The WeCOACH Podcast
On The WeCOACH Podcast, we sit down every two weeks with female coaches, experts and industry leaders in the world of sports. Our podcast features dynamic conversations, explores coaching insights and gender equity, and shares stories of courage and resilience to empower you on your coaching journey. This podcast is a co-production of WeCOACH and WiSP Sports.
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Thursday, Feb 6, 2020
Season 2, Episode 3: Carol Owens
In S2E3 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn goes one-on-one with Carol Owens, who is in her 20th season on the Notre Dame women’s basketball sideline, her 11th as associate head coach. Carol has helped lead the Fighting Irish to 2 national titles and is fresh off a banner year in which she was named the 2019 WBCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year. Listen in as she candidly shares her passion for educating and mentoring young women, the importance of standing on the shoulders of those who came before you, and she gives us an up-close look at coaching alongside legendary coach Muffet McGraw. Coach O’s authentic and natural disposition make this episode a must-listen-to for any coach.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020
Season 2, Episode 2: Carol Bruggeman
In S2E2 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn chats with NFCA executive director Carol Bruggeman. Her leadership has guided the organization impressive growth. Prior to her role with the NFCA, she was a longtime DI coach at Michigan, Purdue and Louisville, and is a sought-after national speaker and educator. Listen in as she shares perspective on authentic leadership, serving all levels of coaches, staying relevant, and the excitement surrounding the game of softball. Regardless of sport, Carol’s enthusiasm for educating through sport is contagious.
Thursday, Jan 9, 2020
Season 2, Episode 1: Jen Klein
Kicking off Season 2 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn chats with University of Michigan head women’s soccer coach Jen Klein. Coming off of a stellar season in taking the Wolverines to the B1G title game, Jen candidly shares her experiences as not on the youngest NCAA DI head coach at one time, but also winning the 2016 national championship as an associate head coach at USC. Listen in as she shares insight into building team culture, evolving her coaching philosophy, and managing staff. Her transparent leadership style and growth as a coach have her Michigan team primed for success.
Friday, Dec 6, 2019
Season 1, Episode 30: Lesley Irvine
In Episode 30 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn goes on-on-one with Colorado College vice president and director of athletics, Lesley Irvine. A former Big Ten Conference student-athlete and three-time conference championship coach at Stanford, Lesley has a shared vision for advancing women in the industry. Listen in as she shares insight into building department wide championship mindset, supporting and developing her coaches, and the importance of giving back. Lesley’s leadership at the Division I and III level, and as a coach and an administrator, offer vast perspective in the last episode of the season.
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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019
Season 1, Episode 29: Courtney Banghart
In Episode 29 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn goes on-on-one with new UNC women’s basketball head coach, Courtney Banghart. Her arrival in Chapel Hill has the Tar Heels primed for a resurgence to national prominence and she just signed the #11 nationally ranked recruiting class. Courtney candidly shares how her intentional approach to building a winning culture, empowering the “pieces”, and being “all in” with family are a recipe for success. Regardless of what sport you coach, you’ll be energized by Courtney’s vulnerable and authentic leadership.
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Thursday, Nov 7, 2019
Season 1, Episode 28: Kelly Amonte Hiller
In Episode 28 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn chats with Northwestern head women’s lacrosse coach, Kelly Amonte Hiller. She is coming off one of her most impressive seasons to date, having garnered Big Ten Coach of the Year and IWLCA West/Midwest Regional Coach of the Year in leading the Wildcats to the national semifinals. Kelly’s success at the NCAA-level and the international level give her a wealth of experience and wisdom, as well as the respect of her student-athletes as they keep their eyes on the journey year after year. More show notes
Thursday, Oct 24, 2019
Season 1, Episode 27: Julie Manning
In Episode 27 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn sits down with Julie Manning, the executive associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at the University of Minnesota. Julie has not only proven herself as a successful administrator, but what makes her so unique is that she also was a 20-year successful head golf coach at Iowa State. Julie’s humble and kind approach for developing people shine through in the various roles she plays on campus and translate to her big business, even bigger heart perspective. Her experience in hiring, supporting, and managing coaches leads to an insightful conversation as she shares lessons learned along the way and advice for coaches in navigating coach-administrator relationships. More show notes
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019
Season 1, Episode 26: Shonda Stanton
In Episode 26 of The WeCOACH Podcast features Indiana head softball coach Shonda Stanton. Entering her 3rd season at IU, and with 600+ wins to her name, Shonda exemplifies strong female role model. A mom, an impactful mentor, and a huge advocate for not only WeCOACH, but also the game itself, Shonda shares her perspective on developing people. Her “win with people” attitude shines through on the diamond and in life. This episode drops empowering quotes, coaching insights, and resources for success throughout, regardless of what sport you coach. Shonda’s intensely competitive spirit and selfless heart inspire those around her to keep saying yes to possibilities. More show notes
Friday, September 27, 2019
Season 1, Episode 25: Beth Launiere
