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Women in College Coaching Report Card Series

WeCOACH and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport launched a series of collaborative, cutting-edge research initiatives to help increase the number of women in the coaching profession. The percentage of women coaching women’s teams at the collegiate level has declined from over 90% when Title IX was passed in 1972 to near an all-time low of 41%.

2019-20 Women in College Coaching Report Card – Select 7

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport released its annual Women in College Coaching Report Card.  Produced in collaboration with WeCOACH, the report documents the percentage of women in head coaching positions for women’s teams at 86 schools within seven select NCAA Division I conferences (AAC, ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) for 2019-20.

Key Findings:

  • The percentage of women head coaches in seven select NCAA Division I conferences went up for the seventh year in a row and is now at 42.3% (up from 41.8% in 2018-19)—the data is trending in the right direction!
  • Leaders
    • Institutional leader: Cincinnati
    • Conference leader: Big Ten
  • 49% of the institutions are WeCOACH institutional group members and 2 (Big 12, BIG East) are conference-wide members
  • Out of 86 institutions, four earned A grades: Cincinnati, Central Florida, Washington and Oklahoma.
  • Nine institutions earned F grades, including one school that had zero women head coaches.

2017-18 Report Cards

2017-18 Head coaches of women’s collegiate teams: A report on seven select NCAA Division-I conferences
This longitudinal research series, now in its sixth year, is a partnership between 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—and WeCOACH. This report focuses on seven NCAA Division I conferences.

 

2017-18 Head coaches of women’s collegiate teams: A comprehensive report on NCAA Division-III Institutions
In our first four years of the report, we primarily examined a sample of “big time” FBS Division-I athletic programs, but were repeatedly asked how the data translated to the Division-III level. In this report employment patterns of head coaches in all Division-III women’s athletics programs at all institutions and conferences is provided.

 

2017-18 Gender, Race & LGBT Inclusion of Head Coaches of Women’s Teams: A Report on Select NCAA Division I Conferences for the 45th Anniversary of Title IX
Race and gender data for head coaches of women’s teams was collected for eight select NCAA Division I conferences. Conferences were assigned a grade for race and a separate grade for gender, and recognition was included for LGBT inclusion practices at the institutional and conference level.

 

2016-17 Report Cards

2016-17 Head coaches of women’s collegiate teams: A report on select NCAA Division-I institutions
This longitudinal research series, now in its fifth year (2012-17), is a partnership
between 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—and WeCOACH. This report focuses on a select segment of NCAA Division I institutions.

 

2016-17 Head coaches of women’s collegiate teams: A report on select NCAA Division-II institutions
In the first four years of the Report, we investigated NCAA FBS Division-I (2012-
13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16) and Division-III athletic programs (2013-14, 2016-17), but
were repeatedly asked how the data translated to the Division-II level. This report aims to
fill that gap.

 

2016-17 Head Coaches of Women’s Collegiate Teams: A Report on Select NCAA Division-III Institutions
In the first four years of releasing the report, it primarily examined a sample of “big time” FBS
Division-I athletic programs, but many repeatedly asked how the data translated to the
Division-III level. This report aims to fill that gap.

 

2015-16 Report Card

2015-16 Head Coaches of Women’s Collegiate Teams: A Report on Select NCAA Division-I FBS Institutions.
This annual report, specifically documents the percentage of head coaches of women’s teams in “big time” collegiate athletics by institution and sport.

 

Read Kate Fagan’s espnW exclusive coverage of the 2015-16 report launch, “Central Florida, Cincinnati Earn As in Tucker Center Study”

 

2014-15 Report Card

Read Kate Fagan’s espnW exclusive coverage of the 2014-15 report launch, “Women Coaching Women? Big-Time Schools Grade Out Terribly.”

2014-15_report-cover2014-15 Head Coaches of Women’s Collegiate Teams: A Report on Select NCAA Division-I FBS Institutions.
This annual report, specifically documents the percentage of head coaches of women’s teams in “big time” collegiate athletics by institution and sport.

 

Check out the accompanying infographic, the 2014-15 Infographic: The Status of Women in Collegiate Coaching: A Report Card.
See which NCAA Division-I FBS institutions receive passing and failing grades.

 

2013-14 Report Card

Read Christine Brennan’s USA Today coverage of the 2013-14 report launch.

head-coaches-report-graphicHead Coaches of Women’s Collegiate Teams: A Report on Select NCAA Division-I FBS Institutions, 2013-14
This annual report specifically documents the percentage of head coaches of women’s teams in “big time” collegiate athletics by institution and sport.

 

infographicCheck out the accompanying infographic, The Status of Women in Collegiate Coaching: A Report Card, 2013-14
See which NCAA Division-I FBS institutions receive passing and failing grades!

 

decline-of-women-coaches-graphicThe Decline of Women Coaches in Collegiate Athletics: A Report on Select NCAA Division-I FBS Institutions, 2012-13
A bi-annual report that documents the percentage of women coaches of women’s teams in “big time” college athletics by sport, conference and institution.

 

acostaWomen 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. The report is available for downloading at acostacarpenter.org

 

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