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First Coaching Endowment Gift in Notre Dame’s History….And It Goes To…..Women’s Basketball!

NDKaren and Kevin Keyes, both former athletes at the University of Notre Dame have become the first ever donors in Notre Dame’s history to endow a coaching position – and they have done this for Women’s Basketball. Karen was a player for current coach and hall of famer, Muffet McGraw (pictured left) in the 90s.


Check out the New York Times Article: 


The Notre Dame press release suggests this may be the largest endowment of its kind in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball history.


Thank you to Kevin and Karen Keyes for your support of women’s athletics and the coaches who make it happen!


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Women’s Sports Foundation – Share Your Story




The Women’s Sports Foundation is looking to hear from you!  They would like stories about the following:

  • The product of an impactful or meaningful female coach?
  • A coach who was treated unfairly in your college or university athletic department?
  • A coach who was wrongfully terminated by your college or university athletic department?
  • A female coach who wants to speak out about the importance of females coaching females?




Go to the above link to find out how to share your story. 7 Ways We Are Hurting Our Daughters

equalpay1 I came across this great article on and its relevance to our field is clearly demonstrated.

As coaches, it is imperative not only for us to lobby for equal pay, but to help our athletes understand this issue and equip them with the ability to stand up for their equality in the workplace – in coaching or elsewhere.

It’s a great read – check it out.




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High School Basketball: Where are the Women Coaches?


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Valley News (White River Junction, Vermont)
Poody Walsh, Valley News Correspondent


Claremont – Some things are hard to understand.

When Title IX was adopted in 1972, forcing schools to offer and fund female and male athletics equally, there was a bit of an upheaval when men were hired to coach girls sports – particularly basketball. Now, 43 years later, very few women even apply to coach the sport.

In the Upper Connecticut River Valley, Stevens’ Ivy Desilets is the only woman who is the head coach of a varsity girls program these days. And there are very few throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

Lebanon girls basketball coach Tim Kehoe knows that there are female coaches at John Stark and Goffstown, and in Vermont women are coaching basketball in Poultney, Mt. Abraham and Champlain Valley Union.

So why are women staying away from a sport they once wanted to lead? The time required for a coaching commitment along with family may play roles.

Coaching girls basketball is nearly a year-round deal, with the long regular season, summer basketball and, in New Hampshire, fall skill sessions. Also, some say that women with family responsibilities may find the strain of being away from home to be too much.

“I think most athletic directors would agree that we are hoping to find qualified women coaches for our girls sports, especially,” said Hanover athletic director Mike Jackson. “Quite honestly, in my time here, we have never had a female apply for our head girls basketball coaching position.

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Attention Coaches!  The NCAA Women Coaches Academy information is available.  Applications open February 9th.  Mark your calendars to get your apps in!  Everyone who completes the Academy raves about it!  Do something for yourself this year and sign up.  Spots are highly coveted!

Applications Accepted February 9-13th ONLY
New NCAA Stacked
2015 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Summer Dates
Denver | May 27 – 31
Atlanta | June 22 – 26
Applications accepted February 9-13, 2015
Application form will go live HERE on February 9th
Please forward to all female coaches!

About the Academy

The NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) provides skills training for coaches at all levels to assist them in being more efficient, productive, resourceful and successful. The 5-day Academy is designed for women coaches who are ready and willing to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. The participants learn skills that are not sport specific, yet ones that are relevant and necessary for coaching responsibilities, beyond the X’s and O’s.Application Requirements
  • Any female head, associate or assistant coach from NCAA sponsored sports at NCAA Division I, II, or III member institutions.
  • Current Alliance member

Important information

Coaches are responsible for paying only $500 tuition plus their own travel expenses.
  • The remainder of the tuition cost which covers meals, lodging, and training materials is provided through an NCAA grant valued at more than $2,000 per coach.
  • Travel expenses are the responsibility of the coach. Often your school and/or conference may be able to help with funding.
  • Acceptance and waitlist letters will be sent via email on/before March 2, 2015.
I need the WCA Now! Are there options? YES!
Due to overwhelming demand to attend the NCAA WCA and limited class sizes, you may ‘Pay Your Way to the WCA’ to guarantee acceptance — You pay $2500 for the full cost of attendance as well as paying your own travel expenses. If interested, please email us at

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The Real Women of Coaching: Season 2 (Episode 23) Heather Benning

In episode 23, we continue our sessions with Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Heather Benning, from Grinnell College. Coach Benning shares with us her commitment to developing the whole person, not just the athlete.

Please take a moment to view this episode and Tweet It, Post It, or Pin It to spread the word about our video series! We are increasing the numbers of viewers we have for this series every day and we need your help to grow that base even more! If you are a coach who would like to be featured or know of a coach we could learn from…let us know! @WomenInCoaching

A Troubling Development for Women Coaches

In December of 2014, I wrote a blog about the firing of Shannon Miller. I’m posting the beginning of the blog here, with a link to the full post as I think it is important to document and call attention to what colleague Pat Griffin recently called “college athletics’ war on women coaches.


Some of you may not know who Shannon Miller is, but those of us in The State of Hockey (Minnesota) do. Shannon Miller was a highly successful women’s hockey coach at University of Minnesota-Duluth where her teams have won five NCAA championships, she developed 28 current and former Olympians, and amassed a .713 winning percentage. I say “was” because on 12/16/2014 Miller was fired in the middle of her season (her contract was not renewed for 2015-16) because from the way it sounds, she got paid too much. Miller was the highest paid women’s hockey coach in the country at $215,000, largely because she is one of the best. Miller’s counterpart, the head men’s hockey coach at UMD makes $235,000, and still has his job.

Shannon Miller, Head Women's Hockey Coach, U of MN-Duluth

Shannon Miller, Head Women’s Hockey Coach, U of MN-Duluth

In a story posted on MPR Athletic Director Josh Berlo was quoted as saying, “She established a winning program, raised it to the highest level of competition and sustained a national championship tradition over the last 15 years. Today’s decision about Shannon’s contract was an immensely difficult and financially driven decision. Unfortunately, UMD Athletics is not in a position to sustain the current salary levels of our women’s hockey coaching staff.”


Let me point out a few things about Berlo’s decision that just don’t add up.

To read my argument, click here.

To follow updates on Miller and her staff, “like” the Reinstate Shannon Miller Facebook page.

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