Mentor Program

Overview

Research shows that mentoring programs have a positive impact on participants if the pairing is made intentionally. In a traditional 1-on-1 mentoring relationship, one person serves as the mentor, while the other person serves as the mentee. In an effort to retain women in coaching, we have created a middle level (silver) mentor/mentee. Coaches that have coached for 7-10 years are at a pivotal point in their career and statistically leave the profession at the highest rate. This development opportunity seeks to provide connections, networking and learning across sports. We remain committed to keeping women in coaching while fostering growth for coaches at all 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. with both gold and bronze group members.
  • 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 NCAA Divisions (I, II, III,) 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 an active 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 an active 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 an active 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.
 

2019-20 Mentor Program Timeline

2019

July 24-Aug 7: Application period
Aug 21: Participants informed of their selection and mentor group
Week of Aug 26: Initial assessments, mentor groups introduced
Week of Sept 3: Required mentor program video chat session

2020

Jan 8: Mid-year assessment due
Apr 30: Conclusion of program
May 13: Final survey due

** Application Period Closed **

Mentor Program History and Stats


2017-2018:   WeCOACH launched a first-ever mentor program with 48 participants over 8 months to form 16 mentoring trios.
2018-2019:   Program expanded to 66 participants over 9 months to form 22 mentoring trios.
 

Participant Demographics

 
NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) graduates:  43
Non-WCA graduates: 13
Non-NCAA coaches: 10 
 
Sports with highest participation:

Basketball: 10
Golf, Lacrosse, Swimming & Diving, Soccer: 6
 
Athletic Affiliation Participation:

NCAA Division I: 39
NCAA Division II: 6
NCAA Division III: 11
Youth Coaches: 6