Why more women coaches are needed:



In 1972, when Title IX was enacted, more than 90% of women’s teams were coached by females. Today, that number is only 43%.




Female head coaches comprise only 41.1% of head coaches of women’s teams in “big time” athletic programs. (That means approximately 6 out of 10 women’s teams are coached by men!)




In research released by the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW, 74% of women executives surveyed say that a sport background can help accelerate a woman’s leadership and career potential. Having positive female coaches as leaders and role models allows young girls to say “If I can see her, I can be her!”



Acosta/Carpenter. (2014). Women in Intercollegiate Sport. A Longitudinal, National Study, Thirty Seven Year Update, 1977-2014.



LaVoi, N. M. (2016, February). Head Coaches of Women’s Collegiate Teams: A Report on Select NCAA Division-I Institutions, 2015-16



EY and espnW. (2014). Making the Connection Between Women, Sport, and Leadership.


Women on the Rise - Annual Giving Campaign

In 1972, when Title IX was enacted, females coached more than 90% of women’s intercollegiate teams. Today that number is only 41%.

Help the Alliance serve more women coaches, across more levels and sports by providing more support and resources.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Video Chat: “Breaking Barriers for Women in Sports”
Featuring: Julie Foudy

September 4
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High School / Club Regional Workshop
Pasadena, CA

September 30
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NCAA Women Coaches Academy

November 28 – December 1
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Academy 2.0

November 28 – 30
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How can you help us make a difference?

Join the Alliance.


Alone, your voice may not be heard, but when we join our voices together, we can create change. Because of the Alliance, women coaches everywhere are louder, stronger, braver and more respected. We are fearless advocates, defenders, supporters and promoters for our profession. By empowering women to be more aware of the realities of our profession, we are expanding career opportunities for women at all levels and in all sports.

We provide a safe haven where you can speak you mind and develop your skills. Our professional growth opportunities can help you unlock more of your leadership potential. Beyond that, the sky’s the limit.



Is your goal to achieve a winning record? We can help. Hoping to inspire a promising young athlete to pursue a career in coaching? Done. Want to help elevate the role of women coaches at a national level? We’re on it.

Being a woman and a professional coach isn’t always easy. Yet female athletes are in desperate need of positive coaching, strong female role models and real-life examples of successful women in dynamic careers.

Together we will make our voices heard. Together we are making a difference. We are STRONGER TOGETHER!