“Good Old Boys” and “Good Old Girls” Clubs: Myth or Reality?

in Journal of Sport Management

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Dorothy J. Lovett University of Texas at Austin

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Two reasons given for the dramatic decline in the percentage of women coaches since the passage of Title IX have been the effectiveness of the “good old boys” network and the lack or ineffectiveness of the “good old girls” network. With homologous reproduction used as a theoretical basis for these networks, 1,106 public secondary schools were surveyed to determine their administrative structures based on the sex of the principals and the athletic directors. Two types of administrative structures were identified with four models under each type. The numbers of male and female head coaches in the girls' athletics program under each administrative structure were determined and analyzed for independence. Significant differences were found between the different administrative models and the gender of the head coaches. Findings are discussed in terms of the prevailing administrative structures and the representation of females in coaching as a result of the dominant group reproducing itself.

Dorothy J. Lovett is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, Bellmont 222, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712. Carla D. Lowry is with the Department of Kinesiology, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX 78628.

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