Research

At the Alliance of Women Coaches, one of our top priorities is making sure that we are advocating, advancing and supporting women in the coaching profession, from collaborating with others on research to sharing timely topics, we are here to support your career – and to make a difference in your life. Data tells a compelling story and we are here to share important data with you.

Women Coaches Research Series & Report Card

The Alliance of Women Coaches 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 today of 41%. Staggering when you consider that female sport participation has grown exponentially during the same time period. To help stop this decline, increase the percentage of women in the coaching profession, provide an institutional accountability mechanism, create awareness, and start a national dialogue on this issue, we have collaborated with the Tucker Center to launch a research series and annual Report Card.

Read the  reports to learn more about the historic decline in the percentage of women coaches, why this research and women coaches matter, how minority status in the workplace can affect individuals, and see which “big time” NCAA Division-I institutions, sports and conferences receive passing and failing grades based on the percentage of head women coaches of women’s teams.

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 the Alliance
of Women Coaches. 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