Mentor Program

Overview

WeCOACH offers the first of its kind, unique mentoring trios for coaches in all sports, levels, and years of experience. Research shows us that women coaches who have been coaching between 7-10 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 each trio, serving as both mentor and mentee.

Now in it’s fifth year, this annual development program aims to provide connections, networking and learning across sports. We remain committed to keeping women in coaching by creating trios to best serve each level of coach, while fostering growth for each individual across experience levels.

Mentoring Matters. This is what you can expect when you are a committed participant in the mentor program:

  • Experience enhanced job satisfaction.
  • Develop better critical thinking skills by addressing challenges at all levels.
  • Grow your professional network across various sports and levels.
  • Be exposed to new and relevant ideas as well as reinforce successful, current practices.
  • Share leadership and management methods. 
  • Empower future generations of coaches by creating a culture of empathy, positivity, and respect.
  • Share the importance of networking and mentoring as a channel for professional advancement.
  • Be the catalyst for advancing the mission and values of WeCOACH; generating collaborative and inclusive culture amongst members

Program Description

This intensive mentor program requires a commitment to your own self discovery and development as well as a commitment to the other two coaches in your group. You will get out of this mentor program what you put into it. Your group members are counting on you to make this a priority in your schedule for the duration of the program.
 
  • Our mentorship model features three levels of the mentor/mentee group dynamic based on level of experience of a GOLD MENTOR, SILVER MENTOR/MENTEE, and BRONZE MENTEE.
  • Participants are selected based on available openings with heavy consideration of attaining a diverse pool of participants based on coaching experience (Gold, Silver, Bronze,) by sport, level of coach (head, assistant, admin, other,) type of coach (youth, collegiate, professional, other,) diversified collegiate athletic affiliations (NCAA, NAIA, JUCO etc.) and by time zones/regions.
  • Groups will receive monthly discussion prompts to help in guiding your monthly meetings.
  • Participants will be required to attend an initial video chat, complete an initial, mid-year, and final assessment, meet, at a minimum of, one time per month with your group, and attend video chat meet-ups during the course of the program.
  • Mentor Trios will consist of:
    • Club Coaches
    • High School & Middle School Coaches and Admin
    • Collegiate Coaches
    • Professional Coaches
    • Retired Coaches
    • Affiliates of Organizations, Associations, or Industry Consultants

Mentor/Mentee Eligibility and Requirements

 

GOLD MENTOR

To apply to serve as a gold level mentor, members must:
 
  • Be a current member (or become a member) of WeCOACH
  • Have a minimum of ten (10) years of coaching experience, with at least five (5) years as a head coach, or of similar value in an organizational or sport leadership roles
  • Participate in a mentor-training conference call
  • Agree to an 8-month commitment to the program
  • Commit to meeting virtually or via phone at a minimum of one time a month with group members
  • Be willing to provide support and communicate with group members between sessions
  • Complete a series of assessments (before, during, after) for WeCOACH

 

SILVER MENTOR/MENTEE

To apply to serve as a silver level mentor/mentee, members must:
 
  • Be a current member (or become a member) of WeCOACH
  • Have more than five (5) but less than ten (10) years of coaching experience (head, associate or assistant)
  • Participate in a mentor-training conference call
  • Agree to an 8-month commitment to the program
  • Commit to meeting virtually or via phone at a minimum of one time a month with group members
  • Be willing to provide support and communicate with group members between sessions
  • Serve as the liaison between gold and bronze mentor group members by planning, participating in and facilitating group communications
  • Complete a series of assessments (before, during, after) for WeCOACH.

 

BRONZE MENTEE

To apply to serve as a bronze level mentee, members must:
 
  • Be a current member (or become a member) of WeCOACH
  • Have less than five (5) years of experience cumulative as a head, associate or assistant coach, including as a GA or Volunteer Coach
  • Participate in a mentee-training conference call
  • Agree to an 8-month commitment to the mentor program
  • Commit to meeting virtually or via phone at a minimum of one meeting a month with group members
  • Be willing to provide support and communicate with group members between sessions
  • Complete a series of assessments (before, during, after) for WeCOACH.
 

2021-22 Mentor Program Timeline

July 29-Aug 17: Application period
Aug 30: Participants informed of their selection and mentor group
Sep 8: Mentor Program Virtual Networking and Q & A event (mandatory)
Apr 29: Conclusion of program
May 12: Final survey due

You must have a current WeCOACH membership and logged-in to your member account to submit an application for consideration
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** Registration Closed **

2020-21 Participant Demographics

 
NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) graduates:  47
 
Participation by Sport:
19 Soccer, 13 Basketball, 10 Softball, 8 Rowing, 8 Volleyball, 5 Lacrosse, 5 Swimming Diving, 4 Cross Country & Track Field, 4 Field Hockey, 4 Ice Hockey, 3 Golf, 3 Tennis, 1 Baseball, 1 Water Polo, 2 Various Sports (Strength & Conditioning), 2 Other Administration
 
Participation by Athletic Affiliation:
NCAA I: 44
NCAA II: 10
NCAA III: 20
NAIA: 1
High School/Youth/Club: 13
Association/Organization: 2
Other: 2
 
Participation by Coaching Position:
Head Coach: 36
Associate Coach: 2
Assistant Coach: 42
Volunteer Assistant Coach: 1
Directors of Operation: 2
Strength Coaches: 2
Administration: 2
Other: 5