The State of Women College Coaches


Guests: Nicole LaVoi, Karen Borbee, and Karen Weaver

March Madness is in full swing and fans across the country are pouring over tournament brackets for men’s and women’s basketball teams who will compete in the NCAA tournament. That being said, the intense media frenzy is not the norm for female coaches or athletes. In this hour of Radio Times, we discuss the state of women college coaches. Why has the number of women coaches decreased since Title IX was enacted? We’ll look at how they’re paid, how many of them are there, their experiences, issues with Title IX, how they compare with their male counterparts, and more. We’ll also discuss the disparity of media coverage of female coaches and athletes compared to men, and look at what it’s like in the life of a woman college coach today. We’ll speak with NICOLE LAVOI of the University of Minnesota’s Tucker Center, KAREN WEAVER of Drexel University, and KAREN BORBEE, head women’s lacrosse coach at Swarthmore College.

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