Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Why Aren't More Women Coaching Men?


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Why Aren't More Women Coaching Men?

by Ryan Scott, D3sports.com

"This past fall, the New York Times did a feature on a regular season Division III men’s soccer match. This unusual attention was due to who was on the sidelines. Both NYU and Chicago men’s soccer teams are helmed by women. This matchup was believed to be the first time two college men’s teams have faced off with female head coaches on both sides, and Julianne Sitch’s Chicago Maroons went on to win the national championship.

As far as we can tell, Division III men’s basketball has never had a full-time female head coach of any team. Just this week, Warren Wilson women’s basketball coach and athletic director, Robin Martin, has taken over the men’s team as well for the rest of 2022-23, but this doesn’t seem like a permanent move.

There’s no reason why a woman couldn’t coach men; there are certainly plenty of men coaching women’s teams — 38 percent of women’s basketball head coaches are men. (All NCAA statistics in this piece come from the NCAA demographic database. The most recent information available is for 2021.)

>> Court Awareness: "Men coaching women is not inherently problematic, so long as women receive opportunities to coach men as well — equal opportunity across basketball for all coaches to apply for all jobs. It’s not so easy, though. Becky Hammon spent seven years on the bench for the San Antonio Spurs, earning a stellar reputation as an assistant coach and widely believed to be the heir apparent to Gregg Popovich. After being passed over for a number of head coaching jobs in the NBA, she went to the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces and won the title in her very first season."

>> Why It Matters: "Kiki Jacobs, now the athletic director at Roger Williams relayed a story about searching for a coach for a women’s team at a previous school. “The student athletes wanted a male coach, because that’s what they were used to. I asked what they wanted to do after graduation. Some said ‘coach.’ I then asked, ‘so you wouldn’t want you as a coach?’ “They didn’t know what to say.”

>> Quotable: "Princeton women’s basketball head coach Carla Berube put it succinctly, when I asked why women don’t apply for more jobs, “Women, especially young women, constantly underestimate themselves.”

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2.  Utica Tops Poll For First Time

Remy Parker
photo by Katie Sturtevant

Utica ascended to the No. 1 ranking for the first time in program history as the USCHO.com DIII men's ice hockey poll was released Monday.

  1. Utica (10), 14-2-1
  2. Hobart (9), 17-2
  3. Endicott (1), 16-1
  4. Adrian, 14-3-2
  5. Aurora, 14-3-2
  6. Curry, 15-2
  7. Geneseo, 12-4-2
  8. Norwich, 14-4-2
  9. UW-Stevens Point, 12-3-3
  10. Oswego, 12-6-1
>> Biscuit In The Basket: Adrian's Matus Spodniak leads the country with 18 goals, while St. Scholastica's Arkhip Ledenkov is second at 16.

>> Last Line of Defense: Endicott's Ryan Wilson and Hobart's Damon Beaver are in a dead heat for top save percentage in DIII at 95.1 percent.

>> Complete Poll

3.  Falcons Fly To Top Spot

photo by Olivia Zwiefelhofer

There is a new No. 1 team in DIII after the weekend as UW-River Falls takes over the top position from Gustavus Adolphus.

  1. UW-River Falls (10), 16-2
  2. Gustavus Adolphus (9), 14-2
  3. Amherst (1), 16-1
  4. Plattsburgh State, 15-2
  5. Adrian, 16-1
  6. Middlebury. 10-4-1
  7. Hamilton, 12-3
  8. Norwich, 12-5-1
  9. UW-Eau Claire, 14-3-1
  10. Elmira, 14-5
>> Lighting The Lamp: Trine's Payton Hans tops DIII with 1.31 goals per game, while Aurora's Darci Matson and Adrian's Jessica VonRuden are tied for second (1.29)

>> Backstop: Adrian's Sophie Goldberg has a DIII-best 0.67 goals-against average, while Gustavus Adolphus' Katie McCoy is second at 0.82.

>> Complete Poll

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4.  Midd Makes Its Move


After a week that had a pair of road wins over top-10 opponents Keene State and Williams, Middlebury leaped six spots into the No. 5 position in this week's D3hoops.com men's basketball poll.

  1. St. Joseph's, Conn. (19), 18-0
  2. Randolph-Macon (6), 17-1
  3. Mount Union, 16-1
  4. Christopher Newport, 17-3
  5. Middlebury, 15-2
  6. Keene State, 17-1
  7. Wheaton, Ill., 16-2
  8. John Carroll, 15-2
  9. Swarthmore, 16-1
  10. Williams, 16-2

>> Points For or Points Against: The top five teams in DIII in scoring offense (Greenville, Hunter, Grinnell, Bethany Lutheran and Rowan) have a combined record of 43-45. The top five teams in scoring defense (Guilford, WPI, USJ, Randolph-Macon, RPI) have a combined record of 77-10.

>> Big Three: Lasell's EJ Day leads the country in scoring (26.3); Maine Maritime's Curt Heinz tops the rebounding charts (16.1); and Jared Jurss of Concordia (Wis.) has handed out a nation's best 8.2 helpers per game.

>> Complete Poll

5.  Tigers Stay On Top

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Trinity University solidified its No. 1 ranking in the latest D3hoops.com women's basketball poll while teams 2-5 remained in place.

  1. Trinity, Texas (18), 19-0
  2. Transylvania (6), 17-0
  3. Christopher Newport (1), 17-0
  4. Scranton, 17-0
  5. Smith, 16-1
  6. New York U., 13-2
  7. Chicago, 15-1
  8. Hope, 16-2
  9. Babson, 15-1
  10. Baldwin Wallace, 16-1

>> Offense and/or Defense: The top five teams in DIII in scoring offense (Birmingham-Southern, Hope, Christopher Newport, Trinity TX and Greensboro) have a combined record of 78-11. The top five teams in scoring defense (DeSales, WPI, Manhattanville, Randolph, Transylvania) are 74-10.

>> Stat LeadersKatherine Benes of Concordia-Chicago leads DIII  at 26.5 ppg., while Gabrielle Wardwell of NVU-Johnson has the nation's best 17.6 rpg. Franklin & Marshall's Jaclyn Feit tops all shot blockers at 4.54 per outing.

>> Complete Poll

6.  What to Watch

What we're watching online this Tuesday night. All times EST

 MIH: #15 Wesleyan (11-2-2) at Albertus Magnus (14-5-1), 4p
 WIH: #7 Hamilton (12-3) at #13 Utica (14-1-1), 7p
 WBB: Randolph (16-1) at Washington and Lee (15-2), 7p


7.  Lightning Round 


  • Utica University’s President Laura Casamento announced Academic Portfolio Review recommendations Wednesday proposing to eliminate 15 majors offered by the university. 
  • Honoring the two winningest baseball coaches in program history, the Concordia Texas Baseball team has announced that Tornado Field will be named Gardner-Boggs FieldMike Gardner and Tommy Boggs have led the Tornados as the skippers for the past two-plus decades, and accumulated a combined 581 wins. 
  Happy Birthday
  • Cake and candles for Evan Coleman, an Emory basketball alum; Curtis Madson, head volleyball coach, Concordia, Wis.; and Megan Bosworth, assistant AD and head athletic trainer, Saint Joseph's, Conn.)

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