The 7th annual Women Coaches Symposium has been canceled for 2021 due to COVID-19 considerations. The WCS provides high-quality educational programming, networking, professional development and community building for 350+ women coaches, administrators, students, and those who support women coaches, at all levels of competition and all sports.


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 postpone the WCS for this spring. We are looking at dates in the Fall to hold the event and will communicate with you as updates unfold.

WCS 2020 & Coronavirus Impact Statement

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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

WCS Panelist Muna Mohamed Makes a Difference


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We 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.

Muna Mohamed levels the playing field on and off the court.

In just a few short years, Muna Mohamed received her master’s in kinesiology, started her own business, and was recently recognized by three influential organizations on local and international levels...Read the full story  here.

Nominate a Coach of the Year, presented by Jostens


In 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. We at the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, at the University of Minnesota have developed an award and criteria that honors these women. This award is presented by Jostens.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: Monday, March 2, 2020.

AWARD CATEGORIES: We are honoring two coaches: one collegiate coach (any level), one youth sport/high school/or club coach.



* Commitment to giving back
* Cares about and fosters holistic athlete well being and development
* Strives for performance excellence
* Honors the game by demonstrating good sport behavior & showing respect for rules, opponents, officials, athletes & self
* Maintains high ethical standards
* Conducts herself with professionalism
* Gives back and pays it forward

If you have any questions, please contact McKenzie Arbeiter, [email protected]
We expect the coach and nominator to be present to accept the award at the WCS.


To register for the WCS being co-hosted by the Tucker Center, WeCOACH & Gopher Athletics, held on April 24 at TCF Bank Stadium and see our amazing program and speakers visit WCS.UMN.EDU

WCS 2020 theme announced!



On 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.

Constellations are not always visible, but invisible does not mean non-existent.

Your network and community of women coaches and those who support you is always there.

Join the 2020 WCS constellation for networking, professional development and community building.

See the Speakers Tab for our confirmed speaker list.

This November 14, Give to the Tucker Center Max Day

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Support the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, the first and worldwide leading research center of its kind. Match your passion and help us make a difference in the lives of girls and women in sport by supporting our research, graduate education, and community outreach.

Give to the Max Day—Minnesota's annual online giving extravaganza—is just a few days away on Thursday, November 14! Give here. 

Meet 2020 WCS Speaker Jen Fry

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Meet 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. She quit her 15-year coaching career to start her social justice firm which helps athletic departments have more productive conversations about race. Jen says, “Race, while a social construct, has real life consequences for our student athletes. Consequences we should all be aware of.” Watch her TedxTalk from earlier this year where she lays out the current racial disparities in college athletics.

FREE! Digital Summit for Women in Sport

The 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.


Hosted by Hudl and WeCOACH.

Dec. 16, 2019
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT


2020 WCS, Jean K. Freeman Keynote Speaker Announced

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

Valorie Kondos Field is the retired head coach of the seven-time NCAA Champion, 22-time Regional and 18-time Pac 12 Champion UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team. Inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, the four-time “National Coach of the Year” was also named “West Region Coach” of the Year and Pac 12 “Coach of the Century” for her solid track record as a preeminent coach.

Affectionately known by her gymnasts as “Miss Val,” her reputation is only one reason that 46 former US national team members came through her program and why half of the last two Olympic teams committed to UCLA. Valorie’s coaching success can be attributed to her extraordinary leadership and mentorship of young student-athletes, and the way in which she used gymnastics as an avenue through which to teach valuable life lessons, while encouraging individuality and joy. Something Valorie learned from the late John Wooden, the legendary and most successful collegiate basketball coach of all time, who was one of her biggest inspirations, as well as a close mentor and friend.

Meet 8 Women Coaches Who Will Fire You Up!

Lori Meyer
Meet 8 Women Coaches Who Will Fire You Up in our video shorts produced by tptMN as a result of our full length documentary Game On: Women Can Coach.

In a world of sports dominated by male coaches, these women teach female athletes about leadership and perseverance.

From soccer field to shining hockey arena – and every homespun and professional-grade sports venue in between – more young women flock to sports now than at any other time in history. Even though hopeful trends suggest that global viewers are starting to engage more in women’s sports (according to a 2018 Nielsen study), women’s teams garner less financial support than men’s teams – and female athletes tend to earn less than their male counterparts.

But there’s another glaring problem staring down the sports industry. Despite the explosion of women participating in athletics today, a shockingly small percentage of them are coached by women.

Twin Cities PBS partnered with the University of Minnesota’s Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport to explore the organization’s research on this issue and the barriers women face on a career path to coaching. So we interviewed eight women coaches to dispel false narratives, discover some solutions and highlight why it matters to have women coaching.

As part of our partnership with tptMN, we’ve also featured Minnesota Lynx Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve. 

Reeve was the 2019 WCS Jean K. Freeman Keynote speaker.

Congrats to our 2019 Coach of the Year Winners

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Congrats 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

Pictured here with Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, Brian Klempke of Jostens, Weber, Hunt, Cheryl Reeve (L ot R)

Award criteria:


•Committed to giving back

•Care about and fosters holistic athlete well-being and development

•Strives for performance excellence

•Honors the game by demonstrating good sport behavior and showing respect for rules, opponents, officials, athletes and herself

•Maintains high ethical standards

•Conducts herself with professionalism