According to NCAA reports, the percentage of female head coaches of women's teams fell from more than 90% in 1972, as Title IX became law, to an all-time low of about 42% in 2006.
Why, 35 years later, is there such a disparity in college coaching between males and females? How can this trend be altered?
Wow. I cant believe those statistics. Well, I guess I can actually and thats the sad part. After contemplating going into coaching myself last year I can tell you why I didnt and possibly at the same time help to explain why many women are reluctant to go into coaching or stay with coaching.
Lacrosse is my passion and coaching is where I excel, however I want to have a life outside of my work and from watching and being there myself for 5 years I know at least for many of the coaches Ive known their sport is their life. Its hard to have a life while coaching and Im not saying its not possible, but it makes things more difficult if youre traveling to games, practicing, watching film, recruiting, organizing finances and keeping thirty plus young women in check and trust me these young women need to be kept in check especially when theyre young. I was one of them . Its even harder if you have a family, which I would assume is why many women that start in coaching, drop out of coaching. Although times have changed a bit, many women who work are still responsible for domestic duties and in an occupation like coaching, this becomes very difficult to balance due to the amount of time away from home required. Furthermore, if my job is going to be my life and take me away from my family I would at least hope to get paid well and as a womens coach that is unfortunately very unlikely. If I were to make it to the top and was coaching at a big name University with a winning team I still wouldnt be making a lot of money and certainly wouldnt be making as much money as a mens coach at a mid-size University with a decent team. So, I think thats hard for women to make that choice and to sacrifice family time and financial security for their passion to coach.
Im not sure how to change it unless salaries on the womens side are increased. I would assume there are many other factors that go into the dropping percentage of women in coaching, but this was my take on it. Any other ideas?