Where Are the Women Coaches?

More colleges than ever have added women's teams, but female coaches still have an uneven playing field

Ted Kirk for TIME

More female college athletes are being coached by men like John Cook who heads the University of Nebraska volleyball team.

If you're a young woman looking for a coaching job, dreaming of winning a college championship, be sure to talk first with Dena Evans. Her stint as coach of Stanford's top-flight women's cross-country team was anything but glamorous. During meets, she would roam the sidelines of cold Midwestern towns and between races breast-feed her baby beneath a tree. She spent team van rides stressed out, wondering if her child's wails were ruining her runners' concentration. Because her husband traveled frequently for work, she often couldn't leave the kids with him. "We're not like Posh and Becks with the nanny and the...

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