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Women coaching girls hoops increasing as veteran coaches act to keep it that way

By Adam Krohn, AJC, 02/04/20, 10:15AM CST


Between the 2018-19 season and this season, there were 16 instances in which males replaced female coaches. There were 22 instances in which a female replaced a male coach — a net gain of six females. A female coach replaced a female coach 25 times, and a male replaced a male 32 times.

In 2017, UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma drew ire with a tone-deaf comment, saying the reason for a decade-long decline of the number of women’s coaches at the collegiate level was because, “not as many women want to coach.”

In many cases, women have to choose between the time-consuming commitment of coaching or parenting. As child-bearers, women inherently take on a bigger role in co-parenting, which is what made Auriemma’s quote so polarizing.“That’s the way of the world right now,” said long-time Westlake High School girls coach Hilda Hankerson, who took over the Lady Lions program in 1997 and won the Class AAAAAAA championship last season. “The same amount of respect is not given (to women as men).”