In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the NCAC has partnered with WeCOACH to offer a year-long development program for current and aspiring women coaches for the 2022-23 academic year.
The program, open to all current & aspiring women coaches (volunteers, GAs/Managers, student-athletes, etc.), strength & conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, SWAs, and sport administrators, is a year-round professional growth and leadership development program designed specifically for Division II and Division III women coaches in all sports and will feature nationally renowned experts addressing timely topics impacting the coaching profession.
"As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, I couldn't be more pleased to partner with WeCOACH to provide the opportunity for connection, support and development to our current and aspiring female coaches,” said Keri Alexander Luchowski, NCAC executive director. “This type of investment honors our long history of support for women in college athletics in all roles and ties into our belief in the role of athletics in higher education. Coaches serve as educators on our campuses, in ways that complement classroom instruction; we should be making sure our women coaches are prepared to thrive in this environment.”
The program will also work to actively identify and build the pipeline of women on Division II and III campuses who aspire to enter the coaching profession by hosting “Catch a Vision” sessions that will provide best practices for securing coaching opportunities, networking, and career-strategy.
WeCoach has a mission to recruit, advance and retain women coaches in all sports and levels. This Development Program offers strategies to help navigate the challenges and obstacles women coaches face to stay in, feel supported, and advance in the coaching profession. Throughout the 2022-23 academic year, the inaugural program participants will be offered three virtual sessions led by nationally renowned experts (fall, winter & spring), as well as have access to participate in the WeCOACH Mentor Program, WeAMPLIFY for women coaches of color, live video chats and more.
WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs states, "As our nation celebrates Title IX at 50, the data demonstrates greater investment in women coaches is necessary to support their advancement and retention in the coaching profession. We are excited to offer this year-round Development Program for women coaches in Divisions II and III. One of our organization’s goals is to make our transformational programming accessible and affordable for women coaches working in every level of sport. This new Development Program does just that for Division II and III coaches."
Championing this initiative is Sunshine State Conference Commissioner and WeCOACH Board member, Ed Pasque, and Jay Jones, Commissioner of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Both played invaluable leadership roles and committed significant time to provide guidance and insights to help establish the new initiative for Divisions II and III. And they were amongst the first to commit to having their league’s women coaches participate.
Jones states, "I am really excited for this partnership, especially in light of recently celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the importance of what that legislation has meant for women in education. Being able to partner on a sports based educational initiative seemed ideal in that way, but more importantly this relationship helps us work towards our strategic vision of better serving underrepresented individuals across our conference and helping those individuals grow as professionals."
The NCAC joins the following conferences in the inaugural 2022-23 Development Program:
NCAA Division II Conferences:
NCAA Division III Conferences:
Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth & leadership development programs. Prior to Title IX, over 90% of women’s collegiate sports teams were coached by women. Today, 50 years later, data indicates that number has decreased to a stagnant 43% in Division I (41% in all three NCAA Divisions), with only 7.3% women coaches of color. A dearth 5% women coach men's teams, and at the youth level, the data is hard to estimate (approx. <20% of teams are coached by women). As part of its year-long Title IX 50th Anniversary campaign, WeCOACH launched MOVE the NUMBERS to help change the landscape for women coaches and to impact history for the next 50 years. For more information visit wecoachsports.org/50th
About the NCAC
Founded in 1983 as one of the first conferences to specifically form to support women’s sports, the North Coast Athletic Conference consists of nine academically selective colleges and universities - Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University, and the College of Wooster along with affiliate members Allegheny College and Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.