Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Where Are All the Women Coaches?

JANUARY 1, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Where Are All the Women Coaches?

"Before Title IX, women were head coaches of more than 90 percent of women’s college teams. Passage of the law flooded women’s sports with money and created many more jobs, many of which went to men. Now about 40 percent of women’s college teams are coached by women. Only about 3 percent of men’s college teams are coached by women.
That means that men have roughly double the number of opportunities to coach. It only gets worse higher up the administrative ladder: 89 percent of Division I college athletic directors are men.
Without equal opportunities to lead, women don’t."
In this article by Lindsay Crouse in the New York Times and the accompanying video op-ed, the argument is made that by not diversifying, college teams are leaving "points on the field."

>> Why It Matters: We all know the trope: When a woman doesn’t lead well, it’s evidence that women can’t lead. When a man doesn’t work out, he wasn’t the right fit. Women need to be twice as good, often while working twice as hard, to stay in the game. A lot of women leave. And when you let an entire category of people disappear from your talent pool, everyone suffers.

>> The Big Picture: According to a Harvard study, gender-balanced teams perform better than male-dominated teams. A 2019 Harvard Business Review study found that “women outscored men on 17 of the 19 capabilities that differentiate excellent leaders from average or poor ones.” Another analysis of gender studies shows that when it comes to leadership skills, men excel at confidence, whereas women stand out for competence.

>> Worth Noting: Division III conferences such as the CentennialMiddle Atlantic and Southern Collegiate have annual symposiums that encourage undergraduate women to become involved in coaching and athletic administration.

>> The Final Word: Today we raise our little girls to follow their dreams and to excel. That is, until they become women and expect to be paid for it.

2.  #whyD3

3.  Best of the Decade 

We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and top four finishers in outdoor track and field.
Champions: UW-La Crosse (4), Mount Union (2), North Central (2), McMurry, UW-Eau Claire.

Runner-Up: UW-Eau Claire (3), UW-La Crosse (3), MIT, North Central, Salisbury, UW-Whitewater.

Top Four Finishes: UW-La Crosse (8), Mount Union (4), North Central (4), UW-Eau Claire (4), UW-Oshkosh (4), UW-Whitewater (3), Benedictine (2), McMurry (2), MIT (2), Salisbury (2), Monmouth, Rowan, Washington U., UW-Platteville, UW-Stout.

Champions: Wartburg (3), Illinois Wesleyan (2), George Fox, Loras, UMass Boston, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, Washington U.

Runner-Up: UW-Oshkosh (4), Baldwin Wallace, Ithaca, Wartburg, Washington U., UW-Eau Claire.

Top Four Finishes: Wartburg (5), Washington U. (5), UW-Oshkosh (5), Illinois Wesleyan (3), UW-La Crosse (3), George Fox (2), Methodist (2), MIT (2), Baldwin Wallace, Buffalo State, Carthage, Claremont-M-S, Ithaca, Johns Hopkins, Loras, UMass Boston, Mount Union, Ramapo, Williams, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Whitewater.

Coming Thursday: we conclude our series with Rowing.


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4.  About Last Night 

  Calvin Fisher capped 2019 on a high note, tipping in the game-winning basket with three seconds remaining to lift Millikin (3-9) past No. 10 Washington U., 63-61.

  Shawn Pardee and Eddie Thigpen combined for 50 points as Olivet (3-8) rolled over No. 18 Carthage, 88-73. It was the Comets' first win over a top-25 opponent since 2010.

  It was quite a night for Pomona-Pitzer's Micah Elan who tallied 32 points and handed out 11 assists as the Sagehens (8-2) defeated Gustavus Adolphus, 110-91.

  King's Samantha Rajza made 12 of 14 shots from the floor, including six from long-range, for a career-high 31 points as the Monarchs (6-3) downed Keystone, 83-54.

  Ayanna Johnson filled the stat sheet with 21 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocks as Rowan improved to 11-1 with an 87-85 OT victory at Cabrini.

5.  Pics du Jour

Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP
Above: A fisheye lens shows confetti dropping over Times Square at midnight.
Below: Phones'-eye view of the Arc de Triomphe, on the Champs-Élysées, Paris.

Photo: Christophe Ena/AP

Photo: Bruna Prado/AP
Above: Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Below: On the Vegas strip, an eight-minute Fireworks by Grucci show.

Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images
- courtesy of Axios

6.  1 Hangover Thing 

The "hangover remedy" business has exploded in the past three years, "a surprising counterpoint to decreased alcohol consumption among American millennials and Generation Z," the WashPost's Laura Reiley reports (subscription).
  • "There are capsules and patches and beverages."
  • Buzzwords include milk thistle and prickly pear.
"A raft of these remedies has cropped up on .... 'Shark Tank' ... and nabbed up to $10 million of Silicon Valley venture capital money," the Post adds.
  • Hangover-hack start-ups "have rocketed out $1 million in sales in three months."
also courtesy of Axios

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