Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, the number of female coaches in the United States has grown due to an increased number of female sports offered at the collegiate level. However, the percent of female collegiate sports teams coached by women has dropped from 90% to 42.9% (Acosta & Carpenter, 2012) suggesting that female coaches are not benefiting from the growth in women’s athletic opportunities. The purpose of this project was to examine research articles published within the past 40 years that focused on female coaches to understand the female coaches’ experiences.
Lauren Deckelbaum, M.S. is a 3rd year doctoral student at West Virginia University majoring in Kinesiology with a cognate area in Physical Education Teacher Education and Women in Sport. She earned her master’s in Athletic Coaching Education from West Virginia University and her bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education from Frostburg State University.