Why some female coaches aren’t taken seriously and why I agree that they shouldn’t be…
I recently came across an image of a female coach on twitter with a derogatory comment attached to it…and unfortunately, I hate to say that I agree with the comment. ?The twitter account shall remain nameless, but here is the image and comment:
“This is a pic of D2 college track coach from yesterday. Also why some ppl don’t take female coaches seriously.”
My initial reaction was ‘here we go again, another negative comment about a woman coach’…and then I thought about it a little more…
It is a coaches prerogative what to wear on training or competition day, a smart suit, or a tracksuit. ?You see it all the time in men’s football for example, some male coaches wear suits and some where tracksuits. ?I prefer to look my best in a tracksuit, but thats only because thats what I like to wear to feel ‘prepared’ and as it is a sporting arena I will be spending the day in, a tracksuit seems most appropriate. ?I can run if needed, grab some equipment or sit there for hours on end watching the track action; I have no real opinion on other peoples choices, but surely, practicality and professionalism should be the deciding factor?
Anyway, my issue with the above image isn’t that the coach is wearing a suit (although how you move about freely in a smart suit at a track meet I will never know), it is the use of the shoes…and yes, I agree with the comment which states she won’t be taken seriously.
There are so many thoughts going round my head with this…one of them being the image she is portraying and the other is how can she coach wearing that?
As a coach, you are always on show – especially on competitions day. ?You are being watched by players/ athletes, fans, parents and some times the media…everyone is watching you performing and making decisions that could change the outcome of the game / race etc. ?You should be setting a very high standard of professionalism as you are representing your athletes or team. ?A coach in a smart tracksuit sets a very different example to a coach in a fitted suit with high heels.
Put it this way…if you have two female coaches, one walking round in a nice new matching adidas tracksuit, clean trainers with a whistle round their neck and the other stumbling round in high heels with an immovable stiff suit on…who would you send your kids too? ?Who would you approach to ask advice too? Who would you take more seriously?
In my opinion, image is everything. ?You could be the most knowledgeable coach on planet Earth (male or female), but if you don’t look like a professional coach, you want progress in your career. ?Yes of course you can have professional looking coaches that are terrible coaches, but my point it that you are representing your team or athletes and you are representing who you are as a coach…so you can’t expect people to talk you seriously if you dress inappropriately.
I would be really interested to learn everyone else opinions on this one and to ask what you all wear for match day.