Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

Women in Coaching Research

2021-22 Women in College Coaching Report Card

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport released its annual 2021-2022 Women in College Coaching Report Card™ (WCCRC) marking the 10th year in collaboration with WeCOACH. Data in this report and over the last ten years of the WCCRC documents longitudinal patterns of percentages of women head coaches within NCAA Division-I athletics. Data this year points to some good news!

Key Findings:

    • First, the data indicate that the percentage of women head coaches of NCAA D-I women’s teams in Select 7 conferences is up again (43.7%) for the eighth year in a row, and for the fourth year in a row for all NCAA D-I women’s teams (43.4%).
    • Second, the data is headed in the right direction—UP!
    • Third, the percentage of women head coaches in the Select 7 conferences went up by the largest margin (1.3%) in the history of the WCCRC! Lastly, for the first time in 10 years, the number of women head coaches hired to replace outgoing coaches was greater than the number of men hired.
    • 23 of 359 (6.4%) NCAA D-I institutions earned an A grade (70%+ of women head coaches of women’s teams), up from 20 last year
      • Institutional leader: University of Rhode Island (90%)
      • Conference leader: Ivy League (56.4%)
      • Sport leader: Lacrosse (90.8%)
      • Emerging sport leader: Acrobatics & Tumbling (100%)
    • Based on the data, women coaches of color are vastly underrepresented (7.3%) as head coaches of women’s teams.
      Of the 104 BIPOC coaches hired, 50 (48.1%) were women.
    • Five institutions at the time of data collection (Alabama A&M, Southern University at Baton Rouge, South Carolina State, Alcorn State, and Mississippi Valley State) had 100% BIPOC head coaches, while 98 institutions had 0% BIPOC head coaches.
    • The top five sports in which women coaches of color were represented as head coaches were: basketball (n=81, 22.7%), volleyball (n=42, 12.3%), tennis (n=26, 8.5%), track and field (n=28, 8%), and softball (n=20, 6.7%).
      For NCAA D-I conferences, the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) had 89.4% and the Summit League had 7.7% BIPOC head coaches of women’s teams. The Big 12 had zero women head coaches of color.

Previous Report Card Research

NCAA Gender Equity Resources

Title IX & Gender Equity Initiatives information Learn More

These materials are available online through the NCAA web site: www.ncaa.org/gender_equity
(NCAA member login required)

Title IX 50th Anniversary “The State of Women in College Sports”: Read the report

Title IX 40th Anniversary Resources: Learn More

NCAA Women Empowering Dreams video: View Now

Women in Intercollegiate Sport: A Longitudinal National Study, 37 Year Update by Acosta & Carpenter
Acosta and Carpenter released their 37 year update. We thank Vivian and Linda for their contributions and tireless efforts. Download the Report

Senior Woman Administrator Brochure
Provides an explanation of the role of the SWA and suggested best practices for optimizing the role and the contribution of the SWA to the school and conference.
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The Title IX Coordinator and Athletics Compliance
An explanation of the federally-required campus Title IX coordinator role and a sample Title IX policy. Title IX Coordinators and Athletics Compliance.
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Title IX Resources

TITLE IX: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

WeCOACH Title IX Guide


Training videos, current news, research and teaching resources are available through the NCAA Title IX Resource Center.

Information from the Women’s Sports Foundation
The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King, is the leader in promoting sports, health and education for girls and women. The Women’s Sports Foundation continues to have a profound impact on female athletics, from its vigorous advocacy of Title IX legislation and development of public policy to its grants and scholarships, grassroots programs for underserved girls and groundbreaking research.

For more information about Title IX and Gender Equity Issues, call the WSF InfoLine at 800.227.3988 or email Advocacy@WomensSportsFoundation.org.

championsrespectInclusion of LGBTQ Student-Athletes and Staff in NCAA Programs
Champions of Respect was commissioned by the LGBTQ Subcommittee of the NCAA association-wide Committee on Women’s Athletics and the Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee in 2012.
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Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act
Check how your school is doing with gender equity numbers; see reported numbers on participation, budgets, scholarships and coaches for your school and others:
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nwlcNational Women’s Law Center information on Title IX
Since 1972, the Center has expanded the possibilities for women and girls in this country. The NWLC has succeeded in getting new laws on the books and enforced; litigating ground-breaking cases all the way to the Supreme Court, and educating the public about ways to make laws and public policies work for women and their families. The Center has been a strong advocate for Title IX in athletics and has successfully represented coaches facing discrimination:
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hogsheadCelebrate Title IX!
Coaches check this out! Silver bracelets commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Title IX, the federal law requiring equal education for boys and girls. $40 of proceeds goes to the Women’s Sports Foundation to support our advocacy work on behalf of all girls and women. $40 for 40 years — appropriate, yes? Watch now

Do you have Title IX concerns?
Call the National Women’s Law Center Title IX Hotline at (855) 437- 4263 or the Women’s Sports Foundation InfoLine at (800) 227-3988

Anti-Racism Resources

This page includes compiled lists of resources shared on various social media & digital platforms by our coaches, board members and leaders in anti-racism. We will update the list frequently.

Resources for Starting the Conversation with Your Student-Athletes:



Movies and TV Series
  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent 
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Available to rent for free
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix


Digital Resources



Return On Inclusion

Return On Inclusion™ (ROI) is a groundbreaking online learning platform for coaches, athletic administrators and athletic staff. ROI is a sport-specific diversity and inclusion education platform designed to develop inclusive leaders and foster a culture of belonging across social and cultural differences.