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Due to continued COVID-19 considerations, the Tucker Center has made the difficult decision to not hold a Women Coaches Symposium in the Spring of 2021. We offer our apologies.

Monday, December 21, 2020 - 4:00pm

After careful consideration and consultation, and in keeping with the University of Minnesota’s guidance for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Women Coaches Symposium (WCS) Planning Committee has made the very difficult decision to cancel the WCS for 2020.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 2:15pm

We want to be proactive in planning for the 2020 Women Coaches Symposium related to the COVID-19 outbreak. We must acknowledge the uncertainty this virus is inserting into planning for April. We are considering how to best support all attendees who may find their lives disrupted by the effects of the virus.

The University of Minnesota staff members and our WCS planning committee continue to monitor COVID-19 and its impact to community members and colleagues' travel. We will keep you updated as we make decisions effecting the WCS.

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 8:45am

headshot of Muna MohamedWe are thrilled Muna Mohamed will be on our Changmakers Panel this year. Recently, the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota ran a story that detailed Muna's achievements.

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 4:00pm

jostensIn the seven years we have hosted the Women Coaches Symposium (WCS) we have encountered many amazing women! We know of many exemplar women coaches at all levels of sport who are committed to "doing it right" and we want to honor them.

Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 11:45am

We know that some coaches and coaching practices are detrimental to the health of female athletes. Read this story titled, Toxic sport cultures are damaging female athletes’ health, but we can do better.

To address and to educate coaches, at the WCS 2020 we have invited a panel of health professionals from the TRIA Women's Sport Medicine Clinic to discuss many of the issues raised in the above article.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 10:00am

constellationOn April 24, 2020 we will come together as a constellation of sport coaches.

Constellations are small patterns within a bigger system.

Constellations are roadmaps for a movement, and show the way by providing points of light to let others know they are not alone.

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:00am

Give to the Max Day Logo, grey and maroon text on yellow background with the state of Minnesota in the backgroundSupport the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, the first and worldwide leading research center of its kind.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 8:00am

headshot of Jen Fry, brunette adult womanMeet Jen Fry, owner and CEO of JenFryTalks and a confirmed speaker at the 2020 WCS. Jen is a former collegiate athlete and coach and is a dynamic speaker and educator.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 11:00am

Freeman keynote speakers

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 4:45pm

breakthroughThe BreakThrough Summit is a free, digital leadership summit designed to develop and celebrate women in sports. Tune in to hear from the top women in sports leadership and network virtually with your peers. Many past WCS speakers are featured.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 8:30am

Miss ValWe are thrilled to welcome Miss Val, to the 2020 Women Coaches Symposium!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 8:30am

image of page 1 of WCS 2019 report and evalThe 2019 Women Coaches Symposium Report and Evaluation has been repleased. 

Click here to download and read the report.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 4:15pm

Lori MeyerMeet 8 Women Coaches Who Will Fire You Up in our video shorts produced by tptMN as a result of our full length documentary

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:45pm

COY winners 2019Congrats to our first-ever 2019 WCS Coach of the Year Award Winners, sponosored by Jostens.

2019 WCS College Coach of the Year: Gretchen Hunt

WCS 2019 Youth Coach of the Year: Jennifer Weber

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 3:15pm

WCS picCheck out event photos for the 2019 WCS on our Facebook page, or through the #WCS2019 hashtag on Twitter.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 1:15pm

programClick here to see full program, speaker bios, sponsors and more!

Download a PDF of the full WCS 2019 Program & Schedule

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 5:00pm

Registration for the Women Coaches Symposium is now closed as we finalize preparation details.
If you would like to be placed on the Waiting List, please email Jonathan Sweet at sweet006@umn.edu


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 12:45pm

Nicole M. LaVoiOn Episode 13 of The WeCOACH Podcast, Marci Kornegay talks with the trusted voice behind the research of why women coaches matter, Dr. Nicole M.

