US female coaches out there – we need you to join in with this one… on a recent Facebook post, we promoted the story about Geno Auriemma (head coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team) making the statement that “not as many women [as men] want to coach”. Geno thinks this is the reason for a lack of female basketball coaches in the US.
After posting this story on our website – a coach called Becky Carlson who is a big advocate for equality in sport said the following statement, and we want your response! Please add in the comment boxes below:
“Ok, Geno is great coach and in many ways his accomplishments will go unmatched for quite a while regardless of the loss last night.
However, I say this outside of march madness and completely independent of his record. What really does Geno do to advance the game outside of UCONN? Someone educate me, please.
Feel free to pounce on this because sports fandom runs deep and can be as fierce as loyalty to religion. I get it. But before you pounce, consider this.
Geno has inspirational speeches about character, a model example of a winning culture, countless former players who go on to achieve dominance internationally and are top players in the world. ALL of this equals power and prestige that gets funneled into UCONN and creates this rabbit for everyone to chase.
But college women’s basketball, like so many other women’s sports, is frustrating in the sense that they still struggle to achieve any kind of equality in the broadcasting space.
Snippets of full games and “rotational” coverage of women’s games while 5 full games of men’s teams in the first round of play on 5 different networks show during the tourney.
I am not saying that Geno can or should change this alone but his voice matters and he has pull. I have to imagine the players of the NCAA understand this better than anyone but which coaches are empowering their athletes to understand and recognize their second class citizenship, still, in 2017?
Tara at Stanford actively works to support and counsel women coaches who are having trouble getting back into the resume pools because that is a REAL challenge for female coaches. These are things you won’t see in the media.
Instead of doing any of the above, Geno talks into the microphone about women “not wanting to coach” like he’s some political science major.
Great, his daughter called him out to clarify but, so what. I would like to see not just Geno but other basketball coaches, both male and female do more than just affect their own sphere. If they aren’t wiling, then wth are we doing?
ANY coaches what are your thoughts? We need to talk about this.”