In Episode 25 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn chats with Utah head women’s volleyball coach Beth Launiere. In her 30th season, and with over 500 wins to her name, 15 NCAA tournament appearances, and recognized as the AVCA West Region Coach of the Year three times, she has built Utah into a perennial top 25 team. Beth’s passion and experience make for an insightful episode on both the art and science of coaching. Beth candidly shares on topics such as managing her staff, the evolution of her coaching style, and how she’s embraced becoming a spokesperson for Crohn’s disease. More show notes
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Season 1, Episode 24: Jo Evans
In Episode 24 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn sits down with Jo Evans, head softball coach at Texas A&M. With an impressive 1200+ wins to her name and a 7-time conference coach of the year, Jo was inducted into the 2015 NFCA Hall of Fame. Not only is she a recent addition to the WeCOACH Board of Directors, her well-earned respect on the national level gives her a voice and platform to influence positive growth on and off the diamond. Jo gets candid in sharing some of the greatest lessons, sacrifices and toughest decisions she’s had to make in her career. Keeping a growth mindset in her approach to coaching – as well as self-care – continue to fuel and reinvigorate her season after season. Jo’s competitive, yet humble approach and laughter will keep you wanting more. More show notes
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Season 1, Episode 23: Valorie “Miss Val” Kondos Field
In Episode 23 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn chats with Valorie Kondos Field. Better known as Miss Val, she is considered one of, if not THE BEST, collegiate gymnastics coaches of all time. During her impressive 29-yr tenure as head coach at UCLA, she led the Bruins to 7 national championships. Known as much for her joy off the mat, this episode oozes inspiration, finding the courage to make the ask, and learning to live your best life. Her approach as a teacher and mentor will transcend sports as she shares insight on her winning ways to build champions in life. More show notes
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Season 1, Episode 22: Missy Price, Ph.D.
In Episode 22 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn catches up with Wellesley head women’s soccer coach Missy Price. Known as much for her work off the field, as her success on the pitch, Missy is synonymous with leadership and empowering others around her. Missy’s voice and platform are giving her opportunities to grow the game on a national level, empower student-athletes to become the best versions of themselves, and inspire the next generation of female coaches. Balancing motherhood and coaching, Missy’s humble and passionate approach is certain to transcend sports as she leads from a place of pure authenticity. In this episode she shares insight on discovering personal and professional values, transitioning across positions and levels, and learning to trust yourself. This is an episode you won’t want to miss. More show notes
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Season 1, Episode 21: Jamie Trachsel
In Episode 21 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn sits down with University of Minnesota head softball coach Jamie Trachsel. In just her second season at the helm, Jamie led the Gophers to their first-ever Women’s College World Series appearance. Having her team dreaming big and swinging for Oklahoma City, she has been able to bridge the gap between overcoming adversity and priming her team for success. Jamie’s Midwest work-ethic and genuine character shine through in this episode as she shares advice for first-time head coaches, managing transition, team culture, resiliency, and the power of strong role models. You won’t want to miss this episode. More show notes
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Season 1, Episode 20: Kirstie Ennis
On Episode 20 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn sits down with the former Marine, now turned extreme sports junkie and recent ESPY Award winner, Kirstie Ennis. The above-the-knee amputee just returned home from her climb to Mt. Everest on her quest to the Seven Summits. Doing more on one leg than most people do on two, Kirstie epitomizes that we control our own circumstances. Her story of incredible feats, physically and mentally, will leave you more than inspired. More show notes
Friday, July 5, 2019
Season 1, Episode 19: Charmelle Green
On Episode 19 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn gets the opportunity to go one-on-one with Penn State Senior Associate Athletic Director and WeCOACH Board member, Charmelle Green. No matter if you are a coach, administrator, sports enthusiast, or women’s empowerment ally, you are sure to love the insight and wisdom Charmelle shares. Her intention in her work and life is heartfelt and inspiring. This is one episode you won’t want to miss – it oozes a contagious passion and advice for supporting and mentoring women in sports. More show notes
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Season 1, Episode 18: Lesle Gallimore
On Episode 18 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn sits down with the longest tenured coach in the Pac-12, Lesle Gallimore, who has led the University of Washington women’s soccer team for the past 25 seasons. On the cusp of her retirement – a final run for the Huskies this fall with over 250 wins to her name – Lesle shares her take on the evolvement of the collegiate landscape, the game itself, and how she’s molded her coaching style to better meet today’s student-athletes. A true trailblazer, Lesle has carried the leadership baton for female coaches not only in soccer, but across women’s sports. More show notes
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Season 1, Episode 17: Ann Walker
On Episode 17 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn sits down with longtime coach and administrator Ann Walker. After a 25+ year career in collegiate athletics, Ann has helped boost the growth and engagement of WeCOACH for the past three years as the director of events. On the cusp of her retirement, listen in as Ann shares lessons learned along the way, advice for women in sports, and the power of women lifting other women. More show notes