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 3:45pm

programWe are excited to see you all next week for the 6th annual Women Coaches Symposium, Friday April 19, 7-4pm, with the theme "self care for coaches."

We are nearly sold out & registration closes Sunday night.

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 2:45pm

sbpWe invite you to contribute to the 2019 WCS Sports Bra Drive and help increase access to sports by removing a barrier to participation. 

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 11:45am

jostensNEW this year are Coach of the Year Awards, sponsored by Jostens. In the six years we have hosted the WCS we have encountered amazing women!

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 2:30pm

CAAWSLast February, the Government of Canada announced they would dedicate $30 million towards achieving gender equity in sport - an unprecedented investment in the futures of women and girls across the country.

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 11:45am

We offer a limited number of scholarships for the WCS. To apply please visit this link.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 9:45am

phil partner 2019For the second year our Philanthropic Partner for the Women Coaches Symposium is The Sports Bra Project!

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:30am

wecoach logoWeCOACH is a co-host of the annual WCS. WeCOACH is the premier membership organization dedicated to the recruitment, advancement, and retention of women coaches of all sports and levels.

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 3:15pm

DaheiaIn line with our theme "self care for coaches" we are offering an optional yoga practice during registration! All levels of yogis welcome and no special clothing required. Yoga will be lead by Dr.

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 2:45pm

WCSSelf care for coaches is our theme for WCS 2019. Self care involves many aspects including social support. Check out Girls’ Night In, the popular self-care newsletter.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:00am

DohertyDr. Alison Doherty is a Professor with the Sport Management program in the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 10:00am

ngwsdNational Girls & Women in Sports Day is marked annually with events around the country and on Capitol Hill to commemorate the achievements of girls and women in athletics. In addition,

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 4:30pm

Is your organization interested in becoming a sponsor of the Women Coaches Symposium?

See our Sponsorship Packages here.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 3:15pm

Check out MPR's Call to Mind.


All of us experience various levels of mental wellbeing at different points in our life. Half of us will personally experience at least one mental health condition in our lifetime. And yet misconception and discrimination still exist, causing people to feel shame, suffer in silence and either not seek or be able to access treatment.

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 3:30pm

tucker team 2Tucker Center Director LaVoi and The Tucker Team, Anna Baeth, Courtney Boucher, Mikinzee Salo & McKenzie Arbeiter, will deliver an afternoon WCS session "You are Not Alone, POWER UP!: How to use the Latest Data About and for Women Coaches." This se

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 2:45pm

FaithCoach Johnson Patterson is a two-time Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame basketball coach and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the WCS on our "Navigating Career Changes" panel.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 12:00pm

Game OnWhile there has been an explosion of women participating in athletics since Title IX, only about 40% of them are coached by women.

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 4:15pm

Lynn Comer KachmarikLynn Comer Kachmarik, Founder and CEO of True Brand Sports LLC, brings her year sof experience as an athletic administrator, former coach and Hall of Fame water polo athlete to the WCS.

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 9:15am

Her Next PlayAudra Emerson & Sara Wegmann of CareerPrep and Her Next Play, a nonprofit that empowers female at

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:15pm

WeztsteonOur latest speaker addition, Rev. Dr. Wetzsteon, will add to the "taking care of coaches" by addressing the spiritual component of coach wellbeing, an often overlooked component.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 10:45am

Kathy Flamino Head ShotKathy Flamino, LGSW, MSW, E-RYT-200, is the founder of 1000 Petals LLC, a training and consulting company on the science and practice of mindfulness, movement and social/emotional learning.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 9:45am

holisticWe are putting together another great program for the 2019 Women Coaches Symposium around the theme of "self-care for coaches." Currently the mental health and well being of athletes is an important and hot topic in coaching circles.

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 3:45pm

early birdDon't miss out on our Early Bird rate which is open until Feburary 1, 2019.

New speakers being added weekly.

Hope to see you April 19th.

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 3:30pm

promo videoCheck out our promotional video that shows what the Women Coaches Symposium is all about. Networking. Professional Development. Community Building. FUN!

