” of the legendary basketball coach who led the Tennessee Lady Vols.

About Coach Jodi Manore
Coach Jodi Manore entered her 38th season as the Varsity Girls Volleyball Head Coach at Bedford High School (Michigan) in August of 2022. As of July 2022 she held an overall record of 2175-383-63 for a winning percentage of 84 percent. In 2015 she surpassed the record for most match wins by a high school varsity coach in the nation at 1,833. That’s a difference of 342 more wins than any other coach. Her accolades include numerous Hall of Fame honors including the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA), American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the Michigan HS Coaches Association (MHSCA). She has led her Bedford team to three state championships, five state runner-ups, and 16 semi-final appearances. Coach Manore also holds 24 regional, 31 district, and 16 of 21 conference titles during her tenure. Of her many remarkable achievements, Coach Manore maintains she is most proud of having more than 100 former athletes go on to play volleyball in college.

 

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About JOSTENS
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About WeCOACH
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, 50 years later, data indicates that number has decreased to a stagnant 43% in Division I (41% in all three NCAA Divisions), with only 7.3% women coaches of color. A dearth 5% women coach men’s teams, and at the youth level, the data is hard to estimate (approx. <20% of teams are coached by women). As part of its year-long Title IX 50th Anniversary campaign, WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS to help change the landscape for women coaches and to impact history for the next 50 years. For more information visit wecoachsports.org/50th.

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WeCOACH Announces Association-Wide Membership with the California Community College Athletic Association

September 22, 2022

WeCOACH is proud to announce an association-wide membership with the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). The CCCAA becomes the first Community College governing body in the country to activate an association-wide membership.

“The CCCAA is thrilled to partner with WeCOACH as our membership celebrates the 50th anniversary of Title IX,” said CCCAA Executive Director Jennifer Cardone. “WeCOACH offers a tremendous number of resources and programming which will greatly benefit the hundreds of women’s coaches we have throughout our 110 colleges.”

The CCCAAA sponsors 24 sports and women coaches within the association will benefit from unique programs and a wide array of resources, including the NCAA Women Coaches Academy & Academy 2.0, Regional Workshops, Mentor Program, monthly Video Chats, WeAMPLIFY (women of color initiative), BreakThrough Summit, and other year-round professional growth and leadership development programs.

“This partnership with the CCCAA furthers our mission to impact and elevate women coaches in all sports and levels. We are grateful to Jennifer Cardone’s leadership to empower hundreds of CCCAA women coaches to have the opportunity to engage in our transformational leadership programs, and we are very excited to welcome them to our WeCOACH Community— especially as we celebrate Title IX at 50,” said Vanessa Fuchs, CEO of WeCOACH.

The association-wide membership will be active immediately and extend to all women coaches at each CCCAA institution.

About The California Community College Athletic Association
The California Community College Athletic Association is an integral part of California’s extensive community college system. As authorized by the State Legislature, the Education Code provides the CCCAA the opportunity and authority to establish the rules and regulations to administer the intercollegiate athletic activities of the nearly 24,000 men and women student-athletes in the state.

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WeCOACH Introduces New Member Benefits Partners Program

August 29, 2022

WeCOACH has teamed up with numerous nationally renowned experts, consultants, speakers and resources as part of a new Member Benefits Partners Program that will positively impact and elevate our community of women coaches.  WeCOACH has a long history of offering year-round professional growth and leadership development programs for women coaches in all sports and levels.  This new Member Benefits Partners Program will enhance and add value to the many existing benefits that come with a WeCOACH annual membership.

The Partners who comprise this initial program rollout are some of the most well-respected experts in their respective fields–communication, mental health, DEI & belonging, leadership, program culture, generational strategies, career mapping, personal branding, and more.  Several Partners are former coaches across multiple different sports who are now “coaching from a different sideline” by pouring their knowledge and expertise into the current generation of coaches, administrators, and student-athletes.

Five Partners, Becky Burleigh (WCA Class #24), Betsy Butterick (WCA Class #29), Anya Covington (WCA Class #47), Dr. Jen Fry (WCA Class #1), and Molly Grisham (WCA Class #19), are WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academy Graduates who continue to engage with and generously give back to our community through their current work as national experts, speakers and consultants.  Partner Celia Slater (WeCOACH co-founder & founder of True North Sports) and Liz Masen (CEO & Client Director for Athlete Assessments), are some of the longest-tenured administrators and program faculty, respectively, in the history of WeCOACH.  And longtime WeCOACH supporter, The United States Marine Corps, is also offering to enhance morale, culture, and teamwork for women coaches and their teams through the USMC Influencer Program.

“Our WeCOACH Community is growing exponentially so we are incredibly appreciative and excited about partnering with so many talented professionals who will help us advance our mission of increasing and supporting women in coaching.  These Partners will not only serve as presenters and faculty during our upcoming programs and events, but through this partnership we are creating affordable opportunities for our WeCOACH members to bring these Partners’ important work to their schools, campuses, and communities,” said WeCOACH CEO, Vanessa Fuchs.

