The 5 Easy Steps to Firing Your Female Coach
Amongst a few of the most disturbing trends in college athletics is the dwindling numbers of female coaches. We talk, write and debate about it when in reality, given the steady decline it is clear none of the above are promoting awareness.
As a result, in place of debating, a more creative approach is in order to demonstrate the absurdity of this trend that appears we are content on ignoring or in many cases, denying.
We can certainly point to instances where male coaches have been let go or resigned unfairly and that’s not ok either. However, given the state of athletics in education and the experience of countless female colleagues in this space, allow me to map out how simple it is to eliminate women in the athletic profession in 2017. Hopefully this reframing of the problem will help us all move beyond recognizing that the issue exists, so we can attack it.
The following steps, while certifiably exhausting and morally wrong, are those that can and are actively being solicited by schools and administrations interested in eliminating their female coaches/staff. Here are the 5 easy steps to achieve this goal…
Bio: Becky Carlson is an D-I NCAA Coach, Founder of The Fearless Coach.
“I am passionate about being a leader in Women’s NCAA Rugby. But I am far more passionate about the health and welfare of our coaching population. I am interested in connecting with other coaches who are challenged daily through this profession with today’s generation.
More important than than coaching is my mission of commitment to equity in college athletics. Athletics remains a staple in a long line of vehicles used to create social change. I am a firm believer that if we have truthful conversations with the next generation, both male and female about equity and treatment, we can solve unfair hiring and ethical practices in athletics. Ultimately this will lead us to a healthier society with both women and men having equal representation in law making, policy development and in the workforce. If you are having trouble as a coach finding your voice and asking for more, please connect with me. We can all learn from one another.
Our coaches at all divisions in all sports have remained silent as we have watched our population since Title IX in 1972, plummet from 90% women coaching women’s sports, to 40% in 2015. It’s time for a second wave of change because our work is not yet complete. I am a graduate and proud member of Class 36 of the NCAA Coaches Academy and the Alliance of Women Coaches. #StrongerTogether”