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 10:30am

We are putting together a great program for the 2019 Women Coaches Symposium around the theme of "self care for coaches." Coaches take care of their athletes, but who is taking care of coaches? Holistic health and wellbeing of coaches will be addressed in multiple ways with a variety of fantastic speakers!

Confirmed speaker list below as of 12.17.18 (check back for updates!)

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 11:45am

Game OnThe Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport with tptMN has produced, Game ON: Women Can Coach, a documentary that explores research, dispels false narratives, celebrates female coaching pioneer

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 2:15pm

Dr. LaVoiWatch Tucker Center co-director, Dr. Nicole LaVoi's "Changing our Narrative Together" 2018 WCS Keynote.

video by Colleen Carey, See 47 Productions


Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 3:15pm

Reeve & WhalenPlanning is underway for the 6th annual Women Coaches Symposium! Friday, April 19, 2019

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 3:15pm

Mark your calendars for next year's Women Coaches Symposium, which is scheduled for April 19, 2019. Check back for updates on sessions and speakers! We'll see you in 2019!

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 9:45am

Each year we send out a post WCS survey to get feedback. To read this year's report see below.

 Report and Evaluation: 2018 Women Coaches Symposium

Organized by the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota,
in partnership with Gopher Athletics & The Alliance of Women Coaches

Friday, April 20, 2018

TCF Bank Stadium, DQ Club Room, University of Minnesota

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:00am

WCS Photo 1WCS 2018 photos are up on our Facebook page! See if you can find any familiar faces.

Click here to view the album.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:45am

wcs 2Thank you to the 350+ women coaches and a few male ally attendees, vendors, and sponsors who helped make the WCS another success.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 2:15pm

The good news is WCS is sold out and registration is closed.

We will taking limited walk-up registants the day of the WCS.

It is going to be a great day! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 1:30pm

raffle tixEach year at the conclusion of the WCS we hold a raffle. You must be present to win! Each attendee gets one raffle ticket with registration.

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 4:15pm

Beth Bass the US Director of Women's Sport Marketing/NCAA for adidas will provide closing remarks for WCS attBeth Bassendees. Bass brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight pertaining to women's sport to the WCS.

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 11:00am

History in the Making: Championship Women Hockey Coaches

During the 2018 Minnesota State Girls' High School Hockey Tournament history was made. Three of the four head coaches in the Class A and AA finals were women! Both championship teams, Breck and Edina, were coached by women. Given that less than 25% of college hockey teams are coached by women, these accomplishments are historic. In this panel, these women and their athletes will talk about what this means to them and the game.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 3:00pm

sports bra projectEncourage your own group, staff or team to sponsor a sports bra drive in advance of the Women Coaches Symposium!

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 1:30pm

SHECANCOACHA limited amount of custom swag will be available for sale on site! [cash or check]

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:45pm

We are excited to announce our SPARK PRESENTER line up for the 2018 WCS.

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 4:30pm

Tucker Center Co-Director Dr.Nicole M LaVoi will close out the WCS with a keynote focused on Changing the Narratives for and about Women Coaches, a subject she feels passionate about and has focused her work on in 2018. You can read Dr. LaVoi's five-part blog series on this important topic here.

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 10:15am

Susan TeeterIn her 33 years as head coach of the Princeton women’s swim team, Susan Teeter established herself as one of the most decorated swim coaches in the country.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 11:00am

See 47 ProductionsOur Media Partner for 2018 is See47 Productions, owned and operated by Colleen Carey! Colleen has over 20 years of experience coaching club, high school, college and ODP soccer.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:15pm

TCSL Our Programmatic Partner for 2018 is Twin Cities Soccer Leagues(TCSL). TCSL aims to provide the highest quality soccer league experience in Minnesota, offering competitive soccer for all levels of play. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 11:45am

early birdEarly Bird Registration for the 2018 WCS ends Feb 15!

We have individual, group, administrator, and a new VIP registration options.