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Season 1, Episode 16: Becky Carlson
On Episode 16 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn has an opportunity to talk with THE FEARLESS COACH Becky Carlson. Their discussion interweaves building and sustaining team culture, challenges affecting all women coaches regardless of sport or level, and how she finds the courage to speak up for those who don’t feel they have a voice. She candidly shares her perspective on how the coaching landscape has changed as a whole and offers solutions for both administrators and coaches. Take a listen to hear Becky empower, connect and give hope to women to not only survive, but thrive in the profession. More show notes
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Season 1, Episode 15: Lindsay Gottlieb
In Episode 15 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn sits down with Cal women’s basketball head coach Lindsay Gottlieb. Lindsay offers perspective on successful assistant coaches, how to know if you’re prepared take a head job and adapting her coaching philosophy. On the cusp of Mother’s Day, Lindsay reflects on balancing motherhood, the impact of visible female leaders and how having a child has re-framed her role as a coach. More show notes available.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Season 1, Episode 14: Elizabeth King
In Episode 14 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn sits down with dynamic leader and culture expert Elizabeth King. Her career spanned a corporate journey culminating in nearly 20 years at Starbucks. Along the way she discovered the power of mentoring and building a vast network. Listen in as we dive into her passion for making impact in the lives of young women, how sports offers so many transferable skills and lessons, and the legacy she is leaving by continually giving back. More show notes available.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Season 1, Episode 13: Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D.
Episode 13 of The WeCOACH Podcast includes the trusted voice behind the research of why women coaches matter, Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport. Dr. LaVoi shares how her research has fueled meaningful projects in hopes to initiate social change and opportunities for women coaches. She lays the foundation behind the annual Women in College Coaching Report Card which is aimed at retaining and increasing the number of women in the coaching profession and takes us on a journey to understanding why the Athletic Administration Best Practices of Recruitment, Hiring and Retention of Female Collegiate Coaches is a crucial element in increasing the number of women coaches at the institutional level. You are sure to take away informed nuggets of inspiration and encouragement as a coach or as someone in a position to hire coaches. More show notes available.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Season 1, Episode 12: Marlene Bjornsrud
In Episode 12 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn has the privilege of sitting down with former coach and administrator, and gender equity advocate, Marlene Bjornsrud. Marlene’s career has spanned more than 40-years in college, professional and non-profit settings, including working closely with Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy to being a part of the launch of the Japanese Women Coaches Academy. Listen in as we dive into her career journey and how now, even in retirement, her deep-rooted passion for making a difference in sport and living out her purpose continues to fuel her. More show notes available.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Season 1, Episode 11: Heather Olmstead
Episode 11 of The WeCOACH Podcast serves up an ace with AVCA Division I national coaches of the year, Heather Olmstead. As the only woman coaching in this year’s Final Four, Heather’s level-headed and competitive approach led BYU to their first Final Four appearance. Listen in as she looks back on her coaching journey and offers some great advice for assistant coaches. With a candid approach, she shares last year’s incredible run, how the team was primed to perform at their best and to appreciate each win along the way. If you’ve never heard of Heather Olmstead, you will definitely know her now! More show notes available.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Season 1, Episode 10: Shannon Miller
In Episode 10 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn gets an opportunity to go for the hat trick with one of the most successful ice hockey coaches of all time, Shannon Miller, talking coaching, leadership and gender equity. Recently, Shannon’s story has been heard around the world for her courageous Title IX legal battle. Listeners will appreciate Shannon’s take on authentic leadership and her continual innovation and creativity in the coaching box. Her story will inspire and empower women and fans alike with her courage and humility. More show notes available.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Season 1, Episode 9: Christina Unkel
In Episode 9 of The WeCOACH Podcast, host Megan Kahn gets an opportunity to talk with real-life wonder woman, Christina Unkel. Christina is one of only three American women to hold a FIFA certification; she’s also a full-time attorney, a mother, and generously gives her time, talents, and passion to the world of women in sports. Her role as president-elect of the Women’s Sports Museum and founder of her own business, SPARQ Advocacy are just two of the reasons why Christina is inspiring and supporting the current and future generation of women in sports. More show notes available.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Season 1, Episode 8: Lonni Alameda
Episode 8 of The WeCOACH Podcast takes a turn with national champion head softball coach, Lonni Alameda. Lonni candidly gives us an inside look at the championship program she has built at Florida State and how she continues to sustain a high-level of success with her philosophy, core values and making the game FUN. This episode shows why Coach Alameda has become one of the top coaches in the game and how she is now leaving a legacy of lasting impact. More show notes available.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Season 1, Episode 7: Felecia Mulkey
