Despite A's Recent Hire, Challenges Persist for Women in Coaching

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Sports fans and champions of gender equality celebrated last month when the Oakland A's became the first major league baseball team to hire a female coach, naming Justine Siegal as a guest instructor. But while Siegal and a handful of other women coaches make inroads in men's professional sports, prospects for women coaches at the collegiate level remain bleak. The percentage of women coaching women's collegiate teams is at an all time low, down from more than 90 percent in the early 1970s. We explore the reasons women are leaving the coaching profession and what can be done to keep them in the game.


Tara VanDerveer, Director of women's basketball, Stanford University

Marlene Bjornsrud, executive director, Alliance of Women Coaches

Michelle Smith, contributor,; founder

Helen Carroll, sports project director, National Center for Lesbian Rights