Friday, February 9, 2018 - 9:45am

2017-18_select_7_coverThe Tucker Center, in collaboration with the Alliance of Women Coaches, is proud to announce the release of the 2017-18 Head Coaches of Women’s Collegiate Teams: A Report on Seven Select NCAA Division-I Conferences [AAC, ACC, Big Ea

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 8:45am

Molly GrishamMolly Grisham has 20 years experience coaching club, high school, and college soccer coach.She now owns Influence LLC where she works with teams a

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 1:00pm

Terry GanleyGopher Women's Swimming and Diving Coach Terry Ganley to introduce the Jean K. Freeman Keynote speaker and fellow swim coach colleague Susan Teeter. Two of the best women coaches in the biz!

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 2:30pm

adidas logoWe are pleased to announce two important developments for the 2018 WCS.

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 1:00pm

Missy PriceWe are excited to announce and welcome Dr. Missy Price to the speaker line-up for the 2018 WCS! Dr. Price brings valuable experience and knowledge to share with attendees.

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 9:15am

Sarah Dwyer-ShickMeet Sarah Dwyer-Shick, Founder of the Sports Bra Project our chosen philanthropic partner for the 2018 WCS!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 4:00pm

We have added a group registration option for this year's coaching symposium!

If you are registering a group, please note that you will need to supply the following variables for EACH participant in order to complete the registration process: 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 12:45pm

Cindra KamphoffDr. Kamphoff is recognized nationally for her work and contributions to the field of performance psychology. As a leader, high performance coach, author, professor, and speaker, Dr. Kamphoff brings passion, energy, and authenticity to her work with athletes, performers, business people.

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 1:45pm

To celebrate a new year and to invest in yourself, register now! Early Bird Registration for the 5th annual Women Coaches Symposium is now open!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 8:00am

The program for the 2018 WCS is nearly complete!

We have a line-up of networking, experts, engaging discussions, and a new, exciting, dynamic, element where coaches (you!) will SPARK = Speak.Personally.About.Relevant.Knowledge. To submit your SPARK contact Anna baeth003@umn.edu for more information or read about the SPARK post in the "About Us>News" tab.

Registration opens January 1.

You can see more details about the WCS under the "Program" tab including our speaker biographies.

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 12:30pm

For the 2018 WCS we have added a new, exciting, dynamic, and engaging programmatic element: SPARKS! 

Coaches can learn a great deal from each other and we encourage YOU to participate!!!spark

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 8:15am

Student-athlete mental health is a common issue all coaches deal with, often with very little training or knowledge on the subject. Coaches have a role in supporing athlete mental health and Emily O'Hara will provide practical strategies and best-practices to help this process.

Emily O'Hara, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Care Manager in the Office for Student Affairs at the University of Minnesota, has been added to the WCS line-up! She will give a breakout session titled: Supporting Student-Athletes in Distress: We All Have A Role.

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 10:45am

To help promote the Women Coaches Symposium to the women coaches in your department, school, club or community, please download the flyer. We hope to see you April 20th!

WCS 2018 Flyer

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:15am

According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, "The act of professional negotiation has a completely different definition for men than for women. For women, negotiation is seen as an improper act of appearing “greedy” or desperate.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 7:15am

The Sports Bra ProjectOur Philanthropic Partner for 2018 Women Coaches Symposium (WCS) is The Sports Bra Project! Lack of access (whether it be due to logistical, cultural or financial factors) to a sports bra can be a barrier to sport par

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 11:00am

This year's Jean K. Freeman Keynote speaker is fittingly Susan Teeter, former (and now retired) Princeton University Women's Swim Coach. In her 33 years as head coach of the Princeton women’s swim team, Teeter established herself as one of the most decorated swim coaches in the country, guiding her program to 17 Ivy League Titles and earning numerous accolades including the College Swim Coaches Association's “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 7:30am

For the 5th annual Women Coaches Symposium (WCS) we've launched this new website!

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 3:00pm