Member Benefits Partners:

  • Amazing Gray Personal Styling – Angie Roberts
  • Athlete Assessments – Liz Masen
  • Butterick Coaching & Communications, LLCBetsy Butterick
  • Connection Counseling and Coaching – Lisa Auld
  • HMW Sports, LLC – Helen Williams
  • human2human, LLC – Anya Covington
  • Jen Fry Talks, LLC – Dr. Jen Fry
  • MB Sports Consulting – Matt Banker
  • Influence, LLCMolly Grisham
  • Recreation Consulting, LLC – Dr. Gary T. Green
  • Refuse 2 Lose Coaching – Tami Matheny
  • Return On InclusionTM – Nevin Caple
  • The R.E.C. Center – Megan Hankins-Maldonado
  • True North SportsCelia Slater
  • U.S. Marine Corps Influencer Program
  • Victory Educational Athletics – Jake Von Scherrer
  • What Drives WinningBecky Burleigh
  • YBM Coaching Services, LLC – Yashica B. Martin

WeCOACH members will have opportunities to learn from and engage with each Partner during upcoming events and programs.  Partners are also offering their services, resources, toolkits, products, and training modules at special discounted rates for WeCOACH members.

Fuchs added, “WeCOACH is putting the finishing touches on a newly developed strategic plan and our top priority is providing a first-in-class experience and strong return on investment for WeCOACH members. Through initiatives like this new Partners Program, we will continue to create a multitude of affordable pathways to professional growth and leadership development for women in coaching.”

WeCOACH will announce additional Partners throughout the upcoming year.  For more information contact: admin@wecoachsports.org or visit: wecoachsports.org/membership/why-join.

Quotes from the WeCOACH Member Benefits Partners:

“Mental Health for athletes and coaches has always been important and as a mental health professional, it is so great to partner with an organization like WeCOACH who is making mental health the priority in the athletic community. With my background as a former college coach/athlete, I understand the pressures that come with the job and want to provide a space for this community to feel understood and heard.”
-Megan Hankins-Maldonado – The R.E.C. Center

“We are thrilled to join WeCOACH in partnership to help develop coaches of all sports at all levels. So much of what determines success happens off the court or field.  The work that WeCOACH does in preparing coaches aligns with our passion to equip them with skills that will allow them to achieve sustained excellence.”
-Helen Williams – HMW Sports, LLC

“I am so thrilled to be partnering with WeCOACH. I was part of the first Women Coaches Academy cohort, and I know the power of this organization. I look forward to connecting with all of you, learning together, and connecting in conversation.”
-Dr. Jen Fry – Jen Fry Talks, LLC

“When I attended the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in 2013, I experienced something wholly unique and incredibly impactful—female coaches from all sports and all divisions coming together to learn and grow. I loved my experience and the opportunity to partner with WeCOACH in support of elevating coach communication is both an honor and privilege.”
-Betsy Butterick – Butterick Coaching and Communications, LLC

“We are excited to partner with WeCOACH. Coaches have the greatest impact on the day-to-day experiences of student-athletes and this collaboration presents a unique learning opportunity for women coaches to lead inclusively across social and cultural differences. Through this partnership, ROI will strengthen its commitment to developing inclusive leaders at all levels of sport.”
Nevin Caple – Return On InclusionTM

“We are excited to partner with WeCOACH and offer their members tools and resources, and facilitators available in our Coach Development Academy.  We believe in the mission of WeCOACH and know the value of positive female role models coaching at all levels.”
-Celia Slater – True North Sports

“Amazing Gray Personal Styling is thrilled to partner with WeCOACH! Personal Style is much more than outfit creation but a unique expression of who you are and how you want to be perceived. My expertise working with women in leadership to create their personal brand is the perfect fit for the WeCOACH community.”
-Angie Roberts – Amazing Gray Personal Styling

“Athlete Assessments is thrilled to be continuing our long-standing relationship with WeCOACH.  Our whole team is extremely passionate about providing opportunities for women in sport, and we look forward to continuing to support WeCOACH members through this program.”
-Liz Masen – Athlete Assessments

“I am so excited to partner with WeCOACH and be aligned with and continue to support strong women. I am fortunate to have had great mentors along the way, both male and female, and I know how important it is for the next generation of women leaders and coaches to be able to have strong female role models and I’m honored to be a part of that.”
-Lisa Auld – Connection Counseling and Coaching

“I am excited to partner with WeCOACH and support its member coaches in their career pursuits and to serve as a professional resource on key topics including NIL, eligibility, recruiting, and the scholarship process that impacts college and youth sports. Thank you for this opportunity.”
-Matt Banker – MB Sports Consulting

“Growing up, I found confidence in myself through being an athlete. It gave me an outlet, work ethic, and a drive to believe I could change my circumstances.  This partnership with WeCOACH brings together my love of sport and intentional self-development.  If you are ready to level up in life and career, it is time to stop talking and start doing.”
-Yashica B. Martin – YBM Coaching Services, LLC

“The impact WeCOACH has on sports and female coaches is immeasurable. I am excited to be partnering with them and providing resources for the mental game.”
-Tami Matheny – Refuse 2 Lose Coaching

“I believe that teams don’t grow apart, they die apart and I am excited to share my expertise with the WeCOACH community. The reality is, healthier teams lead to happier humans, and happier humans lead to high-performing teams. Let’s work together to develop high-performing teams!”
-Molly Grisham – Influence, LLC

“It’s an honor to partner with WeCOACH and support the forward movement of advocacy and building strong, supported humans that happened to coach. As we navigate healing our individual souls which heals the whole, we provide B. R. A. V. E. spaces of belonging to help team building, inclusion and ultimately Equity to emerge. We’re ready to get to work and meet you were you’re at. Blessings!”
Anya B. Covington – human2human, LLC

“The Educational AD Podcast and Victory Educational Athletics are very excited and proud to partner with WeCOACH!  As we enter the next 50 years of Title IX, we want to continue to promote current leaders in athletic administration while also mentoring the next generation!  Together with WeCOACH, we are very much looking forward to the future.”
-Jake von Scherrer– Victory Educational Athletics

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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.


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