More International Women’s Day rantings: lack of female coaches

In basketball, female coaches are still pretty rare, says the Oregonian.

And why? They can only guess:

There are plenty of viable reasons women don’t get into coaching — or leave the profession.

Carpenter and Trapp mentioned family obligations as one likely culprit. Women in today’s society are still expected to fulfill a great deal of child-rearing and domestic responsibilities, and that can be a difficult balance to strike with the demands of a coaching position.

Trapp mentioned that one of his assistant coaches, Korey Landolt, had a child about a year ago. She also teaches health and physical education at Clackamas.

“That’s a lot of work,” Trapp said.

Researchers Perkins and Carpenter said the decisions of women themselves might also be an influence. As a result of Title IX, many educational and career paths began opening up for women that had been more difficult to come by. Many coaches often work in the educational system, and if women choose to pursue other careers, they may not be thinking about going into coaching.

“I think the goal to have female coaches is a good one and one that has a value to it, Carpenter said. “I think that, in order to reach that goal, we need to do a better job at having young women at least put the notion of coaching into the menu of job opportunities that they consider, and that has to happen early.”

Probably some of all of that, and other things.

Thoughts, readers? Other possible explanations?