Episode 7 takes on a new sport as WeCOACH executive director and host Megan Kahn dives in with 8-time national champion Felecia Mulkey. Felecia oozes passion for Acrobatics & Tumbling and gives us an in-depth look at the sport as a whole, it’s phenomenal growth at the collegiate level, and how female student-athletes and coaches are benefiting from the recent boom of the sport. Listen in as Felecia shares light on her impressive run of success at University of Oregon and now Baylor, how she continually redefines success with her teams, and what it’s like to be part of the Bears senior administrative team. This episode is sure to offer insight and inspiration for anyone interested in women’s sports. More show notes available.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Season 1, Episode 6: Betsy Butterick
Episode 6 of the WeCOACH Podcast challenges your communication skills when host Megan Kahn goes one-on-one with The Coaches’ Coach, Betsy Butterick. Betsy takes us behind the scenes having been mentored by two of the greatest minds and coaches in the game of basketball, Tara and Heidi VanDerveer and the lessons learned along the way that apply to life. Tune in as Betsy shares her decision to step away from coaching and the gap she saw, which led to her becoming a communication specialist. She isn’t afraid to laugh at herself giving up some candid bloopers and more importantly how her creativity lends itself to helping corporations, coaches and teams reach their highest potential. More show notes available.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Season 1, Episode 5: Carlette Patterson
Episode 5 of the WeCOACH Podcast welcomes life coach extraordinaire, Carlette Patterson. Founder of Patterson Sports Ventures and Sports Philanthropy League, Carlette oozes winning strategies for life. Host and WeCOACH executive director Megan Kahn leans in as Carlette offers insight on living a life in 3D (personally, professionally and philanthropically) and how to have more “10 moments” in your everyday being. Whether you are a CEO, a coach, a team, or just a weekend-warrior, Carlette is sure to inspire you to live your best self. More show notes available.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Season 1, Episode 4: Cecile Reynaud, Ph.D.
Episode 4 of the WeCOACH Podcast welcomes one of the greatest coaches and administrators in the game of volleyball, Dr. Cecile Reynaud. Host and WeCOACH executive director Megan Kahn has an opportunity to talk with Cecile about what her upcoming American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductions means, her most rewarding coaching moments and what it was really like coaching volleyball student-athlete and supermodel, Gabby Reece. Listen in as Cecile candidly shares lessons learned, her desire to continue giving back to so many coaches and players through her involvement with USA Volleyball and sitting volleyball, and why she is so passionate about helping women coaches succeed in the profession. A true trailblazer for women in sports, Cecile is sure to transcend the sports world with her fun-loving personality. More show notes available.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Season 1, Episode 3: Claire Lessinger
In episode 3 of the WeCOACH Podcast, executive director and host of the show, Megan Kahn, sits down with Claire Lessinger, director of special events for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Their dynamic conversation spans Claire’s playing career at the University of Florida (appearances in 3 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Final Fours and 5 SEC titles), what it was like to play for legendary Coach Mary Wise, taking over and rebuilding a program in her hometown, and now her important work in the Tampa Bay community. Tune in to hear how Claire is part of the team bringing major championship events to the city, why and how she’s engaging the women of Tampa Bay through sports and leadership, and what to expect for the upcoming NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four and accompanying activities. No matter what sport you coach, or if you’re a fan, you’re sure to love Claire’s passion and enthusiasm for building community and leading from the heart. More show notes available.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Season 1, Episode 2: Muffet McGraw
Episode 2 of the WeCOACH Podcast welcomes special guest, University of Notre Dame head women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw – coming off their 2018 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship and preparing to tip-off the upcoming season. Host and WeCOACH executive director Megan Kahn digs in as Muffet shares perspective on how she celebrated this historical year both personally and professionally, lessons learned and rewarding moments in her career, and how she’s evolved as a coach and leader. Coach offers us a glimpse of a Notre Dame game day, the importance of championing women in the game, and how after 800 wins, she still has the drive and passion to keep going. This 30-minute episode is filled with insight, inspiration, laughter and so many nuggets of women’s empowerment. More show notes available.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Season 1, Episode 1: Sue Enquist
The WeCOACH Podcast aims for the fences with its first episode. Host and WeCOACH executive director Megan Kahn sits down with the uber talented coach, dynamic speaker, and impassioned leadership expert Sue Enquist. They discuss her storied 27-year coaching career for UCLA softball, her coaching tree, changes she’s witnessing in the coaching profession, and how she’s continually leaning in to provide education and support. Sue candidly shares about what drives her now, including her new venture, ONE Softball. No matter what sport or level you coach, or if you’re a fan and follower of women’s sports, you’ll find insightful tidbits and takeaways to inspire you, ground you, and make you a better leader and teammate in work and in life! More show notes available.