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