Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi

Director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport

Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi is the Director of the Tucker Center for Research on girls & Women in Sport and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. LaVoi and the Tucker Team plan and host the Women Coaches Symposium. Prior, she was a Research & Program Associate in the Mendelson Center for Sport & Character at the University of Notre Dame (2002-05), an Assistant Professor and the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Wellesley College (1994-98), and the Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach at Carleton College (1991-93). LaVoi played intercollegiate tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College winning the NCAA-III National Team Championships in 1990. In her primary line of research LaVoi focuses on the under-representation of women in the coaching profession and authored a new book Women in Sports Coaching (2016) and the Women in Collegiate Coaching Report Card, now in its seventh year. She co-produced with tptMN, Game On: Women Can Coach, a documentary about and for women coaches. LaVoi frequently speaks around the world on a variety of topics related to coaching, gender and sport, and recruiting and retaining women coaches. She also serves on the Board of Directors for WeCOACH (formerly the Alliance of Women Coaches) and is a faculty member for the NCAA Women Coaches Academies. Watch Dr. LaVoi’s 2016 Distinguished Lecture “Paradox, Pitfalls, & Parity: Where Have all the Women Coaches Gone?”


Nicole M. LaVoi